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Notes on Books I’ve Recently Read

Louis Nizer (1902 – 1994) was a prominent attorney who was a litigant in many famous trials.  He wrote a book, My Life in Court (1961), about some of those cases and it was on the New York Times bestsellers … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

Most authors never make enough money to quit their day jobs and write full time.  Others, including a few politicians and musicians, make more money with one book deal than most of us would earn in multiple lifetimes.  Here are … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“I do not wish to be ungrateful to Holmes, who has been a good friend to me in many ways. If I have sometimes been inclined to weary of him it is because his character admits of no light or … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

Washington Post copy editor Bill Walsh died recently.  Linda Holmes writes fondly about him in an NPR article that also includes an excerpt from one of his books. — — — — — What’s your “x” rating?  Mine varies from 1.0 … Continue reading

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Book TV Programs You’ll Enjoy

I love to watch Book TV.  The variety of interviews and discussions – all about nonfiction books – can’t be matched anywhere.  And you can access the most recent offerings as well as a vast library of past programs from … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

Throughout Guns, Germs, and Steel author Jared Diamond makes the point over and over that we shouldn’t judge “primitive” people as being unintelligent simply because they don’t possess the same knowledge database that we have.  In the example below Diamond … Continue reading

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Lagniappe

Happy Mardi Gras! — — — — — An unpublished novel by Walt Whitman was recently found in the archives of a Victorian era New York Sunday newspaper. It was discovered by Zachary Turpin, a PhD candidate in English at … Continue reading

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