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  • On My Own Two Feet: From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life

    04/20/2015 7:07:14 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 2 replies
    Amazon ^ | December 30, 2014 | Michelle Burford
    Amy Purdy, who inspired a nation on Dancing with the Stars and has been called a hero by Oprah Winfrey, reveals the intimate details of her triumphant comeback from the brink of death to making history as a Paralympic snowboarder. In On My Own Two Feet, Amy takes readers inside her childhood and up to the defining life or death moment. Despite the grim prognosis, she was determined to not just beat the odds and walk again but to create a life filled with bold adventures, big dreams, and boundless vitality—and share that spirit with the world. Amy seized her...
  • The End of the Republic: Review of Barry Strauss’ The Death of Caesar [Eerie similarities]

    04/18/2015 4:20:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/18/15 | Tom Rogan
    Barry Strauss’ The Death of Caesar begins with the triumphant Julius returning to Rome, surrounded by allies and well-wishers—many of whom would eventually take part in the plot to kill him—and then takes the reader on a compelling tour of the events surrounding Caesar’s assassination and the subsequent struggle between competing parties and conceptions of Roman government.The struggle for power is the heart of this skillful, accessible account. Strauss is keen that we understand just how ruthless the men of Rome were, noting how Brutus had once locked debtor councilmen in their homes until they starved to death. He provides...
  • “A Practice Nook in the Subway” [FReeper published in the NYT]

    04/18/2015 3:38:00 AM PDT · by Silly · 16 replies
    The New York Times (Metropolitan Diary) ^ | April 16, 2015 | Paul Klenk
    Dear Diary: A singer often in need of a handy practice area, I sometimes vocalize in the subway (in addition to busking). The cathedral-like acoustics of these underground passages are friendly to the voice, and on my lunch break I can loosen my tie and warm up with some scales. I have found a little cul-de-sac perfect for this at a station near work, out of the paths of the Midtown commuters rushing through. Passers-by who hear my tenor coloratura sometimes pop their heads around the corner in curiosity; some smile or wave. But I go there for the architecture,...
  • What LeBron Can Teach You about Economics

    04/15/2015 1:54:18 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    The Freeman ^ | April 14, 2015 | George Leef
    In Popular Economics, John Tamny, editor of RealClearMarkets, sets out to refute bad economic ideas and replace them with sound ones. Many books have tried to do that, but what sets Tamny’s apart is how he goes about making the “dismal science,” well, popular. His subtitle is revealing: “What the Rolling Stones, Downton Abbey, and LeBron James can teach you about economics.” Quite a bit, as it turns out. To educate is to build a bridge from what a person knows to things he doesn’t yet understand. Tamny does that brilliantly by using sports and popular culture to convey key...
  • Günter Grass, German Novelist and Social Critic, Dies at 87

    04/13/2015 12:32:49 PM PDT · by mojito · 13 replies
    NYT ^ | 4/13/2015 | Stephen Kinzer
    Günter Grass, the German novelist, social critic and Nobel Prize winner whom many called his country’s moral conscience but who stunned Europe when he revealed in 2006 that he had been a member of the Waffen-SS during World War II, died on Monday in the northern German city of Lübeck, which had been his home for decades. He was 87. His longtime publisher, Gerhard Steidl, told reporters that he learned late Sunday that Mr. Grass had been hospitalized after falling seriously ill very quickly. The cause of death was not announced.
  • Folio Society to publish 50th Anniversary copy of 'Dune'

    04/12/2015 6:11:31 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 24 replies
    Folio Society to publish 50th Anniversary copy of 'Dune'
  • Louisiana Teacher Accused Of 9-HOUR THREESOME With Teen Gets No Jail Time For OTHER Illicit Sex

    04/11/2015 4:32:53 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 77 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/11/15 | ERIC OWENS
    [ ... Dufresne is by no means out of the woods for her exploits. Neither is Respess. They both still face criminal charges for their roles in a threesome with the same, unidentified student. ... ] [I read it was a marathon session at 9 hours.]
  • ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5: Where We Left Off

