Category Archives: Books & Reading

Happy Independence Day

The Declaration of Independence was drafted by Thomas Jefferson during the June 1776 Continental Congress. The beautiful painting to the left illustrates what ‘drafting’ represented. The video below from HBO’s goosebumps inducing [e.g. Adams and Jefferson both died 50 years … Continue reading

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Take Nick Hornby leave the cannolli

There can be a certain melancholy to discovering writers whose work you love. Are they dead or in their prime? Sometimes dead is better, like when there’s an accessible body of work. I love Tom Wolfe, but after I found … Continue reading

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To suffer the pain of what is hidden

In the middle of reading Nick Hornby’s clever book about books, The Complete Polysyllabic Spree, I came across an amazing letter from an unexpected motivational speaker, Anton Chekhov. Below are portions of Chekhov’s letter, written in 1886, to his younger … Continue reading

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Dreaming of G.K. Chesterton in a blue sweater

I’ve been trying to complete reading — I’ve mastered just starting the book — G.K. Chesterton’s book, Manalive for over a year. Also in the past year, I have been making great use of the Miami-Dade Public Library system. Whenever … Continue reading

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Charles Dickens was in better shape than me

Nothing says middle age like, ‘Charles Dickens was in better shape than me.’ Don’t laugh, if you’re even glancing at obscure blogs like mine you are likely a sad sedentary jumble of man boobs and a mid-section that resembles a … Continue reading

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Stan Musial: Great Catholic American

Book: Stan Musial: An American Life by George Vecsey Method: Read library copy What I got from the book: The word nice is essential to understanding who Stan Musial was. The book cloth color is Cardinal Red, naturally. The dust … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving and Christmas

Joe Christmas that is.  After reading how the Faulkner character came to be adopted, I was reminded, yet again, that many of my blessings, like my sins, are things of omission.

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Berlin 1961: Little Boy Blue Meets Al Capone

Book: Berlin 1961 by Frederick Kempe Method: Read library copy What I got from the book: Beautiful book.  Two-toned cover in green and mahogany and a font, which although still readable, reminded me that I might be on the verge … Continue reading

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I See Dead People’s Books

I see dead people’s books, thanks to a web site dedicated to book lovers, Library Thing. I’m also taking up one of the Group Challenges regarding reading 50 books in 2011. Great web site. Even mistaken identities — the Graham … Continue reading

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In Cold Blood

Book: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote Method: Read my used hardcover book What I got from the book: In the introduction, Capote quotes a very old French poem which is intended to remind readers that Christians are called to … Continue reading

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