Lagniappe

I’m not sure what to make of these supposed links between music and biology.  You’ll have to decide for yourself.

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Palindromes are words or phrases that read the same backward and forward.  The word “madam” is an example.  Here is a quiz that contains (mostly) simple one-word palindromes.  Triple click on the word “Answer” below each photo to see the palindromic word contained in it.

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Anyone interested in learning about classical music should see NPR’s list of the 50 most important classical music pieces.

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With Halloween here, you might want to try your luck with a literary witches quiz compliments of The Guardian.  Beware, though it’s from the children’s part of the book section, it’s harder than you might think.

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Here’s a novel way (pun intended) to look for books that might interest you: watch book trailers.  You can find some for recently published books on YouTube.

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Are there advantages to speaking more than one language?

“. . . it’s been found that people who learn a second language, even in adulthood, can better avoid cognitive decline in old age. In fact, when everything else is controlled for, bilinguals who come down with dementia and Alzheimer’s do so about four-and-a-half years later.”

That’s only one of the many reasons why we should become polyglots according to an Atlantic article.

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The next edition of the live author interview program In-Depth on Book TV (C-SPAN2) will air Sunday, November 2, 2014 from noon to 3:00 p.m. ET.  The featured guest will be Michael Korda writer and former editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster.  His books include Making the List: A Cultural History of the American Bestseller, 1900-1999, Charmed Lives, and Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia.

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