Monthly Archives: October 2014


I’m not sure what to make of these supposed links between music and biology.  You’ll have to decide for yourself. _ _ _ Palindromes are words or phrases that read the same backward and forward.  The word “madam” is an … Continue reading

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Some of My Favorite Posts from The Past Two Years

My first post is dated October 28, 2012.  To date I have published a total of 239 posts.  To celebrate the second anniversary of Book Notes Plus I want to give you a sample of my posts from the past … Continue reading

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Words at Play

Your car won’t start so you have it toed to your local repair shop.  A few hours later the mechanic calls you with the bad news: you have a defective disgronifier and it will cost $250 to replace it.  What … Continue reading

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Offerings from the BBC

I am currently reading A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor, the director of the British Museum in London.  The book is based on a series of BBC 4 broadcasts that MacGregor did a while ago.  … Continue reading

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The Unsinkable Jane Froman

In the 1930s showman and lyricist Billy Rose (the same Billy Rose who was Fanny Brice’s third husband) was asked to name the top 10 female vocalist of that time.  “Jane Froman and nine others,” he responded. Froman, who was … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

Steven Johnson has recently written a book in conjunction with a six-part PBS program that explores six things – glass, cold, sound, clean, time, and light – and draws unexpected connections and serendipitous discoveries that have had a tremendous influence … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can, impatient to restore everybody not greatly in fault themselves to tolerable comfort, and to have done with all the rest.” – Jane Austen … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month – October 2014

In their 546 page book The Dictionary of Culturally Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know authors E.D. Hirsch, Jr., Joseph F. Kett, and James Trefil tell us what we need to know to be erudite.  Not many of us … Continue reading

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Readings I’ve Enjoyed – “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892) by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

When I first read “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman a few years ago I thought it was every bit as good as some of Poe’s short stories.  I haven’t changed my mind.  Gilman’s best known short story has … Continue reading

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