Monthly Archives: March 2015


Here’s a reminder that the three part PBS series The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer based on the Pulitzer Prize winning bestseller by Siddhartha Mukherjee begins on PBS March 30th.  The six hour series will be shown … Continue reading

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Did You Know . . . ?

As a boy Walter Lord (1917 – 2002) was fascinated by ocean liners and the stories his mother told him about her travels on them.  He was particularly fascinated by the sinking of the RMS (Royal Mail Ship) Titanic on … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“Originality consists of trying to be like everybody else – and failing.” – Raymond Radiguet, French writer who died at age 20 from typhoid fever “The job of the novelist is to inhabit both male and female characters, so in … Continue reading

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Words at Play

The French actually have an academy to help them keep their language pure.  I guess that seems a bit strange to me because English has borrowed words from every language on earth.  Nevertheless, the French are determined to fight a … Continue reading

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What to Read and How to Read It – Part 2

This is Part 2 of a 3 part post.  You can read Part 1 here. In 1940 Mortimer Adler (who later started the Great Books Foundation to encourage common folks to read uncommon books) and his friend Charles Van Doren … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

Marc Goodman knows a lot about crime.  He has been a police officer, an undercover investigator, and a counter terrorism strategist.  He is also a “futurist” who is looking at what the criminals of the future will be able to … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month – March 2015

Some sites on the internet create anagrams from such things as book titles.  Below you will find 25 anagrams.  Your task is to turn them back into book titles.  The name of the author of each book appears in parentheses … Continue reading

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Stranger Than Fiction – Spotlight on an Author

The 1959 film epic, Ben-Hur, was a huge hit at the box office (second at the time only to Gone with the Wind), and a record winner at the Academy Awards.  It won 11 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director … Continue reading

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