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We’re Making Loud Music

Yesterday afternoon, I had the chance to watch a live discussion between Michelle Branch and her fans.  I happen to consider myself a fan of Michelle Branch [1], and like most of the people in the chat I was looking … Continue reading

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Stories, Not Genres

The state of the film industry in Hollywood is, for those who are not aware of it, very poor.  Despite the fact that some very good films come out [1], a lot of films simply do not make the money … Continue reading

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Book Review: Simpler Times

Simpler Times, by Thomas Kinkade with Anne Christian Buchanan I had not seen this particular book on the shelf beside me until the book (along with a puzzle) fell off of the bookshelf into my dirty laundry hamper and startled … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Past We Share

The Past We Share:  An Illustrated History Of The British And American Peoples, edited by Peter Quennell and Alan Hodge This book is so obscure it doesn’t have an ISBN number.  In fact, I can say with some degree of … Continue reading

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Why Does This Exist?

As someone who spends a great deal of time writing reviews about books, movies, and occasionally other products, I often wrestle with the question of why something exists.  When one is dealing with creations, one is led inevitably to questions … Continue reading

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Book Review: Creative Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction:  Researching And Crafting Stories Of Real Life, by Philip Gerard The writer of this book is gives a great deal of thoughtful and personal advice about writing creative nonfiction.  This is the term that has been more or … Continue reading

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Book Review: Beautiful Oops

Beautiful Oops, by Barney Saltzberg I happened to read this book somewhat by accident.  In early October, when I was visiting my CASA kiddo, this happened to be one of the books in the toy chest, and so I read … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mr. Lincoln’s Washington

Mr. Lincoln’s Washington:  A Panorama Of Events In Washington From 1861 To 1865 Taken From Local Newspapers And With Over 250 Illustrations, by Stanley Kimmel I picked up this particular volume because it looked like a quirky Civil War book … Continue reading

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You Can’t Hear It But I Do

One of the funniest memoirs of a music career is So You Wanna Be A Rock ‘N Roll Star by Jacob Slichter, drummer for Semisonic [1].  According to that memoir, the fate of bands and musicians at MCA Records for … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Victorian Home

The Victorian Home:  The Grandeur And Comforts Of The Victorian Era, In Households Past And Present, by Ellen M. Plante I borrowed this book from a friend and when I looked at it, I was struck by the fact that … Continue reading

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