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  • 'Drugstore Cowboy' author James Fogle dies at 75 in US prison while serving time for holdup

    08/24/2012 9:57:15 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    AP via The Vancouver Sun ^ | August 24, 2012
    James Fogle, who wrote "Drugstore Cowboy," an autobiographical crime novel that led to an acclaimed 1989 film starring Matt Dillon, has died. He was 75.
  • Five Reasons Ayn Rand Is Bad for Business

    08/24/2012 7:24:47 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 44 replies
    CNBC ^ | 8-20-12 | Geoffrey James, INC
    1. Rand focuses employees on money. Rand practically worshipped the almighty dollar, seeing the acquisition of wealth as a goal worthy in and of itself. Unfortunately, when that attitude spreads throughout an organization, a higher salary becomes the only motivation that really works. That means top workers will, of course, leave the moment they get a better offer elsewhere.
  • Teddy Roosevelt on American debt

    08/23/2012 10:05:23 AM PDT · by GreatestGuyIKnow · 2 replies
    The Strenuous Life ^ | 1900 | Theodore Roosevelt
    "No country can long endure if its foundations are not laid deep in the material prosperity which comes from thrift, from business energy and enterprise, from hard, unsparing effort in the fields of industrial activity; but neither was any nation ever yet truly great if it relied upon material prosperity alone." Page 5
  • Mickey Cohen’s Colorful Life of Crime

    08/22/2012 9:13:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Jewish Journal ^ | August 22, 2012 | JONATHAN KIRSCH
    Meyer Harris Cohen was born in the Jewish Pale of Settlement in imperial Russia, immigrated with his family to the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn and reached Los Angeles’ Jewish point of entry in Boyle Heights in 1915. Up to this point, the spare details of his biography are unremarkable. But Meyer was later nicknamed “Mickey,” and his name still echoes with the larger-than-life reputation he acquired on the mean streets of Los Angeles in the 1930s and 1940s. “By the end of the 1930s, the view from the top of Hollywood Hills seemed unlimited,” Tere Tereba writes in her rich,...
  • Bracken: Night Fighting 101

    08/22/2012 4:49:46 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 65 replies
    Western Rifle Shooters Association ^ | 8-16-12 | Matt Bracken
    So how do you become a self-taught deadly warrior of the night? You begin in the daytime. Lay out a walking path through your neighborhood “Area of Operations,” a path with plenty of transitions across all types of urban, suburban and rural terrain. Culverts, gullies, overgrown chain link fences, woods, meadows, railroad tracks, bridges, power line right-of-ways, abandoned commercial properties and fallow fields will be your classroom. To begin, mark your route every twenty or thirty yards. Small torn rags stuck on fences and tree branches look fairly natural, and won’t be noticed. Walk and crawl through thickets, under fences,...
  • Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama (Coulter's New Book)

    08/22/2012 1:22:47 PM PDT · by TexasCajun · 10 replies ^ | September 25, 2012 | Ann Coulter
    This title will be released on September 25, 2012
  • 'Justice League' #12: DC reveals Superman's new leading lady... and it's a doozy - EXCLUSIVE

    08/22/2012 11:15:02 AM PDT · by Bratch · 61 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | Aug 22 2012 | Jeff Jensen
    When DC Comics rebooted its entire line of superhero titles last year, the publisher did away with Superman’s marriage to Lois Lane to pave the way for a new romance. Without further ado, EW can exclusively reveal that Superman’s new partner in love is no mere mortal, but a superhero icon in her own right: None other than Wonder Woman. herself. Their next level relationship begins in the pages of Justice League #12... The comic, which goes on sale Aug. 29, culminates months of flirty foreshadowing. Writer Geoff Johns hints that some event — possibly tragic — will impact every...
  • ‘Imperfect’: Jim Abbott faces tough question about his birth defect in book excerpt

