Lagniappe

I recently ran across a wonderful resource for book lovers.  It’s called The Literature Network, and it’s one of those websites that you will explore for many happy hours.  At the website you will find information on hundreds or authors and their works, literature quizzes, quotes, forums on the authors and works, and essays.  Don’t fail to check out this resource.

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Etymologicon

Mark Forsyth’s blog The Inky Fool is another website worth visiting.  It is devoted to “words, phrases, grammar, rhetoric and prose.”  He also includes many links to other interesting websites.

I recently read his book Etymologicon, and I highly recommend it.  It is subtitled “A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language” because it begins with a word, and then proceeds to other words that are linked to it.  This continues through the book until he ends up (almost300 pages later) with the word he began with.  It’s a cute idea that he cleverly executes.

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 The Guardian, a great place to read about books, recently listed their top 10 books on war reportage.  I was pleased (but very surprised) to see that one of them was The Histories by Herodotus. It was written about 2,500 years ago by the man who is known as the father of history, and is much more than simply an account of Greece’s wars with the Persians.  I highly recommend it.

Of course, with a limitation of 10 books, they had to leave something out, so I will add one that was not there: Anything written by Ernie Pyle during World War II.  He put a very human face on the common soldiers who were fighting – even to the point of occasionally giving the city and street where some of the soldiers lived in the U.S.  When the war in Europe ended, Pyle began reporting from the Pacific theater where he was killed by a sniper.

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 In response to a recent post titled “Consider This,” a faithful reader of my blog sent me the following comment:

“I’m old–76–and an avid reader. I do have a computer and a cell phone but no smart phone nor eReader and don’t plan to get either soon. I’m sure people have said this before me, but I want to hold a book in my hand, browse through my bookshelves, dust things off now and then, discover a book shoved to the back, use clever bookmarks. I like books made of paper and cardboard and leather and whatever else, but not plastic and not lighted. Please, I beg of you, publishers, don’t stop making old fashioned books. Ever!”

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 Which authors have had their works adapted for movies and TV the most?  An infographic from Quirk Books may surprise you.

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 Occasionally I like to provide a link to something unique and offbeat, and I’ve got such a link for you today: It’s a New Yorker article about cowboy poetry, and you’ll find it both interesting and enlightening.

Baxter Black

That reminded me of someone who used to be on NPR’s Morning Edition.  His name was Baxter Black and he was a cowboy poet, philosopher, and large animal veterinarian (I’m not kidding).  You can enjoy some of his ruminations (pun intended) here. He even wrote a few books including Horseshoes, Cowsocks & Duckfeet: More Commentary by NPR’s Cowboy Poet & Former Large Animal Veterinarian.

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 The next edition of the live author interview program In-Depth on Book TV (C-SPAN2) will air Sunday, April 3, 2016 from noon to 3:00 p.m. ET. The featured guest will be entrepreneur Steve Forbes whose most recent book  is Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax Code and Reforming The Fed will Restore Hope and Prosperity.

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