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Jan.31.2010
Special Merit Awards: Leonard Cohen and Neil Portnow An unshaved Cohen, sporting a fedora and bolo tie, wryly noted that he never won a Grammy for any of his recordings. "As we make our way toward the finish line that some of us have already crossed, I never thought I'd get a Grammy award...
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Jan.30.2010
I love my characters. Love their observations. Love their certainties. Love their doubts. I even love the dog - Louie. They lead me on a merry chase (I'm chasing them). They even end chapters in places unplanned by me. Hell of a catch-up I have to do. But do it I do.
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Jan.29.2010
Remembering Howard Zinn, Louis Auchincloss, and J.D. Salinger By Jason Boog on Jan 29, 2010 03:23 PM It was a sad week for the literary world as we lost scholar Howard Zinn, author Louis Auchincloss, and the great J.D. Salinger. Various writers and journalists around the web have memorialized...
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Jan.29.2010
" Zinn retired in 1988, concluding his last class early so he could join a picket line. He invited his students to join him."   Howard Zinn, historian and shipyard worker, civil rights activist and World War II bombardier, and author of “A People’s History of the United States,” a...
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Jan.28.2010
The legendary author of The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger, has died at age 91 at his home in New Hampshire.   The reclusive novelist died of natural causes, his son said in a statement released by his literary agent. The Catcher In The Rye, first published in 1951, is a tale of teenage angst....
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Jan.28.2010
Goldman Sachs Arts Grants Online Application After announcing our intention to donate millions to charity this week, Goldman offices were immediately besieged by requests from bohemian types for somewhat sad sums for “projects.” Since we are deeply concerned about the welfare of America’s artistic...
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Jan.28.2010
Having filled in the "lost" diaries of Kafka, I am fascinated by any forms of interpretation about him. Here is a portrait I have never before seen. Kohler's Kafka will metamorphasize Robarts first floor this month   You probably don't recognize his name, but you will soon be seeing...
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Jan.27.2010
This is how some people waste their lives. Dictionary definition raises ruckus at Menifee school The school district pulls the Merriam Webster 10th Collegiate editions off classroom shelves for study by a newly formed committee after a parent complains about explicit definitions of sexual terms. It...
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Jan.27.2010
   A bronze memorial to Franz Kafka installed in Prague's Dusni, or Holy Spirit Street. The two following quotes intrigue and please me about this adaptation of Kafka's The Trial to the stage. Not sure if I would enjoy the experience. Not sure if Kafka would - can you out-Kafka Kafka? "Typical...
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Jan.25.2010
The winter weather reduces the numbers of 'street people' markedly. Few remain on the blustery sidewalks asking for change.  However, if that's all you have, you still give it a try. Resilient in the face of hunger . . . and thirst. So, I was surprised to have such a person approach me. A bit more...
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Jan.24.2010
Franz Kafka was appreciative of fashion and fine clothes. He was always a natty dresser, as befit his business/government employment. But he was no slouch in the after-hours, and he liked his socializing (yes - he did). But he might be a tad surprised to be  an inspiration for today's Haute Couture...
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Jan.23.2010
There's a story here all in itself. I don't know if it would be better penned by Poe or Kafka.   ‘Poe Toaster’ Is a No-ShowBy RANDY KENNEDY “There are some secrets which do not permit themselves to be told,” Edgar Allan Poe wrote in his 1845 short story “The Man of the Crowd.” And since 1949...
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Jan.22.2010
This is a remarkable interview with 106 year old Alice Herz-Sommer. Her story is fantastic and her life incredible. Yes, I centre on her dealings with Kafka - she's the last person alive who dealt with him personally. But her own story is a tale worthy of Kafka's imagination.   "Sommer...
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Jan.21.2010
If Franz Kafka had ever decided to write a Mystery novel (yes, yes, some say all his writings are mysterious, but . . .), that novel could not have been plotted more deviously than the real life mystery of his missing manuscripts. His work - left to, or given to, or stolen by his executor's...
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Jan.20.2010
Oh - yes! Bow down to Julia Child, say I. Even in death she leads the best seller lists.   Cookbooks a bright spot in an otherwise lackluster seasonBy Lynn Andriani -- Publishers Weekly, 1/19/2010 10:18:00 AM Holiday sales may have been short of expectations at Barnes & Noble and Borders,...
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