Lagniappe

Hemingway Didn't Say That

Who said, “a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes”?  Mark Twain?  Nope, not according to researcher Garson O’Toole.  Seven years ago Mr. O’Toole started a website called Quote Investigator.  Recently he published a book entitled Hemingway Didn’t Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar QuotationsThe New York Times has a review of the book, and NPR recently featured Mr. O’Toole on All Things Considered.

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Quirk lists the most dangerous libraries in pop culture including one that houses all the books that people dreamed of writing but never did.  Would you have a book in that library?

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The National Geographic Channel has a new series entitled Genius.  The first season’s programs are about Albert Einstein.  The series was inspired by Walter Isaacson’s 2007 bestseller Einstein: His Life and UniverseDiscover magazine features an interview with the creators of the series.

The first episode aired Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m. ET, and new episodes will air each Tuesday night at that same time.  You can watch the first episode free for a limited time at the National Geographic website, or you can catch reruns on the National Geographic channel at various times during the week following each episode’s premier.  Find out everything you need to know about the series here.

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City on Fire

Granta, the venerable British literary magazine, recently published a list of the 21 best American novelists under the age of 40.

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When I mention reading ebooks to people, I often get the reply that they prefer the feel and smell of real books – even old books.  According to a Reader’s Digest article scientists think they’ve discovered why people like the smell of old books. Hint: think “chocolate.”

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The Telegraph has published a fascinating literary map of London.  On it, the names of hundreds of fictional characters are place in the areas of London that they’re most associated with.

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Absalom

Literary Hub has an interesting article that features authors talking about the books that made them want to write.  You’ll recognize some of the books, but others – perhaps many others – will be added to your “books to read” list.

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I recently reformatted the page “Readings I’ve Enjoyed” on my website because the formatting mysteriously disappeared.  The content was there, but each article had become one long, long paragraph.  There are some articles there that you might enjoy including the short stories “To Build a Fire” by Jack London and “Boule de Suif” by Guy de Maupassant.

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I’ll once again host Music on the Sunny Side on WBRH-FM on Sunday morning, May 7 from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. CT.  The entire show will be devoted to movie music.  Some selections will be from soundtracks while others will be performed by notable singers and musicians who “covered” the originals.  Be sure to join me for a morning of beautiful music from some of the world’s greatest movies.

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The next edition of the live author interview program In-Depth on Book TV (C-SPAN2) will air Sunday, May 7, 2017 from noon to 3:00 p.m. ET.  The featured guest will be author and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.  His books include StarTalk: Everything You Ever Need to Know About Space Travel, Sci-Fi, the Human Race, the Universe, and Beyond, and Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.

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