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  • Glock book under the tree

    12/25/2014 3:03:19 PM PST · by BillyBonebrake · 27 replies
    self
    At our annual extended family Christmas gathering my nephew was given "Glock: The Rise of America's Gun", by Paul Barrett. His mother gave him the book having heard "all about it on NPR". Naturally my sister-in-law is all about hard left politics and gun control. My nephew, a high school senior, is in total lockstep. After he'd been reading it for a few hours I asked him if there was a coupon in the back for range time. I wondered aloud 'why just read about something you just as easily put in your hands and experience'. The look on this...
  • Vanity: God Bless Us, Every One!

    12/24/2014 8:50:16 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 8 replies
    The Husband and I just finished the obligatory, annual viewing of George C. Scott in "A Christmas Carol". (That's my husband's favorite; I sort of favor the Patrick Stewart version....) The story never fails to move me. Whenever we attempt to get outside of our 'small' selves, and extend love toward others, we grow, and make ourselves more fit for the Kingdom. God Bless us Every One; and a Very Merry Christmas, to all Freepers. All of you have taught me, and inspired me, over many years - even though I only 'joined-up' and began posting a short while ago....
  • (vanity) A Christmas story and other stuff....

    12/24/2014 3:34:32 PM PST · by Shimmer1 · 13 replies
    vanity | Shimmer1
    A CHRISTMAS STORY TO REMEMBER It was Christmas Eve 1881. I was fifteen years old and feeling like the world had caved in on me because there just hadn't been enough money to buy me the rifle that I'd wanted for Christmas. We did the chores early that night for some reason. I just figured Pa wanted a little extra time so we could read in the Bible. After supper was over I took my boots off and stretched out in front of the fireplace and waited for Pa to get down the old Bible. I was still feeling sorry...
  • Ayn Rand Reviews Children’s Movies

    12/21/2014 12:21:17 PM PST · by iowamark · 30 replies
    The New Yorker | December 18, 2014 | Mallory Ortberg
    Link only per The New Yorker copyright complaint: Ayn Rand Reviews Children's Movies
  • Instant Translation – No Longer Sci-Fi

    12/19/2014 9:45:37 AM PST · by goldstategop · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/19/2014 | Rory Cellan-Jones
    In any case, Skype's Translator and its rivals have some way to go before they can match the abilities of a skilled human linguist. You would not want them involved in vital negotiations between world leaders for example. But over the next decade, you can expect to chat to friends whose language you don't share without stopping to flick through a dictionary.
  • VANITY: Teaching Readin

    12/17/2014 5:52:27 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 57 replies
    My husband and I saw a TV news segment about Common Core this evening, and the strange way it appears to teach mathematics. Somehow, we started talking about how we learned to read and write. I can't remember much at all; I seemed to just 'absorb' it somehow. I recall learning to sing the ABCs (a good way to learn the letters) and I recall learning to write the letters. But I don't recall anything about the technique that was used to teach me to actually recognize words and read. (This would have been in the late-1950's, early 1960's.) Does...
  • Atticus Finch: American literature's most celebrated rape apologist

    12/17/2014 6:43:55 AM PST · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 16, 2014 | Ashe Schow
    Atticus Finch is a monster. Sure, he’s one of history’s most beloved literary characters (he was even played by Gregory Peck in a film adaptation) but he’s also, to use the parlance of our time, history’s greatest rape apologist. Glenn Reynolds, a law professor at the University of Tennessee and pundit, first observed Finch’s new standing in the world on Twitter in early December:
  • Jesse Ventura goes after 'American Sniper' publisher now

    12/17/2014 5:30:46 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 30 replies
    pionerr press ^ | 12-16-14 | Joseph Lindberg
    With a win against the estate of late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle behind him, former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura now has his sights on HarperCollins, the publisher of the bestselling memoir "American Sniper." Ventura filed a lawsuit Monday against the New York publisher, alleging the publicity generated by the book with a "false and defamatory" segment "substantially increased sales of 'American Sniper,' thereby generating millions of dollars in revenues and profits for Harper Collins." HarperCollins does not comment on pending litigation, a spokesperson said Tuesday. A federal jury in St. Paul found in July that a segment of the...
  • US appeals court hears Apple e-books challenge

