Category Archives: Books

Lagniappe

Deadline is reporting that Manning Marable’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Malcolm  X: A Life of Reinvention is set to become a TV series. Deadline is also reporting that Shirley Jackson’s 1959 ghost story The Haunting of Hill House is being developed … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

If you are “of a certain age,” you probably have one or more coffee tables books containing prints of some of Norman Rockwell’s paintings.  Rockwell’s paintings generally picture America as the land of the good and kind.  One painting shows … Continue reading

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William Faulkner’s The Reivers

The Reivers, which was published in 1962, the same year its author, William Faulkner, died is a coming-of-age story that takes place in northern Mississippi and southern Tennessee in 1905.  It concerns a stolen car, a horse race, and some … Continue reading

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Can People Change?

Must characters in a novel “grow”?  The Guardian has an article about John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces in which the article’s author, Sam Jordison, explores this question.  In doing so he cites the “lives” of characters created by … Continue reading

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Words at Play

All of the articles in this edition of Words at Play come from the venerable Guardian.  There are many more articles about words at the newspaper’s website, but I found those below to be particularly interesting. “What’s in a name?  … Continue reading

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Music Notes

For many years I produced a program called Opera Showcase on WRKF Public Radio here in Baton Rouge.  The local opera lovers who did most of the shows were as knowledgeable about opera as anyone in the United States.  In … Continue reading

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Lagniappe

Chris Ferrie is a quantum theorist.  On a lark he created a book to explain quantum physics to babies.  He was surprised when he learned that his wife and children loved Quantum Physics for Babies, so he set about getting … Continue reading

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