Monthly Archives: July 2015

Lagniappe

What happens when, as predicted in one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, Sherlock Holmes retires to the English countryside and becomes a beekeeper? There have been a number of books in which authors such as Michael Chabon and Mitch Cullin … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“It had gotten to the point where I said to myself, ‘Now look, Sacks, you really must write this thing. I’ll give you 10 days or else we’re going to have to kill ourselves.’ This worked. It scared me into … Continue reading

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The Disadvantages of Being Christopher Robin

A. A. Milne (1882 – 1956) published a number of novels, plays, and poems before he wrote the two children’s books that would make him famous. The books were about a group of animals that included a teddy bear named … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month – July 2015

This is my 300th blog post. In my last “Quiz of the Month” post I looked back at past posts for my questions, and I will once again do so. You can find the answers on my Quiz Answers page. … Continue reading

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Why Are We Drawn to Tragic Stories?

“Why is it, I wonder, that people want to feel sad at miserable and tragic happenings which they certainly would not like to suffer themselves? Yet as spectators they do want to suffer the sadness and indeed their whole pleasure … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

Both The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian have published the first chapter of Harper Lee’s forthcoming book Go Set a Watchman. If you don’t want to read it, you can listen to it as read by Reese Witherspoon. You … Continue reading

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Words at Play

What a month! June 2015 was packed with major events – some good and some bad. Justice Antonin Scalia’s reaction to the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on the Affordable Care Act (often called “Obamacare”) was memorable in part for some … Continue reading

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