    12/15/2014 4:39:25 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | December 14, 2014
    A US judge Monday expressed doubt towards the government's e-book antitrust case against Apple, saying the tech giant was challenging "predatory" pricing from rival Amazon. The comments came as a federal appeals court panel heard arguments in the case, in which Apple was found to have colluded with publishers to raise e-book prices. Apple argues that its entry into the e-book market fostered competition because it challenged Amazon, which had a dominant share in e-books. Apple claims its entry spurred additional publishers to produce e-books, and that prices of e-books generally fell even though it concedes that some prices rose...
  • A Funny Thing Happened In School Today

    12/13/2014 5:20:29 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 28 replies
    RantRave.com ^ | Sept. 15, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A funny thing happened in school today. Not funny ha-ha but funny as in bizarre and unexpected. Funny as in funny money. And not just today. Yesterday. Tomorrow. Every day. Every time a school teaches reading in a way that doesn't work. That's funny, right? You teach reading but somehow nobody learns to read? How funny can you get? And not just in any one school. No, this epic lack of progress is happening everywhere. Point to a school and you're probably looking at a dead zone literacy-wise. That's funny, right? A school's first job is to teach kids to...
  • Obama's DOJ is bringing its big guns to the Apple e-book appeal

    12/12/2014 3:03:21 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Fortune ^ | DECEMBER 11, 2014, 12:11 PM EST | by Philip Elmer-DeWitt
    The primary job of the Solicitor General’s office is to argue cases before the Supreme Court. Why is it taking Amazon’s side on this appeal? Here’s a surprise. The e-book antitrust trial that went so badly against Apple two years ago is headed to an appeals court Monday and there’s a new name on the docket. Arguing for the U.S., alongside the lawyers for the antitrust division who handled the trial, will be Malcom Stewart, one of the biggest guns in the office of the U.S. Solicitor General. For the Solicitor General’s office to argue a case at this level...
  • (Floiduh) Library's tale of woe: Bedbugs biting patrons

    12/11/2014 2:38:14 PM PST · by dennisw · 12 replies
    sun-sentinel. ^ | Dec 8 | By Larry Barszewski,
    You don't need a bed to have a bedbug problem. A librarian could tell you that, especially if the librarian works at the Ethel M. Gordon Oakland Park Library, which has been closed since Thursday to combat an infestation there. Patrons at the public computer terminals there started complaining they were being bitten. Bedbugs have infested libraries throughout the country, to the point some even use bedbug-sniffing dogs to track down potential problems. The reason: there are so many people spending time in the buildings, it's easy for someone to unknowingly carry in the bugs on their clothing from an...
  • Liberal Pop Culture on the March: Rolling Stone and Lena Dunham Publish Rape Lies

    12/11/2014 6:45:00 AM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | December 09, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Look at this Lena Dunham situation. Lena Dunham, who was a heroine to the pop culture in this country, she's an absolute star. She's got this HBO show called Girls, so popular, so hip, so cool that Obama used her in a campaign commercial in the War on Women back in 2012. What is she, 17 years old? I know she's in her twenties. She's got an autobiography. Oh, yes, she has an autobiography. You know what the prominent event in her autobiography is? Yeah, she was raped by a conservative Republican. Right. She was raped by a conservative...
  • Lena Dunham’s narcissism has hurt all rape victims

    12/11/2014 6:39:11 AM PST · by Morgana · 17 replies
    Red State ^ | December 10th, 2014 | streiff (Diary)
    Yesterday we covered the ongoing soap opera of the immensely unattractive and monumentally untalented Lena Dunham’s bogus rape accusation. Long story short: she accused a college classmate of raping her, she clearly identified the alleged rapist which has caused him a lot of difficulties, now her publisher is paying the man’s legal expenses and altering future editions of the book to emphasize that the name is a pseudonym. Basically, this is the type of careless and narcissistic behavior Dunham has raised to an art form. Now she takes to the friendly pages of journalistic paragon BuzzFeed to continue to push...
  • Video: Will Time Magazine’s Person of the Year be Ferguson protesters?

