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A Little Knowledge…

What happens when you read a book? In Alan Bennett’s book The Uncommon Reader, the Queen of England suddenly develops an interest in reading. Once she starts reading she starts thinking; she has new ideas and new ways of seeing … Continue reading

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The moon landing

My latest package from Amazon arrived a couple days ago, and included a copy of MoonFire, a gorgeous coffee-table tome from Taschen, with text by Norman Mailer and photos from NASA. It’s a history of the Apollo 11 mission, with … Continue reading

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Henry’s stones

“I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone.” — H.D. Thoreau Well, yes and no. I hate … Continue reading

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Where’s Bambi?

Several years ago I heard about the Bulwer-Lytton contest where people would submit their best worst opening lines for a novel. I decided to organize such a contest for our department at work, and I ended up winning. (And no, … Continue reading

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Odyssey translations

Few people know that T.E. Lawrence, aka “Lawrence of Arabia” was not only a derring-do military guy who organized the Arabs during WWI to drive the Turks out of Arabia, but was also an archaeologist, classicist, motorcyclist, inventor, writer, and … Continue reading

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The 26 April 2010 issue of The New Yorker had an article on e-publishing, specifically the battle between Amazon’s Kindle and the new iPad from Apple, and the effect that these and other similar devices are having on the publishing … Continue reading

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