    08/22/2012 10:22:40 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 12 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | By Jim Abbott and Tim Brown
    Ella is my youngest. She has my hair and eyes and her mother’s smile. The timing is distinctly hers. She was five when she asked, quite publicly, “Dad, do you like your little hand?” My what? Do I like it? I had come to her preschool’s Career Day bearing baseball cards for her classmates. In the morning rush getting the girls through the front door and into the car, I’d packed into a gym bag a couple familiar baseball caps, an Olympic gold medal and a baseball glove. I had come first as a dad, and then as a former...
  • George Orwell is 'too Left-wing’ for a statue, BBC tells Joan Bakewell

    08/21/2012 11:31:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:00PM BST 21 Aug 2012 | Anita Singh
    When the George Orwell Memorial Trust proposed a statue of the writer for outside the BBC’s new headquarters it expected an enthusiastic response. However, not everyone appeared enamored of the plan. According to Baroness Bakewell, who is backing the campaign, Mark Thompson, the Corporation’s outgoing director general, said the statue could not be erected on BBC premises because Orwell was “too Left-wing”. … Orwell worked for the BBC’s Eastern Service from 1941 to 1943, producing broadcasts to India designed to counter Nazi propaganda. … His experience at the BBC became unlikely source material for Nineteen Eighty-Four. Orwell is said to...
  • Solo sailor Jessica Watson's story to be made into major movie

    08/21/2012 12:54:13 PM PDT · by Oztrich Boy · 10 replies
    News, ^ | August 20, 2012 | James Wigney
    THE life of round-the-world sailor Jessica Watson is to be turned into a major movie that will be filmed in Sydney and the Gold Coast next year. Watson, who was 16 when she became the youngest woman to unofficially circumnavigate the globe solo and unassisted, will be immortalised on film in True Spirit, due for release late 2013. The movie will be made by the same production team behind Soul Surfer, the hit biopic of Bethany Hamilton, who lost an arm in a shark attack and returned to be a champion. American producer David Brookwell said he had been looking...
  • Does this libtard have a point? Better Off without 'Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession

    08/21/2012 8:12:12 AM PDT · by teflon9 · 73 replies
    Powell's Books ^ | August, 2012 | Chuck Thompson
    Lets talk about secession. Not exactly the most suitable cocktail party conversation starter anywhere in the country, but take that notion deep into the heart of Dixie and you might find yourself running from the possum-hunting conservatives, trailer-park lifers, and prayer warriors Chuck Thompson encountered during the two years he spent traveling the American South asking the question: Would we be better off without em? The result is a heavily researched, serious inquiry into national divides which is unabashedly controversial, often uproarious, and always thought-provoking. From a church service in Mobile, Alabama, where the gospel entertainer announces "Islam is upon...
  • Liberalism Is A Mental Disorder

    08/20/2012 6:52:23 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 9 replies
    You Tube ^ | 11-28-2008 | Dr. Michael Savage Classic Doc Savage clip posted in '08 discussing the mental disorder known as liberalism.
  • For Those Who Want to Lead, Read

    08/20/2012 7:01:25 AM PDT · by Future Snake Eater · 24 replies
    Harvard Business Review ^ | 15AUG12 | John Coleman
    When David Petraeus visited the Harvard Kennedy School in 2009, one of the meetings he requested was with author Doris Kearns Goodwin. Petraeus, who holds a PhD in International Relations from Princeton, is a fan of Team of Rivals and wanted time to speak to the famed historian about her work. Apparently, the great general (and current CIA Director) is something of a bibliophile. He's increasingly an outlier. Even as global literacy rates are high (84%), people are reading less and less deeply. The National Endowment for the Arts (PDF) has found that "[r]eading has declined among every group of...
  • R.I.P. Harry Harrison, creator of the Stainless Steel Rat, Bill the Galactic Hero, and Soylent Green

    08/15/2012 9:20:19 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    io9 ^ | August 15, 2012 | Charlie Jane Anders
    If Harry Harrison had only created "Slippery" Jim DiGriz, the roguish hero of the Stainless Steel Rat books, he would deserve a high place in science fiction history. But he also wrote dozens of other novels, including the hilarious Bill the Galactic Hero saga, the proto-Steampunk classic A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!, and the novel that became the movie Soylent Green, Make Room! Make Room!.
  • Tortured and haggard: Helena Bonham Carter is a convincing Miss Havisham

