Literary Dog Contest

d’Ogtagnan from Dumas’ The Three Musketeers

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 libraries.

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You love to read, don’t you?  So why are you so far behind on your reading list?  The Reading Room offers five tips on how to work  more reading into every day of your life, and I think the ideas are great.  I especially like the idea of audio books.  I’ve started listening to audio books on my smartphone, and between it and actual reading I’ve already completed 53 books this year.

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Here it is the last day of May and I have just found out that it is short story month.  Nevertheless, it is not too late yet to read some free short stories by contemporary writers if you wish.  The Huffington Post offers 17 diverse short stories that are worth considering.  Included in the article is a very short description of each story and the name of the publication in which it appears.

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In a previous post I wrote about the art of change ringing in Britain.  A friend of mine sent me an article from the Wall Street Journal that discusses change ringing as a form of exercise.  Also, it seems that change ringing is not nearly as popular as it once was in Great Britain.

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Dorothy Parker

Young Dorothy Parker

“As for her writing, it has evoked ridiculous exaggeration from her votaries, both her contemporaries and her biographers. Vincent Sheean: ‘Among contemporary artists, I would put her next to Hemingway and Bill Faulkner. She wasn’t Shakespeare, but what she was, was true.’ John Keats in his biography of her, You Might as Well Live (1970): ‘She wrote poetry that was at least as good as the best of Millay and Housman. She wrote some stories that are easily as good as some of O’Hara and Hemingway.’ This is praise that manages to be inflated and qualified at the same time.”

They are talking about the complex, talented, and always entertaining Dorothy Parker.  The New York Review of Books has an article that profiles one of the best known members of the Algonquin Round Table.

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Who's Afraid

During June Turner Classic Movies will feature a number of movies in a series called “TCM Spotlight: From Stage to Screen.”  The first installment, The Play’s the Thing—Drama (part 1), will air on June 1st and will include Long Day’s Journey into Night, Our Town, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, These Three, The Sea Gull, and The Lower Depths.  Other installments include Broadway Musicals—The 1930s and ‘40s, Broadway Musicals—The 1950s, The Play’s the Thing—Comedies, The Play’s the Thing—Histories, and The Play’s the Thing—Shakespeare. You can see the entire schedule for June at the TCM website.

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 The next edition of the live author interview program In-Depth on Book TV (C-SPAN2) will air Sunday, June 5, 2016 from noon to 3:00 p.m. ET.  The featured guest will be publishing executive and author Steve Forbes.  His books include Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax Code and Reforming The Fed will Restore Hope and Prosperity and Power Ambition Glory: The Stunning Parallels between Great Leaders of the Ancient World and Today . . . and the Lessons You Can Learn.

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