Monthly Archives: September, 2013

The Joys and Realities of Escapism

All lovers of books are notorious escapists.  We read and escape the dull realities of our every day lives.  Friday I had posted a very, now that I re-read it, mysterious message about my life being under construction.  It actually was the culmination I knew was coming.  About a month ago we started to hear …

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Oh Helen Fielding How Could You

I adore Colin Firth.  Seriously, the man could sit on a black screen and say nothing and I would think it deserved an award.  It’s a serious crush, to say the least.  Today’s news just has me mourning the death of one of his most beloved characters, Mark Darcy.  So here’s a scene for you …

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Happy Birthday Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel

  On this day in 1928, Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel, the human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize-winning author of more than 50 books, including “Night,” an internationally acclaimed memoir based on his experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, is born in Sighet, Transylvania (present-day Romania). In May 1944, the …

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Huge Announcement Today from Bridget Jones’ Diary Author

  If you’re a Bridget Jones fan, you may want to avert your eyes. The latest installment in author Helen Fielding’s series has readers fuming over a significant plot point. Mr. Darcy is dead. V devastating. Cigarettes, 5. Alcohol consumed: Too much to care. Fans of the world’s most famous singleton have been spinning in …

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Little Women First Published Today

  The first volume of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved children’s book Little Women is published on this day. The novel will become Alcott’s first bestseller and a beloved children’s classic. Like the fictional Jo March, Alcott was the second of four daughters. She was born in Pennsylvania but spent most of her life in Concord, …

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The USS Nautilus Commissioned

  The USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear submarine, is commissioned by the U.S. Navy. The Nautilus, named for Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea creation, was constructed under the direction of U.S. Navy Captain Hyman G. Rickover, a brilliant Russian-born engineer who joined the U.S. atomic program in 1946. In 1947, he was put in charge of …

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Life Under Construction

  100 Classics Challenge will be taking a break today due to some family and life issues that sprung up this morning.  Thank you for your understanding and I will be back as soon as possible.

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Invisible Man Ban Lifted in North Carolina

  This week just happens to be Banned Book Week. It is a time to celebrate those books that stretch society’s norms and test the limit of our thoughts. These books often deal with the darker side of the human experience. One of these books happens to be Ralph Ellison’s classic “Invisible Man”. This book …

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The Rebooted Annie by Will Smith and Jay Z

Today is the first official day of filming on the new Annie, a Will Smith and Jay Z produced modernized musical.  Now, they are calling this a reboot.  While I think that Quvenzhane Wallis is adorable and no doubt will do a fabulous job, I have some issues with this new movie.  First, are there …

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Happy Birthday T.S. Eliot

  On this day, poet T.S. Eliot is born in St. Louis, Missouri. Eliot’s distinguished family tree included an ancestor who arrived in Boston in 1670 and another who founded Washington University in St. Louis. Eliot’s father was a businessman, and his mother was involved in local charities. Eliot took an undergraduate degree at Harvard, …

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