    08/15/2012 6:01:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 15, 2012 | Sarah Fitzmaurice and Lara Gould
    At 46 she's considerably younger than her character, the decrepit Miss Havisham. But Helena Bonham Carter can be seen looking haggard and tortured as the heiress locked in the past in the new trailer for the latest adaptation of Charles Dickens’s novel Great Expectations. The English actress is seen sporting huge bags under her eyes, a grey pallor and a wretched look on her face.
  • Joe Kubert Dies at 85; Influential Comic-Book

    08/13/2012 8:03:37 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | Published: August 13, 2012 | By MARGALIT FOX
    Joe Kubert, a titan among comic-book artists whose work stretched from the Golden Age of the superhero to the gritty realism of the graphic novel, died on Sunday in Morristown, N.J. He was 85. The cause was multiple myeloma, his son Adam said. Mr. Kubert, who first plied his trade as a teenager in the 1930s and continued drawing in the hospital during his final illness, was among the last of the generation of comic-book illustrators whose work helped define the genre in the years before World War II. “He’s the longest-lived continuously important contributor to the field,” Paul Levitz,...
  • So What Does The President Read ?

    08/12/2012 12:25:38 PM PDT · by djone · 20 replies
    instapundit ^ | 12Aug12 | Glenn Reynolds
    It's Fareed Zakaria's book " The Post-American World " ---“This is not a book about the decline of America, but rather about the rise of everyone else.” So begins Fareed Zakaria’s blockbusting bestseller on the United States in the twenty-first century. How can Americans understand this rapidly changing international climate, and how might the nation continue to thrive in a truly global era? (Amazom,com)
  • Leading from Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him: Synopsis

    08/12/2012 10:40:43 AM PDT · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Amazon ^ | Release Date: Aug 21 | Richard Minter, Book Author
    Book Description Publication Date: August 21, 2012 Barack Obama has never been fully vetted—until now. In Leading from Behind, New York Times bestselling investigative journalist Richard Miniter presents the first book to explore President Obama’s abilities as a leader, by unearthing new details of his biggest successes and failures. Based on exclusive interviews and never-before-published material, Leading from Behind investigates the secret world of the West Wing and the combative personalities that shape historic events. Contrary to the White House narrative, which aims to define Obama as a visionary leader, Leading from Behind reveals a president who is indecisive,...
  • David Gelernter's America Lite

    08/12/2012 6:30:05 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 5 replies
    Hugh ^ | August 10,2012 | Hugh Hewitt
    David Gelernter is one of those amazing people whose lifetime productivity across so many fields simply dazzles if it doesn't completely diminish your sense of self-worth. Now this Yale professor (computer science) has written an explanation of how the country came to be where it is, a book so riveting and beautifully written that you may finish it in a single sitting. It is America-Lite: How Imperial Academia Dismantled Our Culture (and Ushered In the Obamacrats.)
  • Liza Klaussmann: 'I Reread Moby-Dick and Thought: Where Was Your Editor?'

    08/11/2012 7:31:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    Guardian | Saturday 11 August 2012 | Gemma Kappala-Ramsamy
    Liza Klaussmann: 'I Reread Moby-Dick and Thought: Where Was Your Editor?'
  • The Tragedy Europe Forgot (Expulsions of Germans From East of the Oder)

    08/10/2012 7:02:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 9, 2012 | Andrew Stuttaford
    By the late spring of 1945, Germany had lost a war, its honor and millions of dead. There was more to come. The Allies had decided that the country's east should be carved up between Poland and the Soviet Union and that its German inhabitants should be moved to the truncated Reich. There they would encounter Sudeten Germans, Czechoslovakia's second largest ethnic group, now also scheduled for deportation. In August 1945, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Soviet Union agreed at Potsdam that these transfers, which had in any case already begun, should be "orderly and humane."
  • Hermann Hesse - misunderstood but loved (died 50 years ago today)