    12/08/2014 2:05:14 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 12/08/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Now that the midterm elections are finally over, we turn now to the important work in December: list making. What were the biggest stories of 2014? Who were the biggest winners and losers in politics? Which 19 cats best depict the state of budgetary debate in the US? And of course, we await with bated breath the selection of Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. Last year the honor went to Pope Francis, but this year the pontiff will find himself eclipsed by, er … Ferguson protesters?
  • Grammy Awards 2015 Nominations [Jimmy Carter, Elizabeth Warren nominated]

    12/05/2014 1:33:53 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    MJ's Big Blog ^ | 12/05/2014
    Best New ArtistIggy Azalea Bastille Brandy Clark Haim Sam SmithSong of the YearAll About That Bass – Meghan Trainor (Kevin Kadish, Meghan Trainor) Chandelier – Sia – (Sia Furler, Jesse Shatkin) Shake it Off – Taylor Swift – (Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift) Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) – (James Napier, William Phillips, Sam Smith) Take Me to Church – Hozier – (Andrew Hozier-Byrne)Record of the YearFancy – Iggy Azalea – Fancy Chandelier – Sia – Chandelier Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) – Sam Smith Shake it Off – Taylor Swift All About That Bass – Meghan TrainorBest Pop Vocal...
  • Ayn Rand Unpublished Novel, 'Ideal,' Due Out in July

    12/04/2014 11:16:04 AM PST · by PROCON · 13 replies
    newsmax ^ | Dec. 4, 2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    The first Ayn Rand novel since the iconic "Atlas Shrugged" was published in 1957 will be released in hardcover and paperback on July 7, the New American Library, which is associated with Penguin Random House, announced Thursday. Rand wrote the book, "Ideal" as a novel at first, but shelved the manuscript when she was not satisfied with it, and later rewrote it as a stage play. The play itself didn’t have its New York premiere until 2010, reports The Wall Street Journal.
  • Without the cooperation of the Tolkien estate, there can't be more films': Peter Jackson

    12/04/2014 8:54:23 AM PST · by bkopto · 55 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 12/4/2014 | Hanna Flint
    Peter Jackson has said he won't be making anymore movies based on J. R. R. Tolkien's work, because the estate won't let him. SNIP The writer's son Christopher, who was appointed by his father as his literary executor, said that he was disappointed by the way the movies had diluted the artistry of the novels. He told Le Monde in 2012: 'Tolkien has become a monster, devoured by his own popularity and absorbed by the absurdity of our time. 'The chasm between the beauty and seriousness of the work and what it has become has overwhelmed me. The commercialisation has...
  • Peter Pan, Queer Icon

    12/04/2014 9:32:33 AM PST · by C19fan · 51 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 4, 2014 | Shannon Keating
    Since Peter Pan’s first adventures to Neverland in 1904, by way of the Duke of York’s Theatre in London, his story has been retold in countless variations on stage, page, and screen. More recent versions, including tonight's Peter Pan Live! on NBC, have been rewritten in attempts to unburden the text of its disturbing racial stereotypes. Peter himself has also been reincarnated many times over. Where his Edwardian roots cast him as an impish child, still with all his baby teeth, contemporary storytellers envision a prepubescent boy physically and emotionally tottering on the edge of teenagedom—that stepping stone to adulthood...
  • INVESTIGATION: LENA DUNHAM ‘RAPED BY A REPUBLICAN’ STORY IN BESTSELLER COLLAPSES UNDER SCRUTINY

    12/04/2014 6:00:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | December 4, 2014 | John Nolte
    In her just-released memoir, Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham describes her alma mater, Oberlin College, as "a liberal arts haven in the cornfields of Ohio." After a month-long investigation that included more than a dozen interviews, a trip to the Oberlin campus, and hours spent poring through the Oberlin College archives, her description of the campus remains the only detail Breitbart News was able to verify in Dunham's story of being raped by a campus Republican named Barry.
  • [Vanity] Suggestions on reading Ulysses

    11/30/2014 3:59:51 PM PST · by re_nortex · 100 replies
    NOV-30-2014 | Self
    I'm well into my 70s and checking off an item on my bucket list is finally getting around to reading Ulysses by James Joyce. It was never assigned reading in high school or college (I went to a Christian school, which may be one of the reasons). So, at my advanced age, I'm attempting at long last to tackle this work.I have a long attention span and am not easily bored nor discouraged. I've read long, involved books and have found most of them gripping, such as The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann, Faust by Goethe and Crime and Punishment...
  • ISIS Training Manual for Women ... How to Cook Pancakes for Your Jihadi Husband

