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Success

I talked Livia into trying some of Roald Dahl’s books. She liked them. Here’s one of the notes she wrote to let me know.

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Big Data

Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz Grade: B+ In Everybody Lies, the author used Google Trends, Google AdWords, and other sources of Big Data. He … Continue reading

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How I Met My Book: Part II

The last time I wrote about “How I Met My Book,” I talked about some of my favorite inherited books. This time I want to talk about a special variety of book: the unexpected loaner. Sometimes other people get it … Continue reading

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Reaction to Poetry

Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith Grade: none I added Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith to my list of books read in 2019, but it felt almost dishonest to do so. Yes, I did read the entire … Continue reading

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Obsessed With Reading

I go a little overboard on the books sometimes, and it must be an inheritable (or contagious) condition, because Livia has it, too. She picked out dozens of books at the library last night. There was a family leaving the … Continue reading

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Unusual Words

Because one of my favorite books of all time, The Last Legends of Earth by A.A. Attanasio, has such weird words in it, here is an Unusual Words post for you today. tractate: treaty; essay; any book of the Talmud … Continue reading

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Time and the Art of Not Procrastinating

I’ve been working on one of my 30 Must-Read Books, Time and the Art of Living by Robert Grudin. It’s a book on the subject of Time, and it’s a difficult read, as you might expect from a philosophy book … Continue reading

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Reviews and Regrets

OMG, my review killed Mary Oliver! I posted about her book yesterday, giving her a low grade, and today she died. This is why I hate giving low grades. Low grades bring bad news. Mary, I’ve always loved your poems. … Continue reading

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Three Books on Poetry

In my quest to better understand poetry, I read three books on the subject. The first book was Stephen Fry’s The Ode Less Travelled. I’ll tell you the bad news first: the book suffers from what seems to be an … Continue reading

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Books on My Nightstand

20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill Inheritors of the Earth: How Nature Is Thriving in an Age of Extinction by Chris D. Thomas Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith (finished) Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield The Girl … Continue reading

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