    08/09/2012 7:45:25 AM PDT · by Borges · 15 replies
    DW ^ | 8/9/12
    Half a century after his death, the works of Nobel Prize-winning author Hermann Hesse are back on the shelves. He's one of the most popular German authors in the world - even though he'd long been written off. In 1962, just after Hermann Hesse had died of a heart attack at the age of 85, the German newspaper Die Zeit wrote that the author had become obsolete. The paper, however, would eat its words. In the meantime, Hesse's works have been translated into nearly 60 languages, and at least 125 million copies have been sold worldwide. Hermann Hesse knew from...
  • Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again

    08/06/2012 3:56:38 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 1 replies ^ | 2011 | Donald Trump
    This is a pretty good read....we should send a copy to Mittens and the GOP.. The Donald tells us how great he is...if you are worth 7 billion I guess you can do it!!!
  • Jack Reacher Official Movie Trailer

    08/06/2012 11:04:32 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 3, 2012 | Paramount
    Official Jack Reacher Movie Trailer! Watch it in theaters this December.
  • Dupes: How America's Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century

    08/03/2012 9:49:27 AM PDT · by KyGeezer · 12 replies
    Amazon ^ | September 10, 2010 | Paul Kengor
    In this startling, intensively researched book, bestselling historian Paul Kengor shines light on a deeply troubling aspect of American history: the prominent role of the “dupe.” From the Bolshevik Revolution through the Cold War and right up to the present, many progressives have unwittingly aided some of America’s most dangerous opponents. Based on never-before-published FBI files, Soviet archives, and other primary sources, Dupes exposes the legions of liberals who have furthered the objectives of America’s adversaries. Kengor shows not only how such dupes contributed to history’s most destructive ideology—Communism, which claimed at least 100 million lives—but also why they are...
  • Sir John Keegan - RIP

    08/03/2012 5:16:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | August 2, 2012 | Staff
    He had been on the teaching staff of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, for 25 years in 1986 when Max Hastings announced his recruitment to the paper the day he took over the editor’s chair. Keegan proved an unrivalled asset as the Soviet empire crumbled and collapsed, the government demanded a “peace dividend” in the form of cutbacks to the Armed Forces and a series of military actions flared up in the Middle East and the Balkans.
  • Coming soon, “The best book ever written on abortion”

    07/31/2012 1:44:10 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | 7.31.2012 | Jill Stanek
    There is a banner ad at the top of my site offering 35% off pre-orders of the soon-to-be-released book, Abandoned: The Untold Stories of the Abortion Wars, written by Dr. Monica Miller. My endorsement of Abandoned will be on its back cover, along with the endorsement of several pro-life leaders like Fr. Frank Pavone, Joe Scheidler, David Bereit, Teresa Tomeo, Al Kresta, and best-selling author Dinesh D’Souza, who wrote in the book’s forward: Quite simply, this is the best book ever written on abortion. Beautifully written, this is about the consequences of Roe v. Wade, as seen through the eyes...
  • Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown

    07/28/2012 12:32:33 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 4 replies ^ | May 22,2012 | Eric Blehm
    This book is worth a look....For you people in Florida I put it right behind A Land Remembered From Amazon review Adam Brown was a man who conquered whatever he set out to accomplish "against all odds" time and again. He conquered drugs and crime, betrayal and his own flesh to become a man of uncompromising character and selfless determination. Adam was a humble hero. He loved as hard as he fought and he fought hard. He overcame his past, physical injuries and then serious limitations- time and again...
  • Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason

    07/28/2012 2:35:15 AM PDT · by iowamark · 28 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 3, 2012 | Jamie Glazov
    Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Christina Shelton, a retired US intelligence analyst; she spent the major part of her thirty-two year career (twenty two years) working as a Soviet analyst and a Counterintelligence Branch Chief at the Defense Intelligence Agency. She is the author of the new book, Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason. FP: Christina Shelton, welcome to Frontpage Interview. Shelton: Thank you, Mr. Glazov. FP: Let’s begin with you telling us what inspired you to write this book. Shelton: I have always had an abiding interest in both the Soviet Union and the intriguing world of espionage. For...
  • When You Strike At a Queen...Judith Flanders reviews "Shooting Victoria."