    11/30/2014 11:46:48 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    news.com.au ^ | NOVEMBER 30, 2014 | news.com.au
    The world’s deadliest terror group issues a pancake recipe THE IS agency for women, has launched a ‘cookbook’, explaining how to keep jihadists happy and fulfilled by making pancakes after a day of fighting. The agency known as Al-Zawra that “prepares sisters for the battlefield for jihadists” has been dubbed a “finishing school” for young women hoping to wed militants. In a step-by-step guide, published by Al-Zawra, the recipe calls for one egg, four tablespoons of sugar, one tablespoon of oil, 4 tablespoons of salt, one cup of milk and one cup of flour. This follows the first recipe released...
  • Russian Novelist Becomes Officer of France's Legion of Honour

    11/27/2014 10:51:42 PM PST · by goldstategop · 1 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 11/28/2014 | Itar Tass
    MOSCOW, November 28. /TASS/. Prominent Russian writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya has been named an officer of the French Legion of Honour, the country’s highest honor. Ulitskaya is expected to be awarded the medal, which traces its roots to Napoleon Bonaparte, at a formal ceremony to be attended by French Ambassador to Russia Jean-Maurice Ripert later on Friday. “France pays homage to the spirit of freedom, openness and tolerance, which interfuse all her writings,” said Madeleine Courant, a press counsellor of the French Embassy in Russia. Ulitskaya is the author of Kukotsky's Case novel, which was awarded Russian Booker Prize in 2001,...
  • PD James, crime novelist, dies aged 94

    11/27/2014 10:11:02 AM PST · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 27, 2014
    Crime novelist PD James, who penned more than 20 books, has died aged 94. Her agent said she died "peacefully at her home in Oxford" on Thursday morning. The author's books, many featuring sleuth Adam Dalgliesh, sold millions of books around the world, with various adaptations for television and film. Her best known novels include The Children of Men, The Murder Room and Pride and Prejudice spin-off Death Comes to Pemberley.
  • William Safire on the Book of Job in Today's Politics

    THE OPEN MIND Host: Richard D. Heffner Guest: William Safire Title: “William Safire on the Book of Job in Today’s Politics” VTR: 10/9/92 I’m Richard Heffner, your host on THE OPEN MIND, where only very rarely – indeed too rarely, as far as those of our viewers who want me to draw blood are concerned – only occasionally do I play at what Ross Perot has called “Gotcha journalism”. But when I do, or at least try to, it’s usually in the guise of – oh so innocently of course – asking a guest about this or her most fervently...
  • The 20th-Century Dictator Most Idolized by Hitler (Mustafa Kemal Atatürk)

    11/27/2014 1:50:39 AM PST · by dennisw · 10 replies
    thedailybeast ^ | 11.24.14 | William O’Connor
    Stefan Ihrig's exhaustively researched new book, Atatürk in the Nazi Imagination, charts the outsized role that Atatürk and the New Turkey played in the minds of Germany’s Weimar-era far right—an influence that extended through the Nazi years. Turkish Revolution was the most hotly-debated foreign issue in the early 1920’s. Not only did the Nazis model themselves after the Turkish National Movement, but Nazi leaders from Hitler and Goebbels were personally entranced by everything Atatürk did. In the aftermath of World War I, Germans—conservatives became consumed with the idea they had been unfairly treated at the Paris Peace Conference (‘raped’ is...
  • The Worricker Trilogies

    11/27/2014 12:49:08 AM PST · by mylife · 9 replies
    PBS ^ | 11/27/14 | David Hare
    Anyone watched this? Rush Limbaugh is watching it and I watched it before him. Call it liberal call it BS, this is a fine bit of writing that tackles serious problems. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/programs/series/worricker-s1/
  • A Point of View: The writer who foresaw the rise of the totalitarian state

    11/25/2014 12:36:39 PM PST · by Borges · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 11/25/2014
    The 19th Century Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote about characters who justified murder in the name of their ideological beliefs. For this reason, John Gray argues, he's remained relevant ever since, through the rise of the totalitarian states of the 20th Century, to the "war against terror". When Fyodor Dostoyevsky described in his novels how ideas have the power to change human lives, he knew something of what he was writing about. Born in 1821, the Russian writer was in his 20s when he joined a circle of radical intellectuals in St Petersburg who were entranced by French utopian socialist...
  • Polish town opposes Pooh Bear for unclear gender

