Monthly Archives: May 2016

Lagniappe

There is a cute article from Minnesota Public Radio that includes photos from the first ever Little Free Library Festival and literary dog contest.  And don’t miss the point of the festival – to increase the number of little free … Continue reading

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Did You Know . . . ?

Bluetooth is a technology that allows electronic devices to communicate wirelessly with one another.  For instance, if your smartphone can be paired with your car radio so you can talk without holding the smartphone in your hand while driving, you … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

In 2011 physician and researcher Siddhartha Mukherjee won a Pulitzer prize for his book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.  He has just published a new book in which he discusses genes and genetics.  He is a … Continue reading

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Classic Chickens

When you read the classics, you run across some strange things.  In this case, I’m talking about the appearance of chickens in classics that have absolutely nothing to do with our fine-feathered friends.  You can assume that they are added … Continue reading

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Go Set a Watchman

When Harper Lee’s second book, Go Set a Watchman, came out shortly before her death, I got the impression that it was considered a so-so book that probably shouldn’t have been published.  It seems that it was written before To … Continue reading

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Florence Foster Jenkins

For years I produced a program called Opera Showcase on public radio here in Baton Rouge.  I occasionally hosted a program, but I mostly left it to a group of very, very talented individuals to provide the music and commentary … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!” but ‘That’s funny . . .’ ” – Isaac Asimov “Great big serious novels always get awards. If it’s a battle between a … Continue reading

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