    07/27/2012 7:15:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 27, 2012 | Judith Flanders
    British television has a lot to answer for. From "Upstairs, Downstairs" to "Downton Abbey," it has perpetrated an image of "historical" Britain as a country filled with a loved, even revered, upper class that gracefully patronizes the lower orders, who in turn are thrilled to roll over and have their tummies tickled by their social superiors. Absent is any sense of political, much less social unrest—there are no bread riots, no Luddites, no machine wreckers. Thus many PBS viewers might be surprised by the violence that accompanied the 19th century's extreme political instability. And they might be positively shocked to...
  • The Atlas Shrugged e-book app

    07/26/2012 5:06:22 AM PDT · by stiguy · 18 replies
    Check out the "amped" version of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. If this is the way publishing is headed, I like it. $14.99 buys the ebook and a ton of additional content and interactive features.
  • Defenestration - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

    07/25/2012 11:03:11 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 7, 2012 | MerriamWebsterOnline
    The fascinating story behind many people's favorite word.
  • 1987 Time Capsule of Predictions on 2012 by Sci-Fi Authors

    07/25/2012 10:09:45 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 61 replies
    ISAAC ASIMOVAssuming we haven't destroyed ourselves in a nuclear war, there will be 8-10 billion of us on this planet—and widespread hunger. These troubles can be traced back to President Ronald Reagan who smiled and waved too much. GREGORY BENFORD YOUR FUTURE AND WELCOME TO IT … 25 years from now. World population stands at nearly 8 billion. The Dow-Jones Industrial Average stands at 8,400, but the dollar is worth a third of today's. Oil is running out, but shale-extracted oil is getting cheaper. The real shortage in much of the world is…water. Most Americans are barely literate, think in...
  • It's Better to Build Boys than Mend Men

    07/25/2012 9:55:53 AM PDT · by outofsalt · 9 replies ^ | August 2004 | S Truett Cathy
    A small book with a big message!
  • NC Man Wins Hemingway Look-Alike Contest

    07/23/2012 12:22:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Sunday, Jul 22, 2012
    A white-bearded, 64-year-old North Carolina investment banker has won Key West's annual Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest. Greg Fawcett of Cornelius bested 139 other ``Papa'' Hemingway Look-Alike contestants during his 10th attempt Saturday. It also marked the 113th anniversary of the late author's birth. Competitors in sportsman's attire competed at one of Hemingway's favorite bars, Sloppy Joe's. A panel of former winners judged the contest.
  • The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture : David Mamet

    07/21/2012 8:23:26 AM PDT · by djone · 13 replies
    "Liberalism is a religion," he writes. "It affords a feeling of spiritual rectitude at little or no cost. "College, while it may theoretically teach skills, also serves to delay the matriculation of the adolescent into society." "No, the luckless product of our Liberal Universities, skill-less, will not touch that item his culture named taboo: work. So we see the proliferation, in the Liberal Communities, of counselors, advisors, life coaches, consultants, feng shui 'experts,' as the undereducated chickens come home to roost." "From the Left's point of view one need not work, and may not only Hope to be provided for,...
  • The Population Control Holocaust

    07/20/2012 7:41:00 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 9 replies
    The New Atlantis ^ | Spring 2012 | Robert Zubrin
    There is a single ideological current running through a seemingly disparate collection of noxious modern political and scientific movements, ranging from militarism, imperialism, racism, xenophobia, and radical environmentalism, to socialism, Nazism, and totalitarian communism. This is the ideology of antihumanism: the belief that the human race is a horde of vermin whose unconstrained aspirations and appetites endanger the natural order, and that tyrannical measures are necessary to constrain humanity. The founding prophet of modern antihumanism is Thomas Malthus (1766-1834), who offered a pseudoscientific basis for the idea that human reproduction always outruns available resources. Following this pessimistic and inaccurate assessment...
  • Sum of all fears: Arabs read an average of 6 pages a year, study reveals