    11/22/2014 10:22:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 22, 2014 2:26 AM EST
    Officials in a Polish town (Tuszyn) have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie-the-Pooh due to the bear’s unclear gender and immodest clothing. […] Voice recordings of the meeting were leaked to the media in which officials complained that Pooh Bear is immodestly dressed and also lacks a clear gender. One called the bear a “hermaphrodite.” …
  • Environmentalist Writer: Women Who Have Babies are “Environmental Villains”

    11/19/2014 9:45:13 AM PST · by Morgana · 41 replies
    Life News ^ | 11/19/14 | Katie Yoder
    If you asked a scientist to create a test-tube liberal, chances are his product couldn’t hold a candle to Maria Luisa Tucker. Tucker, a new mother, is celebrating the arrival of her little bundle of joy by mooning over the “environmental impact of procreation.” Really. For a Nov. 13 piece for Alternet, Tucker asked, “Does Having a Child Make Me an Environmental Villain?” In it, Tucker outlined her “main source” of “maternal guilt:” “the mere fact that I created a person.” “Specifically,” she wrote, “an American person who will inevitably leave a large carbon footprint.” Her inspiration came from her...
  • Abortion isn’t about a baby; it’s about me, asserts writer

    11/17/2014 5:41:49 PM PST · by Morgana · 38 replies
    Live Action ^ | Nov 17, 2014 | Susan Michelle
    Rebecca Traister attempts to come off as some authority on women, feminism, and the reality of abortion in her New Republic piece entitled “Let’s Just Say It: Women Matter More Than Fetuses Do.” She fails at this task. She opens her piece by commenting on how she woke up one day in September and realized the implications of the fact that she was 24 weeks pregnant—it meant she had “lost one of the most important tools available to women: the ability to exert control over what’s going on inside my uterus.” Despite the fact that she is carrying a baby...
  • Pro-Abortion Author Claims Pro-Lifers Want to Chain Pregnant Women to Their Beds

    11/17/2014 2:34:48 PM PST · by Morgana · 17 replies
    life news ^ | 11/17/14 | Geoffrey Dickens
    Feminist author Margaret Atwood, on Tuesday’s Charlie Rose show, accused pro-lifers of chaining pregnant women to their beds to force them to have babies they don’t want. Invited on the PBS show to plug her new book, The Stone Mattress, Rose asked why her 1985 novel, The Handmaid’s Tale was still being promoted on the cover of her latest work. Atwood explained: “The Handmaid’s Tale is having a big moment on social media and elsewhere because of the various states in the United States who’ve enacted some quite strange legislation having to do with pregnant women.” The PBS host and...
  • The Dragonflies' Lair 2

    11/16/2014 2:42:38 PM PST · by Soaring Feather · 114 replies
    Poets, Friends, | November 16, 2014 | Soaring Feather
    My Dragonfly And Me If I could be a Dragon Fly and wing my way through the sky I would never be shy just me and my Dragon Fly! By moonlight we ride the wind chase the comets tail for fun by day we would hide from the sun our fragile wings would come undone On darkest nights we would use fireflies as our guide we would dip and we would glide through the heavens open wide and scatter diamonds in the night sky my Dragon Fly and me... And we would wing past our lovers silent in the...
  • The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires by Tim Wu (book review)

    11/16/2014 1:16:24 PM PST · by Lorianne
    John Batchelor Show ^ | 15 November 2014 | John Batchelor interviews author Tim Wu
    John Batchelor interviews Tim Wu author of The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires audio 20:03
  • The Classical Roots of ‘The Hunger Games’

    11/13/2014 9:41:01 AM PST · by Bratch · 28 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov. 13, 2014 | Barry Strauss
    The latest installment in “The Hunger Games” film franchise opens on Nov. 21 and promises to be another blockbuster. What accounts for the movies’ success? The obvious answer, of course, is the combination of the irresistible Jennifer Lawrence and Hollywood special effects with a rollicking good story. But we shouldn’t ignore the deeper themes of the tale, which are not only classic but classical, reaching back to Greece and Rome and the very foundations of Western culture. At the heart of the story are three beautiful, heroic young people: Katniss Everdeen and her male romantic interests, Peeta Mellark and Gale...
  • Grimm brothers’ fairytales have blood and horror restored in new translation

