Monthly Archives: November 2014

Lagniappe

Andrea Denhoed of The New Yorker has some suggestions for weekend reading and viewing that might interest you.  One item has to do with the abduction case that was Vladimir Nabokov’s inspiration for his best known novel Lolita.  Another is … Continue reading

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Patient Zero

During a recent visit with my favorite niece, Jacqueline, who is about to finish nursing school, we were talking about the public reaction to Ebola when I mentioned that the fear it created in people reminded me of the fear … Continue reading

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Big History

One morning while walking on his treadmill, Bill Gates was watching a Teaching Company course entitled Big History by Professor David Christian.  Gates was intrigued by the way Christian integrated science and other fields of knowledge into what was at … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

I was a teenager during the rock ‘n roll era.  One of my favorite entertainers was the wild and crazy Jerry Lee Lewis who is from Louisiana just as I am.  (You may also have heard of his two cousins, … Continue reading

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Words At Play

Back in July I presented a list of 25 “false friends” – words that don’t mean what they look like they should mean.  Last time the words were French, Spanish and Italian.  This time they are Italian, German, and English … Continue reading

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Movie Notes

National Public Radio (NPR) features movie reviews on many of its programs.  You can listen to them at the NPR movie review website. _ _ _ Recently novelist James Ellroy (The Black Dahlia, L.A. Confidential, and The Big Nowhere) talked … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt “All modern men are descended from wormlike creatures, but it shows more on some people.” – Will Cuppy “Frankly, Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of … Continue reading

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