    04/11/2015 3:28:15 PM PDT · by dennisw · 10 replies
    /artsbeat.blogs.nytimes ^ | April 10, 2015 | Jeremy Egner
    “Game of Thrones” is returning for its fifth season on Sunday, you might have heard, riding a wave of the kind of intense anticipation usually reserved for royal offspring and new Apple products. Potential snag: It’s been 10 months since the last episode and this story is complicated, overstuffed with oddly named characters and labyrinthine alliances that shift from week to week. So below, in the name of service journalism, we offer a primer on where things currently stand with most of the show’s major characters. Tyrion Lannister Last seen: Crated in King’s Landing. A lifetime of cruelty from his...
  • Free Kindle Downloads of the Official Biography of Winston Churchill (8 volumes)

    04/10/2015 9:22:02 PM PDT · by Auntie Mame · 54 replies
    Hillsdale College/Amazon ^ | Winston Churchill
    Winston Churchill Day Share By Hillsdale College Apr 8, 2015 5:57:00 PM As the publisher of the Official Biography of Winston Churchill, Hillsdale College plans to host a celebration on April 9 in honor of national Winston Churchill Day!To mark the anniversary of Churchill's honorary US citizenship, Hillsdale College and RosettaBooks are offering free Kindle downloads of all 8 volumes of the official biography on April 9-11 – An $80 value, absolutely free!Download your free copies here:  Youth, 1874–1900 (Volume I)Young Statesman, 1901–1914 (Volume II)The Challenge of War, 1914–1916 (Volume III)World in Torment, 1916–1922 (Volume IV)The Prophet of Truth, 1922–1939...
  • Why Science Does Not Disprove God by Amir Aczel (interview with book author

    04/06/2015 12:38:14 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    John Batchelor Show ^ | 04 April 2013 | John Batchelor interviews author Amir Aczel
    book review ___ Why Science Does Not Disprove John Batchelor interviews author Amir Aczel podcasts 39:45
  • Ian Fleming's Golden Farewell (50 Years ago)

    04/02/2015 7:48:55 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    Ian Fleming.com ^ | 04.01.2015
    Fifty years ago today and eight months after Ian Fleming’s death, The Man with the Golden Gun was published. The birth of the final James Bond novel was difficult and its merits within the canon are still debated among aficionados. Although Fleming had on many occasions claimed that he was finished with writing Bond books, he had completed the first draft of The Man with the Golden Gun by March 1964. After once again undertaking a Bond novel despite his rapidly deteriorating health, a word to his editor William Plomer at Jonathan Cape, rings with an eerie finality: “This is,...
  • The Gathering Storm - 1974

    04/02/2015 3:06:12 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1974 | Winston Churchill (book), Colin Morris (TV/movie)
    Published on May 23, 2014 The story of British prime minister Winston Churchill, focusing on his place in British life just prior to World War II. Starring: Richard Burton, Virginia McKenna, Robert Hardy, Ian Bannen Directed by: Herbert Wise
  • A vicious project by Andrey Sakharov before he became a Human Rights Activist

    04/02/2015 1:41:43 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 5 replies
    The World of Andrei Sakharov : A Russian Physicist's Path to Freedom ^ | March 24, 2005 | Gennady Gorelik, Antonina W. Bouis
    [Andrey] Sakharov [a Soviet dissident and one of the creators of the Soviet hydrogen bomb] gave a bitter description of this habitual psychological attitude in his Memoires, when he tried to find a military application for the Tsar Bomb: After testing the "big" device I was worried that it didn't have a good carrier (bombers didn't count because they're easy to shoot down), in other words, in the military sense we were working in vain. I decided that an effective carrier could be a big torpedo fired from a submarine. I imagined that a nuclear jet engine that converted water...
  • William Buckley and Gore Vidal trade insults

    04/01/2015 10:53:39 PM PDT · by thesligoduffyflynns · 10 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj0ChLVTpaA ^ | today | thesligoduffyflynns
    Well isn't this a fine kettle and pot? Buckley shot straight from the hip & no holds barred.
  • Report From Valhalla on The War of Fourteen Centuries