    11/13/2014 7:23:25 AM PST · by Borges · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11/12/2014 | Alison Flood
    Rapunzel is impregnated by her prince, the evil queen in Snow White is the princess’s biological mother, plotting to murder her own child, and a hungry mother in another story is so “unhinged and desperate” that she tells her daughters: “I’ve got to kill you so I can have something to eat.” Never before published in English, the first edition of the Brothers Grimms’ tales reveals an unsanitised version of the stories that have been told at bedtime for more than 200 years. The Grimms – Jacob and Wilhelm – published their first take on the tales for which they...
  • Ted Cruz Saves America Released by ColoringBook.com - Back by Popular Demand

    11/12/2014 3:00:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    PR Web ^ | November 11, 2014
    ColoringBook.com owned by Really Big Coloring Books, Inc. releases Ted Cruz Saves America in conjunction with the number one (#1) selling coloring and activity book Ted Cruz to the Future. The Ted Cruz to the Future Coloring and Activity Book is back by popular demand. Really Big Coloring Books ® is releasing Ted Saves America as a supplement to the Ted Cruz book. The additional eight (8) page supplement is complimentary with the purchase of the Ted Cruz book, the #1 selling coloring book. Releasing the book and supplement on Veterans' Day corresponds with 2nd Amendment values. "The supplement and...
  • Veterens Day - WWII Bugs Bunny Cartoon dissing Axis

    11/11/2014 6:09:47 PM PST · by central_va · 18 replies
    Toon Tube ^ | 1943 | Warner Bros
    Rare Bugs Bunny Featuring Hitler.
  • 'Interstellar's' Jonah Nolan Developing 'Foundation' Series for HBO, WBTV (Exclusive)

    11/10/2014 5:07:22 PM PST · by EveningStar · 43 replies
    The Wrap ^ | November 10, 2014 | Jeff Sneider
    The Oscar-nominated "Memento" writer says "everyone would benefit from reading" the sci-fi trilogy HBO and Warner Bros. TV are teaming to produce a series based on Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" trilogy that will be written and produced by "Interstellar" writer Jonathan Nolan, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. Nolan, who is already working with HBO on "Westworld," has been quietly developing the project for the last several months. He recently tipped his hand to Indiewire, which asked him, 'what's the one piece of science fiction you truly love that people don't know enough about?'
  • Harry Bosch TV series

    11/08/2014 2:06:40 PM PST · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | November 8, 2014
    Detective Hieronymus 'Harry' Bosch  is a literary character created by Michael Connelly in the 1992 novel The Black Echo, and the lead character in a police procedural series now numbering seventeen novels. The novels are more or less coincident in time frame with the year in which they were published. Harry, as he is commonly known by his associates, is a veteran police homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. Bosch was named after the 15th century Dutch artist, Hieronymus Bosch. A new TV series - Bosch - based on the character in the books, will be starting in...
  • Napoleon Was a Dynamite Dictator

    11/07/2014 6:43:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | November 7, 2014 | J.P. O'Malley
    Napoleon Bonaparte died on May 5, 1821. More books have been written with his name in the subject line than the number of days that have passed since. So writing yet another biography about one of the most iconic and controversial statesman of 19th century Europe seems, at first glance, like a fruitless task. That is, of course, unless one has something new to say about the French emperor. In Napoleon A Life the British historian Andrew Roberts seeks to revaluate what he calls the “caricature we have come to think of as Napoleon.” Ever since Hitler visited Napoleon’s tomb...
  • Anyone here promote their ebook?

    11/06/2014 9:34:45 AM PST · by Controlling Legal Authority · 20 replies
    vanity
    I know that some freepers here have written books that have done well. November is National Adoption Month and, surprise, I have written a book about adoption. Currently it is only in ebook format. Do any of the authors here have suggestions as to how an unknown author would go about promoting an ebook?
  • The moor the merrier: More than 200 acres of 'magical' heathland that inspired Thomas Hardy saved

    11/06/2014 6:35:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 5, 2014 | Paul Donnelley
    More than 200 acres of the wild and 'magical' heathland that inspired author Thomas Hardy have been bought for the nation by the National Trust. The Ł650,000 acquisition of Slepe Heath, Dorset, will connect existing protected heathland areas as part of efforts to conserve the landscapes of Hardy's novels. Slepe Heath, whose windswept landscape was immortalised as fictional Egdon Heath in Hardy's Return Of The Native, is an important site for wildlife, including rare birds such as Dartford warblers, nightjars and woodlarks, the National Trust said.
  • That Time James Joyce Was Mistaken for His Jewish Character.

