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Nooooooooo!

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Reading Rainbow, a favorite from my childhood, is to end its 26-year run, NPR reports. I’m so sad. How will kids know what to read without LeVar Burton? [Read More]

Book Browsing

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Yesterday I spent a considerable amount of time wandering Barnes and Noble, a favorite activity, trying not to succumb to my rapacious appetite for all those lovely new reads lining the shelves, their glossy covers and thick, creamy pages just begging to be rifled through. For me, books have the same tantalizingly irresistible pull that […] [Read More]
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Nudging on health care

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Two books I’ve read recently provide pretty good perspective on the health care debate — “Nudge,” by Obama advisor Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler and “Better,” by Atul Gawande. Gawande, a New Yorker staff writer, wrote the oft-cited piece about the cost of health care in McAllen, Texas, where Medicaid reimbursements are the highest in […] [Read More]

Listening to the Good Book

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I’m not a huge audio book fan, but I often find myself driving between 6 and 8 on Saturday evenings. That might not mean much to you, but to me it means tyranny: every public radio station between New Haven and Brooklyn — at least the ones I’m aware of — play only “A Prairie […] [Read More]

Guilty pleasures in fiction

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Before we started reading “The Nine” I unsuccessfully tried to cram in one of my favorite guilty pleasures: “Wicked Prey,” the latest in a series of mysteries by a former Twin Cities journalist who writes under the name John Sandford. The Prey series is one of two I picked up as a young teenager because […] [Read More]

“Dune” authors land in Greenwich

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For all of you science fiction lovers out there, authors Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson will speak on their new book in the popular “Dune” series, “Winds of Dune,” tonight, 7 p.m. at Just Books in Old Greenwich. Written by Herbert’s father, the late Frank Herbert, “Dune” tells the story of a feudal interstellar empire […] [Read More]
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Eat your words

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As the summer melts blissfully into the thick, sultry humidity of August, the library can become a delicious oasis of cool; the air-conditioned stacks of arid-smelling books and chilled silence of the hushed reading rooms are a delight on the hottest, muggiest of days. What could possibly be more delicious, more satisfying and better suited […] [Read More]

The Supreme Court lag

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As Chris pointed out in his first post about “The Nine” by Jeffrey Toobin, the battle over the Supreme Court has been framed by a for the last three decades by an ideological debate between those who believe the framer’s intentions in drafting the Constitution should be strictly interpreted and those who believe the Constitution […] [Read More]