    04/01/2015 9:37:26 PM PDT · by thesligoduffyflynns · 13 replies
    Breitbart National Security ^ | today | thesligoduffyflynns
    A STUNNING piece of writing that has been overlooked published on Feb 14 2015- Breitbart & National Security. A bit long but very well worth the read.
  • Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi (book)

    03/31/2015 12:56:13 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    John Batchelor Show ^ | 31 March 2015 | John Batchelor interviews authors Fred Burton and Samuel M. Katz
    Podcast - interview of book authors 39:53
  • Why Hitler Wished He Was Muslim

    03/30/2015 1:30:27 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/16/2015 | DOMINIC GREEN
    ‘It’s been our misfortune to have the wrong religion,” Hitler complained to his pet architect Albert Speer. “Why did it have to be Christianity, with its meekness and flabbiness?” Islam was a Männerreligion—a “religion of men”—and hygienic too. The “soldiers of Islam” received a warrior’s heaven, “a real earthly paradise” with “houris” and “wine flowing.” This, Hitler argued, was much more suited to the “Germanic temperament” than the “Jewish filth and priestly twaddle” of Christianity. For decades, historians have seen Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch of 1923 as emulating Mussolini’s 1922 March on Rome. Not so, says Stefan Ihrig in “Atatürk...
  • Ukraine Creates Internet Army To Combat Russian Trolls

    03/28/2015 7:12:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    ValueWalk ^ | Marie Cabural
    Ukraine’s Ministry of Information Policy created a special “information force” or internet army to combat Russian trolls and pro-Kremlin media from spreading propaganda online. The Ministry also launched a new website, i-army.org. The new website appeared online on February 23 with a slogan, “Each of your information messages is a bullet in your enemy’s conscience.” According to the Ministry, Ukrainians interested to serve the country as volunteer internet fighters can apply by submitting their names and e-mail addresses to the website. “Many fronts have been opened against us, and one of the most crucial ones is the information one. Now...
  • Downton and out: 6th series will be last as cast gather to read through the new script

    03/26/2015 2:16:09 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 51 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 3-26-15 | Katherine Rushton & Hannah Flint
    The doors to Downton Abbey are finally closing. Carnival Films and ITV have announced that there will be no return to the famous home of the Crawley family after the sixth season airs, as they want to end on a high. Downton Abbey has been a huge international success, selling to broadcasters around the world, but its ratings in Britain had started flagging. NBC Universal, which owns the production company behind the show, said in an internal note to staff that the long-running drama was ‘approaching its natural conclusion’. The internal note, seen by the Daily Mail, said: ‘Whilst we...
  • A Life of Flannery O’Connor: A Review

    03/25/2015 4:09:50 PM PDT · by don-o · 17 replies
    Mary Flannery O’Connor described herself as a 13th century Catholic and she was right. Surprisingly in an age given to nihilism, progressivism, and consolidation this traditional, Southern, cerebral, talented and orthodox Catholic is among America’s most important writers. There are any number of literary, cultural, and psychological reasons why Mary Flannery stands among the pantheon of American writers but, there are none more important than the fact that she understood an inherent, apodictical truth: modern man has closed his existence, “annihilated the cosmos by contracting reality into himself,” and created a “new world” formed in Hegelian second realities The beautiful,...
  • Looking for Flannery O’Connor on Her 90th Birthday

    03/25/2015 8:24:18 AM PDT · by Borges · 3 replies
    Town Topics ^ | 3/25/2015 | Stuart Mitchner
    I have a large tumor and if they don’t make haste and get rid of it, they will have to remove me and leave it. —Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964) The characteristic quip about the tumor is from a letter Flannery O’Connor wrote months before her death on August 3, 1964. I was hoping to find a copy of her first novel, Wise Blood, at the Bryn Mawr Wellesley Book Sale. I’d have gladly settled for the Ace paperback with a blonde in a black negligee on a cover promising “A brutal passionate novel of sin and redemption in a southern town.”...
  • The Power To Hold On (vanity post)

