Monthly Archives: August 2014


Did Shakespeare’s political views seep into his plays?  You might want to read Noah Berlatsky’s article in The Atlantic before you answer that question. _ _ _ Who are the best writers, men or women?  A new poll comes out … Continue reading

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So Many Books, So Little Time

I’ve just been surfing the net, and finding some books I’d really like to read.  But two problems immediately come to mind.  First, I’m a very slow reader and I already own about 50 times the number of books I’ll … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month – August 2014

Last year Time published a book entitled The 100 Most Influential People Who Never Lived.  The “people” come from literature, TV, movies, and even opera.  Below you will find descriptions of 20 of the 100.  Your job is to name … Continue reading

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Did You Know . . . ?

Norman Bridwell’s Tiny the Big Red Dog became Clifford the Big Red Dog after his wife suggested that the dog be named after her imaginary childhood friend. _ _ _ Anthony Burgess, felt that the film version of his book, … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

“The peculiarity of this book is that I never saw it coming.  I started what I thought was a short story about some events in my family and things I witnessed growing up, and by the end I realized I … Continue reading

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Movie Notes

Back in July, 2011, I wrote the following: Erich Maria Remarque (born Erich Paul Remark) served in the German army during World War I.  In 1929 he published a book that described the lives of German soldiers in that war.  … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“One guy asked me years ago what’s the difference between fiction and non-fiction, and I said, ‘The lies are in different places.’ ” – David Adams Richards in a Hazlitt interview “Of course, it’s a highly conjectural, iffy business—trying to … Continue reading

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