    07/20/2012 8:59:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Al-Arabiya ^ | Saturday, 14 July 2012 | Ikram al-Yacoub
    There are some readers for whom obtaining a first edition copy of their favorite book or author is of great import and this is evidenced by people standing in long lines to get their hands on new books. While this may be a common site in the West, many believe this is not the case in the Arab world. There is a common perception too about the number of Arabs that frequent libraries. That number mirrors the nature of a reading culture and can be used to evaluate reading habits among its generations. Earlier this year, a debate on how...
  • Classics given a steamy Fifty Shades of Grey makeover

    07/18/2012 7:16:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 17, 2012 | Emily Andrews
    Devotees of Jane Austen or the Bronte sisters may wish to loosen their corsets and have the smelling salts within reach. Some of the greatest works of English literature have been controversially ‘sexed up’ for the 21st century. Following the success of erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey, one enterprising publisher has given classics such as Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights a bawdy makeover.
  • And the Worst Book of History Is …

    07/16/2012 1:25:38 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 16, 2012 | JENNIFER SCHUESSLER
    <p>The political direction of the country may be up for grabs until November, but the right has scored an interim victory — if that’s the word — in a weeklong contest to determine “the least credible history book in print” just concluded by the History News Network.</p>
  • Ender's Game: The Movie

    07/14/2012 9:35:42 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    Multiple | July 14, 2012
    Orson Scott Card's 1985 Hugo and Nebula Award winning science fiction novel, Ender's Game, is finally coming to the cinema. Principal photography has been completed. The film is in post production and is scheduled for release on November 1, 2013. Gavin Hood is the director and Card is one of the producers. Asa Butterfield is in the title role and other cast members include, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Moises Arias, Aramis Knight, Hailee Steinfeld, Jimmy Pinchak, Abigail Breslin, and Viola Davis. For more information, see IDMb, Wikipedia, and the Ender's Game Blog.
  • Jane Austen's gold ring goes up for auction

    07/09/2012 5:51:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 1 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | July 6, 2012 | Alison Flood
    A turquoise ring which once belonged to Jane Austen is up for auction at Sotheby's next week. But fans of the romantic novelist will need deep pockets if they are to win the rare piece of jewellery, which has a guide price of £20,000 to £30,000. The turquoise and gold ring came to Sotheby's from Austen's family, complete with a note sent by Jane's sister-in-law, Eleanor Austen, in November 1863, to Jane's niece, Caroline Austen. "My dear Caroline," wrote Eleanor. "The enclosed ring once belonged to your Aunt Jane. It was given to me by your Aunt Cassandra as soon...
  • William Shakespeare's Sonnets Repurposed Into Pop Songs

    07/08/2012 5:21:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    The National ^ | Jul 7, 2012 | Jonathan Gornall
    If there was a moment when Shakespeare came alive for me, it was in an English classroom in the late 1960s, when I and the other 12-year-olds gazing glassy-eyed out of the window were listening to a recording of King Lear, being played for us by a trendy teacher desperate to get something into our thick skulls. Don’t get me wrong. I was bored to tears and far more interested in the boats sailing past on the nearby river. But then I made the kind of accidental connection that can transform the ordinary by placing it into a fresh context....
  • Deli Wins 'Instant Heart Attack' Sandwich Suit; High Cholesterol Ensues

    07/08/2012 5:08:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    Village Voice ^ | Sat., Jul. 7 2012 | John Surico Sat.
    If you walk into the Second Avenue Deli - a kosher eatery that relocated from the East Village, when it actually was on 2nd Avenue, to Midtown - with $24.95 in your wallet, you'll have just enough moolah to buy a little snack called the 'Instant Heart Attack.' The 804-calorie towering sandwich, made up of sliced pastrami and fried potato latkes, is like the Tim Tebow at Carnegie Deli - a symbol of food excess that tastes delicious all the way to the doctor. Except the one at Second Avenue faced a bit of a legal problem. Enter The Heart...
  • Agent Garbo,' The Spy Who Lied About D-Day