    11/05/2014 12:07:44 PM PST · by Borges · 7 replies
    Jewish Daily Forward ^ | October 22, 2014
    It is widely known that James Joyce’s novel “Ulysses” was not autobiographical. For one thing, the book’s protagonist Leopold Bloom was Jewish, and Joyce was raised as an Irish Catholic. However, in 1940, when Joyce attempted to flee Vichy France to Switzerland during World War II, the Swiss government thought that he was Jewish. More accurately, as The New Republic explains, the Swiss thought Joyce was his character Leopold Bloom. The Swiss government demanded that Joyce pay a fee of $7,000 ($120,000 today) to prove that he would not have to rely on the state financially. The majority of Joyce’s...
  • Lena Dunham is forced to speak out over 'sexual abuse' controversy: Girls star apologizes for any

    11/04/2014 1:13:45 PM PST · by C19fan · 50 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 4, 2014 | Ashley Collman
    For the second time in a week, Lena Dunham has come out to discredit claims she sexually abused her little sister, which were based on a childhood story published in her recently released book Not That Kind of Girl. In a statement to Time magazine on Tuesday the creator and star of HBO's Girls says she is 'dismayed' over how the website Truth Revolt interpreted the essay about looking at her then year-old sister Grace's vagina out of curiosity when she was seven. 'First and foremost, I want to be very clear that I do not condone any kind of...
  • Lena Dunham cancels two book tour events and threatens to sue right-wing website

    11/04/2014 10:23:12 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 92 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 13:00 EST, 4 November 2014 | Ashley Collman for MailOnline
    Lena Dunham is reportedly threatening to sue the right-wing website which last week accused her of sexually abusing her little sister Grace when they were children. In the wake of the allegations, the creator and star of HBO's Girls, has cancelled two stops on her book tour scheduled this week in Belgium and Germany for health issues. On Monday, she tweeted that she was 'deeply sorry' to miss the Antwerp Book Fair and a signing in Berlin, adding that she's 'so grateful for your energy and support'.
  • The Landlady Tale — a true ghost story, a FreeRepublic Halloween tradition from Swordmaker

    10/31/2014 3:38:03 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    Vanity—the Landlady's Tale Halloween Tradition | Copyright 2001 | Swordmaker
    The Landlady's Tale By SWORDMAKER copyright 2001 Preface The following story was told to me by the woman who rented my parents their first home in California when they moved to Sacramento in 1939. A devout Catholic (so much so that although she had been divorced by her husband, she did not consider the divorce valid and did not remarry until her husband died many years later) the landlady swore on her Bible, in front of my sister and me after she told us the story, that it was absolutely true. She was quite serious about it. In the 1970s,...
  • Pathetic Privilege (Brutal Takedown of Lena Dunham's Memoir)

    10/30/2014 12:03:56 PM PDT · by mojito · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/29/2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Lena Dunham is fond of lists. Here is a list of things in Lena Dunham’s life that do not strike Lena Dunham as being unusual: growing up in a $6.25 million Tribeca apartment; attending a selection of elite private schools; renting a home in Hollywood Hills well before having anything quite resembling a job and complaining that the home is insufficiently “chic”; the habitual education of the men in her family at Andover; the services of a string of foreign nannies; being referred to a homework therapist when she refused to do her homework and being referred to a relationship...
  • In Cold War, U.S. Spy Agencies Used 1,000 Nazis

    10/30/2014 9:09:40 AM PDT · by Theoria · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 26 Oct 2014 | Eric Lichtblau
    In the decades after World War II, the C.I.A. and other United States agencies employed at least a thousand Nazis as Cold War spies and informants and, as recently as the 1990s, concealed the government’s ties to some still living in America, newly disclosed records and interviews show. At the height of the Cold War in the 1950s, law enforcement and intelligence leaders like J. Edgar Hoover at the F.B.I. and Allen Dulles at the C.I.A. aggressively recruited onetime Nazis of all ranks as secret, anti-Soviet “assets,” declassified records show. They believed the ex-Nazis’ intelligence value against the Russians outweighed...
  • Hillary's Lame Duck Presidential Politics

    10/24/2014 1:57:14 PM PDT · by Ouchthatonehurt · 2 replies
    10/24/14 | Me
    Cast in the deep hot lazy months of lame duck Democrat political infighting, a spurned and entitled Hillary Clinton will seek to take the shine off the reputation and legacy of "the one we've been waiting for." Should be fun.