Monthly Archives: May 2012

Seven score and nine years ago….

I’ve been reading a couple of books about Lincoln, Ronald White’s pedestrian but informative A. Lincoln: A Biography and Garry Wills’ more ambitious and sophisticated Lincoln at Gettysburg, so the Gettysburg Address seemed a natural choice for a Memorial Day … Continue reading

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Dr. Tung’s Evil 3-D House of Shrubbery

Terry Brooks’ Magic Kingdom for Sale: Sold begins with an intriguing premise: a depressed lawyer from Chicago sees an ad for a magic kingdom in an upscale Christmas catalogue and decides he has little to lose. The scenario isn’t super-original … Continue reading

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Hey hey, LBJ

My curiosity was aroused by the buzz about the latest instalment of Robert Caro’s LBJ biography, so I decided to start at the beginning, with The Path to Power. Johnson has always had a mixed reputation, and I certainly wasn’t … Continue reading

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La Mano de Dios

At one point in the novel Cold Mountain, the young heroine takes time out from trying to survive in Civil War-torn Carolina for some auto-erotic activity. She fantasizes about a certain man she knows, and author Charles Frazier explains that, … Continue reading

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