    03/24/2015 5:00:24 AM PDT · by austinaero · 8 replies
    An Iron Will (book) ^ | 03/24/2015 | Orison Swett Marden
    THE POWER TO HOLD ON “The power to hold on is characteristic of all men who have accomplished anything great; they may lack in some other particular, have many weaknesses or eccentricities, but the quality of persistence is never absent from a successful man. No matter what opposition he meets or what discouragement overtakes him, drudgery cannot disgust him, obstacles cannot discourage him, labor cannot weary him; misfortune, sorrow, and reverses cannot harm him. It is not so much brilliancy of intellect, or fertility of resource, as persistency of effort, constancy of purpose, that makes a great man. Those who...
  • RIP, Jim Berry: For 40 years, 'Berry's World' cartoonist dispensed relatable laughs

    03/23/2015 12:35:54 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 23, 2015 | Michael Cavna
    ... In so many ways, to read Jim Berry was to meet Jim Berry. "Berry's World," the syndicated single-panel feature that he drew for 40 years, beginning in 1963, was a remarkably steady stream of thoughtful observational humor that — like the unfussy art itself — rarely seemed to strain for the laugh. Each gag, as steady as a top golfer's approach shots, just "landed." Precision meets concision ... Mr. Berry died last Friday in Boynton Beach, Fla., at age 83 ...
  • Book: Freedom's Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II ___ by Arthur Herman.

    03/23/2015 11:59:54 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    John Batchelor Show ^ | 21 March 2015 | John Batchelor interviews author Arthur Herrman
    Audio interview 39:48
  • Night at The Museum 3

    03/23/2015 11:22:13 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 7 replies
    today | Me
    Watched the movie over the weekend and it is a very GOOD example of what libs think the world would be if they could have it their way.
  • White Slaves in Colonial America

    03/23/2015 9:28:55 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 68 replies
    My Research | March 23 2015 | Me
    I am certain we never heard this in school. The Irish slave trade began when James II sold 30,000 Irish prisoners as slaves to the New World. His Proclamation of 1625 required Irish political prisoners be sent overseas and sold to English settlers in the West Indies. By the mid 1600s, the Irish were the main slaves sold to Antigua and Montserrat. At that time, 70% of the total population of Montserrat were Irish slaves. Ireland quickly became the biggest source of human livestock for English merchants. The majority of the early slaves to the New World were actually white....
  • 80,000-plus Bibles shipped to Cuba for churches

    03/20/2015 7:01:24 AM PDT · by fungoking · 9 replies
    IMB connecting ^ | 03/16/15 | Barbara Denman
    Three 40-foot containers packed with 83,723 Spanish-speaking Bibles to be distributed among Baptist churches in both Western and Eastern Cuba will leave South Florida during the week of March 15 and are expected to arrive in Havana March 25. The shipment is the third Southern Baptists have sent to the island nation since 1999, bringing the total number of Bibles sent to nearly half a million, said Kurt Urbanek, IMB strategy leader for Cuba since 1997. However, this represents the first time Bibles were shipped directly from the United States. The extensive process of seeking permission from the Cuban government...
  • About Novelist Zane Grey

    03/18/2015 6:50:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Zane Grey (1872-1939) was to the western novel what Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was to detective fiction, churning out 89 novels about the American cowboy and the western frontier. His books were on the bestseller list 13 times between 1910 and 1924 and ranked in sales just behind the Bible and the McGuffey Reader. Zane-GreyAn Easterner by birth, he grew up fishing and hunting in rural Pennsylvania. He was fascinated with the deserts of the Southwest and became well known as a world traveler and adventurer. He went on extensive hunting trips, packing in supplies by mule train and camping...
  • "The Universal Tone" Carlos Santana's autobiography

    03/18/2015 5:09:35 PM PDT · by West Texas Chuck · 41 replies
    My wife knows I love Santana's music so when we saw his autobiography at Sam's one day, I knew that was in my stocking for Christmas. So I've been reading it, nearly all the way through 544 pages, and I have a few comments, see below.
  • Huxley to Orwell: My Hellish Vision of the Future is Better Than Yours (1949)

