Category Archives: Books

Telephone Exchanges and Pop Culture

In the early days of the telephone age few people had service, so telephone numbers were short.  As the use of this marvelous invention increased, especially in large cities, longer and longer telephone numbers were required – up to seven … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

The BBC has an article that may interest you if you’ve ever watched Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic Psycho.  The article is about five books that are in varying degrees based on actual murders. Another BBC article that you might enjoy … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“The young man, they found, was a naturalist, an astronomer, a geographer, a geologist, a botanist, an authority on Indian antiquities, a linguist, an artist—an academy unto himself, as the poet Goethe [one of Humboldt’s friends] would say. He was … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

On January 1, 1998 works including music, books, films, and plays, published during or before 1922 were in the public domain.  That meant that they could be reproduced, performed, used or modified without restriction.  Works that were copyrighted in 1923 … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“A book is a hand stretched forth in the dark passage of life to see if there is another to meet it.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe “Some women have a weakness for shoes. . . I can go barefoot if … Continue reading

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We’ve Finally Come of Age

We homo sapiens have existed for about 300,000 years, but we have made more progress in understanding and controlling the world in which we live in the past 200 years than we have made in the rest of our existence … Continue reading

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Lagniappe

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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