Monthly Archives: November 2016


What do you know about utopian and dystopian literature?  Not much?  Well, take a few minutes to watch a TED-ED Original that will make it all clear, and give you a whole new reading list. Go to Reading Between the … Continue reading

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Stranger Than Fiction – Spotlight on an Author

It seems implausible that a high school dropout who failed English three times would become a celebrated writer, but that’s the unlikely but true story of the subject of this article.  It’s also implausible that the brief reference to a … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

“You can’t read books all the time; trust me, I’ve tried (and like I said to the officer, at least I wasn’t texting and driving). The next best thing is a good books podcast.” That’s how Simon Lowe of The … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month – November 2016

In this quiz you must name well-known animals from books and movies.  As always, you will find the answers on the Quiz Answers page. Nick and Nora’s dog Dorothy’s dog The lion in C. S. Lewis’ classic The Lion, the … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at … Continue reading

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Music Notes

I recently ran across 25 bizarre facts about classical music.  I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the “facts,” but they’re interesting. — — — — — A Metropolitan Opera matinee performance of Rossini’s opera William Tell was interrupted on … Continue reading

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