    03/17/2015 3:54:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    Open Culture ^ | March 17, 2015 | Jonathan Crow
    In 1949, George Orwell received a curious letter from his former high school French teacher. Orwell had just published his groundbreaking book Nineteen Eighty-Four, which received glowing reviews from just about every corner of the English-speaking world. His French teacher, as it happens, was none other than Aldous Huxley who taught at Eton for a spell before writing Brave New World (1931), the other great 20th century dystopian novel.
  • What Chesterton Saw in America

    03/17/2015 3:42:59 PM PDT · by don-o · 13 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | Apr 7, 2014 | Joseph Pearce
    One of Chesterton’s most penetrating insights into America concerned what he called “the great American experiment” of multi-racialism, “the experiment of a democracy of diverse races which has been compared to a melting-pot”. Chesterton asserted that the experiment required a strong sense of national identity, which was the unifying force that allowed the many races to meld into the one nation. The metaphor of the melting pot “implies that the pot itself is of a certain shape and a certain substance; a pretty solid substance. The melting-pot must not melt.”[5] The paradox, therefore, is that the very diversity necessitates unity....
  • "Rockin' the Wall"/LS to be at Notre Dame

    03/17/2015 7:47:44 AM PDT · by LS · 9 replies
    self ^ | 3/17/2015 | LS
    I will be in South Bend at Notre Dame University to screen "Rockin' the Wall", our documentary about rock music's part in the fall of the Berlin Wall, on Sunday, March 29, 3:00 p.m. at the DeBartolo Auditorium. Admission is free. I will be around to sign books afterward as well. See you there!
  • Hillary Can’t Delete This [Another In The "Congenital Liar" Series!]

    03/15/2015 9:31:19 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    Wall St. J. ^ | March 15, 2015 | DAVID FEITH
    Hillary Can’t Delete This As Secretary of State, Clinton says she stopped at nothing to get a blind dissident out of China. That’s not what he remembers. By DAVID FEITH March 15, 2015 This book won’t help Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president. Its author, Chen Guangcheng, is the blind Chinese human-rights lawyer who in April 2012 escaped rural house arrest and sought refuge at the U.S. embassy in Beijing. The ensuing diplomatic tussle over his fate was a high drama that Mrs. Clinton touts as an accomplishment of her tenure as secretary of state. It reminded her of the “responsibility...
  • 6 myths about the Ides of March and killing Caesar

    03/15/2015 9:55:04 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 55 replies
    Vox ^ | March 15, 2015 | Phil Edwards
    This is what most of us know about the death of Julius Caesar, half-remembered from movies and plays: Some soothsayer said, "Beware the Ides of March." A few idealistic Romans decided to win back Rome for the people.Caesar got stabbed by Brutus with a big sword, said "Et tu, Brute?" and died nobly. All of that is wrong.
  • Flannery O’Connor: Friends Don’t Let Friends Read Ayn Rand (1960)

    03/14/2015 8:04:26 PM PDT · by don-o · 49 replies
    Open Culture ^ | June 18, 2014
    In a letter dated May 31, 1960, Flannery O’Connor, the author best known for her classic story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” (listen to her read the story here) penned a letter to her friend, the playwright Maryat Lee. It begins rather abruptly, likely because it’s responding to something Maryat said in a previous letter: I hope you don’t have friends who recommend Ayn Rand to you. The fiction of Ayn Rand is as low as you can get re fiction. I hope you picked it up off the floor of the subway and threw it in the...
  • "Beware the Ides of March"

    03/14/2015 11:49:29 AM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 24 replies
    The Life and Death of Julius Caesar ... Soothsayer: Ceasar! CAESAR: Ha! who calls? CASCA: Bid every noise be still: peace yet again! CAESAR: Who is it in the press that calls on me? I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music,Cry 'Caesar!' Speak; Caesar is turn'd to hear. Soothsayer: Beware the ides of March. CAESAR: What man is that? BRUTUS: A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March. CAESAR: Set him before me; let me see his face. CASSIUS: Fellow, come from the throng; look upon Caesar. CAESAR: What say'st thou to me now? speak once again....
  • Photographer aims to prove Peak District is home to Britain's most majestic landscapes [tr]

