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bob-mustin's picture
Feb.21.2014
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt   Imagine a book written in the twenty-first century with pen and pencil in notebooks, work on the novel taking place over ten years. What would such a book be like? How long would it be? What impact would it have on readers? Judging by sales charts in the New...
lou-allin's picture
Dec.11.2012
          On the Queen’s birthday celebration in May 1896, an overloaded trolley car collapsed a bridge, killing over fifty people in British Columbia’s capital.  Victoria has a rich history beginning with the HBC, the Royal Navy, and a few gold...
jill-jepson's picture
Oct.31.2012
It was All Souls’ eve, and the wind howled along the bleak hill side, whistling drearily through the naked branches of the forest trees, whose last leaves it had long since stripped; the sun had disappeared; a dense and chilling fog spread through the air like the mourning veil of the widowed,...
steven-belanger's picture
Aug.23.2012
photo: Picaresque but creepy photo of Madeline Yale Wynne's final little room (sorry), in the Berkshire Mountains, from Find A Grave's website.  (I couldn't find a Wikipedia page or anything else less creepy.)   The latest in the series from The Library of America, this for Week #42, "...
steven-belanger's picture
Dec.01.2011
Photo: Man Who Laughs, Conrad Veidt     A few quick snippets that occurred to me today about this seminal work:   1.  I was wondering today why so many works circa 1890-1900 centered around the mask we wear to keep apart the good and bad parts of our nature--or, rather, that...
steven-belanger's picture
Nov.13.2011
Photo: "Portrait of Henry James," an oil painting by Joseph Singer Sargent, on James's Wikipedia page.   Nice little story, written very stiffly and badly, of course, by a very Victorian writer who could never seem to get out of his own way.  The language is of the supreme upper...
gina-collia-suzuki's picture
Dec.13.2009
My husband and I spent the evening of Saturday December 12th viewing 'Aston Hall by candlelight'. Aston Hall is situated in a public park on the north side of Birmingham, England, and is a Grade I listed building. The hall and park recently underwent a £12.5 million makeover, funded by Birmingham...
r-michael-phillips's picture
Dec.08.2009
Some of my earliest memories of reading center on the excitement I found in the pages of the Sherlock Holmes stories. I was just a lad, so I was forever looking up those huge words Sir Athur Conan Doyle used in his narratives with Holmes and Watson. I couldn't pronounce most of them, and I was...