Women And The Clichés Of The Literary Drunkard

by Rachel Baker on September 17, 2015

I was drawn to the article below due to its mention of Dorothy Parker, as I really enjoy all things Dorothy Parker and Algonquin Roundtable – its probably more the time period than the actual people, though I really admire Parker’s bluntness. Most everything I’ve ever read about Parker – and I assure you, I’ve […]

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The Self-Appointed Moralist of America: Jonathan Franzen

by Rachel Baker on September 16, 2015

So…until the last quarter of the article, I had no idea it was a lead in for Franzen’s new book, Purity. I’ve never read Franzen’s novels, anything I have read by Franzen sort of seemed like a bit like he was speaking to hear himself speak. In hindsight, I think maybe I’ll pick up one […]

Shakespeare, A Stoner?

September 15, 2015

This is completely and utterly one of those nonsense articles in that there is nothing conclusive at all. That said, doesn’t it seem more likely than not when you really sit down and think about the effects (good and bad) drugs and alcohol has had on some of our most prolific and/or beloved authors? For […]

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What the New York Knicks are Reading

August 25, 2015

I love this article from the Wall Street Journal about the books Coach Derrick Fisher and General Manager Phil Jackson have assigned members of the NY Knicks. When Jackson took the job as GM for the NY sports team, I couldn’t wait to see the reading list he would assign. Recognizing the teams were slightly […]

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The Brontë Sister that Taught Us How to be a Badass

August 16, 2015

From the very first mention, How to be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis has been in my book stack. As I’ve mentioned previously, I was an avid reader as a child, but I didn’t meet Jane Eyre or Jo March until I was in my 20s – interestingly, when I was trying to make my […]

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Time for Late Summer Reading

August 7, 2015

This summer, I took time off from reading and writing to do arithmetic. It paid off, as I now have a college degree. This great accomplishment has been a long time coming – a really long time. Now, I’m ready to power read my way through the last weeks of summer and into the fall. […]

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How a Science Fiction Novel Changed the World

July 7, 2015

One of the best memories I have of my father is watching the movie Dune with him. The movie is one of the worst movies EVER, but he absolutely loved it and watched it every time it came on. A few years ago, I read the book for the first time in its entirity. It […]

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How To Kill a Mockingbird Reflects the Real Civil Rights Movement

June 27, 2015

Below is a chapter excerpt of The Enduring Power of To Kill a Mockingbird, Life Books. This book takes a look at the lasting effects of Harper Lee’s book novel, the making of the film and the world Lee lived in, and how the issue of civil rights affected the stories she wrote in To […]

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Zheng Churan: An Insider’s Guide to Better Eating in Chinese Detention Centers

June 26, 2015

This is a interesting article about a new book, published online this week. The woman is a chinese social worker who was held in a Chinese Detention Center for 37 days. Of interest to me is the contemplation of the food/recipes designed by the “inmates”. I’ve heard often times in U.S. prisons, the inmates do […]

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Go Through A Museum Like You Would Go Through A Bookstore

June 23, 2015

I loved this article. It takes a look at how most people go through museums and how unfulfilling it is. I loved the example about how we go through libraries and it really made me think about how I meander through a bookstore and how that matters when it comes to the connection made between […]

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