    03/13/2015 8:38:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 13, 2015 | Michael Gadd
    Whether at sunrise, sunset or the heart of the day, in the height of summer or engulfed by snow, photographer James Grant is convinced that the Peak District offers some of the most spectacular landscapes Great Britain has to offer. The parochial landscape photographer has a passion for hills and mountains, in particular those surrounding his home town of Matlock on the south eastern edge of the Peak District, although he also has a soft spot for the Lake District, Snowdonia and Scotland. These images of rolling hills bathed in light and mist show the breadth of an already formidable...
  • NOTES ON “MIDDLEMARCH” (2)

    03/13/2015 7:58:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | March 13, 2015 | Scott Johnson
    Though Middlemarch has a large cast of characters involved in intricately related plots, Dorothea Brooke stands out as the book’s heroine. The narrative begins and ends with her. Book I of the novel’s eight Books is “Miss Brooke.” She is a young woman of simple beauty and surpassing decency. She yearns idealistically to benefit humanity, or subordinate herself as the helpmate of a great man like John Milton in his blindness. Yet she is exceedingly foolish.
  • Sir Terry Pratchett, renowned fantasy author, dies aged 66

    03/12/2015 9:19:32 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 12 March 2015
    Fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett has died aged 66, having had Alzheimer's disease for eight years. "The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds," said Larry Finlay of his publishing company, Transworld. Best known for the Discworld series, Sir Terry wrote more than 70 books over his lengthy career. He was first diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2007, but continued writing, completing his final book last summer. The author died at home "with his cat sleeping on his bed, surrounded by his family," Mr Finlay said.
  • NOTES ON “MIDDLEMARCH”

    03/12/2015 6:23:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | March 12, 2015 | Scott Johnson
    On Monday I finished reading George Eliot’s great Victorian novel Middlemarch for the first time. I have tried and failed to finish it several times; it’s not easy reading. At a few points it is, briefly, a slog. Although it remains a subject of debate, I believe the novel lacks a happy ending. Nevertheless, for me, the ending was happy. I finished the book. What did it take? I sought permission to audit an undergraduate class in the Victorian novel at a local college and paid for the privilege. I needed a structure within which to read the book. Like...
  • Did Mr Darcy make his fortune from the slave trade? Romantic hero profited from the [tr]

    03/11/2015 11:51:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 11, 2015 | Tahira Yaqoob
    It has sold more than 20 million copies since it was written two centuries ago and has had generations of schoolgirls swooning over the ultimate romantic hero. But the great unspoken background of Jane Austen's world is that both Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley in Pride and Prejudice got rich from the slave trade, says author Joanna Trollope. The novelist, speaking at the Festival of Literature in Dubai, dispelled the myth about Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley being the perfect men and described the 'very dark underbelly' to Austen's books. She said: 'Why does Mr Bingley in Pride and Prejudice...
  • 1629 --This Date in History

    03/10/2015 9:09:17 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 12 replies
    today | me
    1629 Charles I of England dissolves Parliament and rules alone for 11 years.
  • They Were Heroes: A Sergeant Major's Tribute to Combat Marines of Iraq and Afghanistan

    03/07/2015 4:09:17 PM PST · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    John Batchelor Show ^ | 06 March 2015 | John Batchelor interview author SgtMaj David K. Devaney
    Audio interview 39:32
  • 35 hilariously bad Kindle book covers

    03/03/2015 4:24:19 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 50 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | March 3, 2015 | Peter Yeung
    Amazon's Kindle ebooks have revolutionised the way that people can read, write and publish books. The process has been democratised, meaning that large teams of proofreaders, illustrators and designers have been replaced by a single author doing everything themselves — including designing the book cover. But the results aren't always pretty, as the Tumblr blog Kindle Cover Disasters proves. Can you judge a book by its cover? Let's hope not. — Compiled by Peter Yeung Link to book cover gallery.
  • Maggie Smith to leave ‘Downton Abbey’ after Season 6

