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Saying goodbye to J.D. Salinger

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The elusive and beloved author of “The Catcher in the Rye”, “Franny and Zooey”, and “Nine Stories”, died Wednesday at his home in Cornish N.H., at the age of 91. The New York Times ran a detailed and fitting obituary. Salinger is perhaps best known as the creator of one of the most caustic and […] [Read More]
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Happy Burns Night

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January 25, 2010 marks the 251st birthday of the Scottish poet Robert Burns, author of “Auld Lang Syne” and “My luv’s like a red, red rose.” Each year, the anniversary is commemorated with the celebration of Burns Night, a traditional holiday in Scotland and the UK.  Burns Night festivities usually honor the bard of Scotland with […] [Read More]
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Here’s to George

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“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell Today marks the 60th anniversary of George Orwell’s death. He was born Eric Arthur Blair in Motihari, India, on June 25 1903, and died in London on January 21, 1950, at the age of forty-six. For the last three […] [Read More]
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Nevermore?

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It has to be one of the coolest literary rituals ever. And one particularly fitting the honoree. Every year, on Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday, a mysterious figure shows up in the dark, early morning hours and leaves three roses and a half-full bottle of cognac at the writer’s grave in Baltimore. Poe fans come from […] [Read More]
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The Baker Street Irregulars

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I finally went to see the new Sherlock Holmes adaptation with no small amount of trepidation. For years, Holmes and I have been very well acquainted and I was afraid my clear, well-defined image of a character I so loved would be muddled and abused by watching the film. I walked into the movie theater […] [Read More]

A closer look at In Cold Blood

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I picked up Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood this summer and slowly worked my way through most of it, only to leave it lying unattended by my bedside for months. Not that it isn’t a gripping tale. The non-fiction, which details the murder of a family of four in rural Kansas, often has the same […] [Read More]