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Dec.03.2012
From the introduction: "I performed the character of D.L.D. while writing. Like and actor using Stanislavski's Magic If, I inhabited the mind of the character and played out the scenes, drawing upon my own sense memories --but I have slavishly followed the script, which is a sequence of scene...
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Aug.28.2012
Julian Bell explores the life of a younger member, and sole poet, of the Bloomsbury Group, the most important community of British writers and intellectuals in the twentieth century, which includes Virginia Woolf (Julian's aunt), E. M. Forster, the economist John Maynard Keynes, and the art...
The King of Good Times
Aug.23.2012
Dr. Vijay Mallya is not your typical everyday CEO. He has made it to the Forbes billionaires’ list many number of times but he doesn’t care if he is on the list or not because he doesn’t want to be categorized as a ruthless moneymaker. He not only lives like The King of Good Times but he is...
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Jul.30.2012
The Donner Party You know how some died. Here's how some lived. "My heart is big with hope and impatient with desire." --Tamsen Donner, a letter to her sister In the spring of 1846, Tamsen Donner, her husband, George, their five daughters, and eighty other pioneers headed west on the...
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Jun.28.2012
American wildlife artist Charles R. Knight (1874–1953) spent a lifetime creating some of the first paintings and sculptures of dinosaurs, mammoths, and cavemen that were both spectacularly beautiful and scientifically accurate. For generations, his work has inspired scientists, artists, and...
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Jun.28.2012
Forget Ring Lardner, Grantland Rice, and the others. Jim Murray of the Los Angeles Timeswas not merely the best writer but the single greatest sports columnist who ever lived—period. Known for his highly descriptive metaphors and phrasing—e.g., “a strike zone the sizeof Hitler’s heart”—Murray was a...
Steven Spielberg
May.10.2012
INTRODUCTION  The Reluctant Jew   "For a Jew, it's a shame Steven Spielberg is so white bread."           -- mega film producer Don Simpson (Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun)   “The conventional has always appealed to Steven."   ...
Hedy's Folly
Dec.26.2011
What do Hedy Lamarr, avant-garde composer George Antheil, and your cell phone have in common? The answer is spread-spectrum radio: a revolutionary inven­tion based on the rapid switching of communications sig­nals among a spread of different frequencies. Without this technology, we...
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Dec.16.2011
In this brilliant biography T. J. Stiles offers a new understanding of the legendary outlaw Jesse James. Although he has often been portrayed as a Robin Hood of the old west, in this ground-breaking work Stiles places James within the context of the bloody conflicts of the Civil War to reveal...