    03/02/2015 3:48:25 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 3-2-15 | David Hinckley
    "Downton Abbey" is losing its Dowager Countess. Maggie Smith, who plays the sharp-tongued Violet on the beloved PBS drama, told the Times of London Sunday that the upcoming sixth season will be her last. Perhaps more alarming to fans, if that’s possible, was Smith’s broad hint that this could also be the finale for the show itself. "They say this is the last one, and I can't see how it could go on," Smith told the Times. “I mean, I certainly can't keep going ... To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. We're into the late 1920s."
  • Paramount In Talks To Acquire Rights To Sci-Fi Classic 'The Stars My Destination'

    03/02/2015 3:26:07 PM PST · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    Deadline|Hollywood ^ | February 27, 2015 | Anita Busch
    EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures is talks to acquire feature-film rights for the classic sci-fi novel The Stars My Destination for producer Mary Parent. Written by Alfred Bester, the book (better known as Tiger! Tiger! in the U.K. for its opening-page reprint of a William Blake poem) follows a man who is shipwrecked in space for years when one day a rescue crew passes him by. Angered, he channels his energies into seeking revenge and begins scheming. The key art of the book is enough to get anyone intrigued.
  • I’d Love to be a Jane Austen heroine, admits Camilla – but not Before also Choosing Winnie The ....

    02/26/2015 4:14:02 PM PST · by Cecily · 8 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | February 25, 2015 | Rebecca English
    As one of the most beguiling characters in English literature, Elizabeth Bennet has been described as high-spirited and honest to a fault. Little wonder, then, that the Duchess of Cornwall has admitted she rather admires the Pride And Prejudice heroine. Asked yesterday which storybook character she would like to be, Camilla initially gave the odd response of Winnie The Pooh. Her reason soon became clear, however, as she explained: ‘I would love to have my fingers stuck in honey’. She then revealed that her all-time heroine is Jane Austen’s feisty Lizzy, who defies social conventions – and her own prejudice...
  • DC's Catwoman Comes Out as Bisexual

    02/26/2015 1:17:54 PM PST · by C19fan · 60 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | February 26, 2015 | Graeme McMillan
    After 75 years, Selina Kyle is finally coming out of the closet. RECOMMENDED Marvel Unveils Thunder God Police Force in New 'Thors' Series 'Justice League Detroit': The Failed Comic Behind the CW's Superhero Future How the New 'Fantastic Four' Trailer Stays Faithful to the Original Comics In the latest issue of the DC Entertainment’s Catwoman comic book series — No. 39, released this week — Kyle kisses another woman, ending decades of fan rumors and speculation by stating canonically that the character is, in fact, bisexual.
  • Vanity - Anthony Horowitz Yet to be Titled Bond Novel to published September 8th

    02/25/2015 6:48:46 PM PST · by Perdogg · 8 replies
    02.25.2015
    Anthony Horowitz Authorized Bond novel is to be published on September 8th. The book is supposed incorporate unpublished Ian Fleming material. My guess is the material from Fleming's scrapbook. The Hardcopy and the Trade LP Paperback is already for sale on Amazon.
  • BBC/Weinstein Co ‘War And Peace’ Mini Adds Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent

    02/24/2015 10:05:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | February 24, 2015 | Nancy Tartaglione
    Principal photography has started on the six-part adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic War And Peace which is being made by BBC Cymru Wales in partnership with The Weinstein Company and BBC Worldwide/Lookout Point. Paul Dano, Lily James and James Norton are already aboard to star, with new additions to the cast including Jim Broadbent, Gillian Anderson, Brian Cox and Ken Stott. The epic drama is written by House Of Cards and Bridget Jones‘ Andrew Davies. Anderson was nominated for a Golden Globe for her turn in his 2007 adaptation of Dickens’ Bleak House.