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Protesters to challenge Ferguson Library cuts

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A protest has been organized to speak out against the proposed cuts in city funding for the Ferguson Library, at 4:30 p.m. today at the Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd. Budget cuts could lead to reduced library hours and the closing of branches across Stamford. [Read More]
Categories: Public libraries

New books

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I’ve been meaning to read Ian McEwan’s new novel “Solar” since it came out on March 30 — a new novel by McEwan is always a large treat for me, and I’ve been savoring the prospect of this new read. Despite its somewhat mixed reviews, the premise of this new – and comic – novel […] [Read More]

‘The Lincoln of our literature’

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“I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year (1910), and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Mark Twain’s library legacy

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Mark Twain: literary lion, steamboat pilot, intrepid adventurer, American legend, and…ferocious critic. As the 100th anniversary of Samuel Langhorne Clemens’ death approaches (on Wednesday), another aspect of Twain’s prolific talent comes to light in a New York Times article regarding his personal book collection. Courtesy of The Mark Twain Library in Redding, CT, hundreds of […] [Read More]
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Wrestling’s “Cocktail of Death” author tours

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Update: An earlier version of this post mixed up the dates for Muchnick’s book tour. See the correct dates below! Author Irvin Muchnick will drop by Borders Thursday night, promoting his book “CHRIS & NANCY: The True Story of the Benoit Murder-Suicide and Pro Wrestling’s Cocktail of Death.” The book is about WWE professional wrestler […] [Read More]

Trouble with “The Children’s Book”

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I wanted to love “The Children’s Book”, by A.S. Byatt. I really did. It boasted a complex array of characters, a historically fascinating setting, a plot that twisted into the thickets of intrigue and more than a few hints of fantasy — in short, all the elements of a cracking good read. And yet I […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Salinger letters emerge

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Between the years of 1951 and 1993, Salinger wrote a series of letters to his friend E. Michael Mitchell, a graphic artist who designed the original jacket cover of “The Catcher in the Rye” (that famous red horse), and lived next to Salinger in Westport. Two weeks after his death, eleven letters addressed from the […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Holden in the movies?

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I came across this article recently about the prospect of filming “Catcher in the Rye”, and whether or not the book really is “unfilmable.”  Salinger naturally refused to sell the rights during his lifetime, but with his recent death comes a renewed swirl of intrigue over the idea of a movie. Personally, I think it […] [Read More]
Categories: classics, General, Movies