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Repurposing Twain: We Need Another Film Version of "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court"

There are very few film versions of Mark Twain’s works. Given the quality of the existing crop, we should probably consider that a blessing.

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U.S. Grant and H.G. Wells

I’ve been reading through Grant’s Memoirs again, this time focusing more on the Conclusion. It’s classic Grant: dry and to the point. Here’s the opening sentence: “The cause of the great War of the Rebellion against the United Status will have to be attributed to slavery.” It can’t be put any more plainly than that, except maybe for “will have to be,” which is ambiguous enough to maybe give Confederacy apologists some wiggle room. 910 more words

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The Death Cure

Today, I went to the final installment of the Maze Runner movies. It feels like it’s been so long since the first one came out that it’s hard to think that this is the end. 718 more words

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My Adventure with "The New Jim Crow"

The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander’s 2010 racial critique of mass incarceration, is back in the news, thanks to a New York Times… 803 more words

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The Bard and The Book(s) of the Month

First of all, ahhh! I had this one all planned out and still I post late. For me it’s only by a few minutes, but it just shows the date for readers. 1,058 more words

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Finding My Ikigai

The other day I finished reading “Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life” by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles. Although it wasn’t a super short read, it was easy. 372 more words


After the War by Alice Adams

After the War by Alice Adams is one of those rare books that defy the bad sequel status.  Ms. Adams seamlessly returns to the town of Pinehill and its colorful residents, all the gossip and speculation clashing with reality, fantasies fueled by emotional inner dialog, secret affairs of which everyone is aware, conversations attributed to no one in particular such as one would overhear at social functions, and she serves it up deliciously as if the reader is a neighbor with privileged insight into everyone’s private and public lives. 146 more words

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