Reading

Nella Last’s War

Nella Last’s War, edited by Richard Broad and Suzie Fleming. Subtitle: The Second World War Diaries of Housewife, 49. Mass Observation was a British project begun in 1937 to “create an anthropology of ourselves.” Part of the project involved a few hundred volunteers who kept diaries about their everyday lives and thoughts. One of these … Continue reading »

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And all the rest: February

Stuff I read or watched but didn’t write about (February 2012). Books A Useful Dog, by Donald McCaig. Movies/TV Space: 1999, season 2 (eps 9-48). Swing Kids. Sarah Connor Chronicles, season 2. QB VII. The American President (1995).

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The Dollhouse Murders

The Dollhouse Murders, by Thomas P. Mauriello. Subtitle: A Forensic Expert Investigates 6 Little Crimes. Thomas Mauriello is an expert crime scene investigator and also teaches the subject. In 1992, he saw the “Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death” dioramas, a series of 18 dollhouse miniatures of crime scenes. They were created in the 1940′s by … Continue reading »

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Piled Higher and Deeper # 4

Piled Higher and Deeper. Chapter 4: Academic Stimulus Package, by Jorge Cham. This is the fourth compilation of the online comic strip, Piled Higher and Deeper (“a grad student comic strip”). PHD is one of the best online time sinks. If you’ve ever been in academia or in grad school, particularly if you’ve ever been … Continue reading »

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The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress, by David Walliams. Dennis is a 12-year-old boy whose life has been very boring and lonely since his mother left a couple of years ago. He is bullied by his brother and his father has a “no hugging” rule in the house. The two bright spots in Dennis’ life are … Continue reading »

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Marcelino Pan Y Vino

Marcelino Pan y Vino, by Jose Maria Sanchez-Silva. Marcelino is an orphan who was abandoned as a baby at the doorstep of a small Franciscan monastery. He grows up to be a mischievious little boy who has the run of the monastery. He only place he’s not allowed to visit is the attic. Of course, … Continue reading »

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Dante’s Equation

Dante’s Equation, by Jane Jensen. [Short note this time as I try to catch up on the book write-ups.] This book combines Torah code, cutting-edge physics, Auschwitz, alternate universes, and good and evil to make a neat, far-raging, and exciting adventure. You wouldn’t think such a mix would work so well, but it does. WorldCat … Continue reading »

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A Very Small Farm

A Very Small Farm, by William Paul Winchester. This book won the 1996 Oklahoma Book Award for Non-Fiction. The award’s website describes it thus: “In these pages, Winchester shares his meditations about the life of the small farmer-a life richly experienced. His philosophy, like his lifestyle, is simple and yet profound.” When William Paul Winchester … Continue reading »

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Reading list: Marketing

This month’s reading list is from Terry O’Reilly, an award-winning Canadian advertiser whose Age of Persuasion show ran on CBC Radio from 2008 to 2011. The episodes, about the influence of marketing on most aspects of everyday life, are available on iTunes as a podcast. The show’s CBC website has supporting images and video for … Continue reading »

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WordReference.com

WordReference.com is my favorite online translation site. It has multilingual dictionaries to/from English and Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Czech, Greek, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Arabic. It has very active discussion forums for vocabulary, translation, and grammar for the languages listed above plus Catalan, Latin, Dutch, Hebrew, Greek, Hungarian, Finnish, Tagalog, and … Continue reading »

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