Monthly Archives: August 2018


The PBS Newshour recently ran a story about the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. I’ve heard about it for years, but have not had an opportunity to attend.  A British friend of mine – a Shakespeare fanatic – raved about … Continue reading

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The Legacy of Leonard Bernstein

Bernstein image here The great Leonard Bernstein was born on August 25, 1918 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. During his 72 years of life he would touch the lives of countless people.  He was a gifted conductor, speaker, composer, writer, and probably … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month – August 2018

Over two million votes have been cast for the most popular novel in America in PBS’s The Great American Read, and the 40 books with the most votes have been named.  That doesn’t mean that the other 60 books on … Continue reading

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Words at Play

“. . . From inauspicious beginnings on the edge of a minor European archipelago, it has grown to vast size and astonishing influence. Almost 400m people speak it as their first language; a billion more know it as a secondary … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

In the U.S., the number of books that are translated from other languages into English each year is extremely small because Americans usually shy away from translated books.  How many translated books ever make it onto the U. S. bestseller … Continue reading

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Who Invented Sherlock Holmes?

On Tuesday, August 7, 2018 members of my Reading the Classics Book Club will meet to discuss and compare Edgar Allan Poe’s three C. Auguste Dupin short stories (“The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (1841), “The Mystery of Marie Rogêt … Continue reading

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