    07/08/2012 10:01:31 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    NPR ^ | Jul 7, 2012
    Juan Pujol Garcia lived a lie that helped win World War II. Nicknamed for the enigmatic actress Greta Garbo, Garcia's own performance was so convincing he fooled Hitler himself. Juan Pujol Garcia lived a lie that helped win World War II. He was a double agent for the British, performing so well that they nicknamed him for the enigmatic actress Greta Garbo. Author Stephan Talty tells the story of this unlikely hero in a new book called Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day. "Pujol was the Walter Mitty of the war," a very...
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez Suffering From Dementia

    07/07/2012 8:33:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | | Harriet Alexander
    The brother of Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez has revealed that the 85-year-old Nobel Laureat is suffering from dementia.Jaime García Márquez, a civil engineer, told a group of students at a lecture in the Colombian city of Cartagena that his elder brother often telephones him to ask basic questions. “He has problems with his memory. Sometimes I cry because I feel like I’m losing him,” he said. The author, who has lived in Mexico City since 1961, is one of the most influential and highly-acclaimed living writers. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, and Carlos Fuentes, the...
  • The Author of the Civil War

    07/07/2012 11:51:43 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 484 replies
    New York Times ^ | JULY 6, 2012 | CYNTHIA WACHTELL
    At the height of the holiday shopping season of 1860, a bookseller in Richmond, Va., placed a telling advertisement in The Daily Dispatch promoting a selection of "Elegant Books for Christmas and New Year's Presents." Notably, the list of two dozen "choice books, suitable for Holiday Gifts" included five works by the late Scottish novelist and poet Sir Walter Scott in "various beautiful bindings." Sir Walter Scott not only dominated gift book lists on the eve of the Civil War but also dominated Southern literary taste throughout the conflict. His highly idealized depiction of the age of chivalry allowed Southern...
  • Ernest Hemingway Wrote 47 Endings to A Farewell To Arms

    07/06/2012 9:07:59 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 05 Jul 2012 | Martin Chilton
    All 47 endings to Ernest Hemingway's 1929 masterpiece A Farewell To Arms will be published in a new edition next week.All 47 endings to Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell To Arms will be included in a new edition of his 1929 masterpiece published by Scribner next week. The Nobel Prize-winning American author, talking to The Paris Review in 1958, two years before he shot himself at the age of 61, admitted that the final words of A Farewell to Arms, his semi-autobiographical novel about events during the Italian campaigns of World War I in the ambulance corps, had been rewritten “39...
  • The Man They Called Ibn Saud

    07/04/2012 1:31:43 PM PDT · by AMitchum · 3 replies
    The National Interest ^ | June 28, 2012 | Sandra Mackey
    HE WAS a giant, physically and politically. He was an extraordinary leader who took the bedouin ethos and wrapped it in the puritanical sect of Wahhabi Islam. He was the legendary Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud, who in the first quarter of the twentieth century linked together the disparate tribes of the Arabian Peninsula to create the country of Saudi Arabia. Michael Darlow and Barbara Bray have collected the facts, assembled the myths and illuminated the mysteries of this man, pulling it all into a compelling biography titled Ibn Saud: The Desert Warrior Who Created the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The...
  • Andy Griffith Dead at 86, BREAKING NEWS: Friend Says Andy Griffith Has Died

    07/03/2012 7:20:39 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 68 replies ^ | Jul 3, 2012
    Updated: Tue 10:16 AM, Jul 03, 2012 BREAKING NEWS: Friend Says Andy Griffith Has Died Former UNC President Bill Friday says Andy Griffith died this morning in Dare County. Friday, who is a close friend of the actor, confirmed that to WITN News. Friday tells us the 86-year-old actor died at his Dare County home around 7:00 a.m. this morning. Griffith attended UNC Chapel Hill where he earned a degree in Music. According to, Griffith was a regular on the Ed Sullivan show in the 1950's.