Looking back at the Kent State shootings

May 4th, 2016

67shotsaHere’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on Looking back at the Kent State shootings.

What [women think] men should read

April 6th, 2016

From HuffPost Books: 22 books women think men should read


March 31st, 2016

“When we encounter human suffering, it is important to respond with compassion rather than to question the politics of those we help.”

— His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet in
“Questions for the Dalai Lama: Answers on Love, Success, Happiness & the Meaning of Life”

A teacher’s responsibility

February 24th, 2016

“If a teacher not only imparts academic education but also assumes responsibility for preparing students for life, his or her pupils will feel trust and respect and what has been taught will leave an indelible impression on their minds.”

— His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet in
“Questions for the Dalai Lama: Answers on Love, Success, Happiness & the Meaning of Life”

Dalai Lama wisdom

January 27th, 2016

“We can never obtain peace in our outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”

— His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet in
“Questions for the Dalai Lama: Answers on Love, Success, Happiness & the Meaning of Life”

You mean there’s more?

December 3rd, 2015

From Buzzfeed: The emotional stages of waiting to read the next book in a series

Optical illusions: Two tables

November 20th, 2015


Which table is longer? They’re the same! See link.

Optical illusions: Horizontal lines

October 21st, 2015


Believe it or not, the horizontal lines are parallel.

Optical illusions: Young or old?

September 22nd, 2015


What do you see? A young girl or an old woman? Or both?


August 31st, 2015

“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”

– His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet in “Questions for the Dalai Lama: Answers on Love, Success, Happiness & the Meaning of Life”

Optical illusions: Margaret Thatcher

May 29th, 2015

opticalmargthatcherLooks like Margaret Thatcher. But turn it upside down! Click on the image for the explanation.

Optical illusions: Leaning towers

May 28th, 2015


You think one is leaning more than the other, don’t you? But they’re identical! Click the image for the explanation.

Optical illusions: Albert or Marilyn?

May 27th, 2015

opticaleinsteinmarilynUp close you think you’re looking at Albert Einstein. Now, step back away from the screen a bit and what do you see? Marilyn Monroe! Click the image for the explanation.

Optical illusions: Duck or rabbit?

May 26th, 2015


Are you looking at a duck? or a rabbit? Click the image for an explanation.

Memorial Day

May 25th, 2015

Stars and stripes

Have a blessed Memorial Day.

Conan Doyle

May 22nd, 2015

From Goodreads: Little known facts about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Inspirations to Rowling

May 21st, 2015

ICaptureTheCastleFrom Goodreads: 16 books that inspired J.K. Rowling

Why liberal?

May 20th, 2015

The Charlotte Observer gives a fantastic response to the question “Why do you support such a liberal agenda?” Makes ya feel good all over. (Thanks to Daily KOS for the link.)

No gender break in good kids’ books

May 19th, 2015

From entertainment news: Hey, let the boys read books with girls in them. Girls read books with boys in them, don’t they?

Comics are books, after all

May 18th, 2015

From the “Duh” file: Kids love comics, and they introduce them to other books.

Author has new 3-book deal

May 15th, 2015

From Associated Press:

NEW YORK (AP) — The author of the best-selling “Daughter of Smoke & Bone” fantasy trilogy has a new three-book deal.

Laini Taylor has signed with publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to write three young-adult novels.

The publisher announced Thursday the first book will be called “The Muse of Nightmares” and is scheduled for fall 2016. It says the book is a “high fantasy” work about a clash between humans and the offspring of gods.

Taylor’s “Lips Touch: Three Times” was a National Book Award finalist in 2009. Two years later she began the “Daughter of Smoke & Bone” series, which ended last year with “Dreams of Gods & Monsters.”

Film rights to the trilogy have been acquired by Universal Pictures.

PEN/John Galbraith Award

May 14th, 2015

From Associated Press:

Book on hospital after Hurricane Katrina wins $10,000 award

NEW YORK (AP) — An author whose book “Five Days at Memorial” tells of a New Orleans hospital after Hurricane Katrina has won a $10,000 prize for nonfiction.

The literary and human rights organization PEN announced Wednesday that Sheri Fink had won the PEN/John Galbraith Award for a book of “notable literary merit” that highlights an important contemporary issue.

Joshua Horwitz’s “War of the Whales” won the $10,000 PEN/E.O. Wilson prize for science writing. John Branch’s “Boy On Ice” won the $5,000 PEN/ESPN award for sports writing.

Anna Whitelock’s “The Queen’s Bed” received a $5,000 prize for biography. And Saeed Jones’ “Prelude to Bruise” won the $5,000 PEN award for poetry.

Inspirational children’s stories

May 13th, 2015


From The Guardian: Children’s stories that inspired writers


May 12th, 2015


From Buzz Feed: 13 books that perfectly describe heartbreak. (Thanks to Shelf Awareness for the link.)

Parkman Prize awarded

May 11th, 2015

From the Associated Press:

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the top honors for historians, the Francis Parkman Prize, has been given to Danielle Allen for a close and modern take on the Declaration of Independence.

The Society of American Historians told The Associated Press that Allen had won for “Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality.” Previous Parkman winners include Robert Caro, David McCullough and Eric Foner.

The society also announced Monday that David Levering Lewis, the Pulitzer Prize- and Parkman-winning historian, received the Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Award for lifetime achievement. The biennial James Fenimore Cooper Prize for historical fiction went to Jacinda Townsend’s “Saint Monkey” and Justin Leroy’s “Empire and the Afterlife of Slavery” received the Allan Nevins Prize for best dissertation.

The society is based at Columbia University.

Books I can’t stop thinking about

May 8th, 2015

Books Kristin HannahDescentHere’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column, Books I can’t stop thinking about.

RIP Ruth Rendell

May 7th, 2015

rendellruthRIP Ruth Rendell (aka Barbara Vine), pioneer of the psychological thriller, who died May 2 at age 85.

Here’s a link to the NPR obit.

Amazing bars

May 6th, 2015


From The Telegraph: Amazing bars to drink at. (Shown: a bar in Mumbai)

Noms de plume

May 5th, 2015

From Electric Lit: A history of pen names

May 4 remembered

May 4th, 2015


Photos from the annual commemoration of the May 4, 1970, shootings at Kent State. (Photos by Amanda Woolf, Record-Courier)