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Book Review: The First Prehistoric Serial Killer And Other Stories

The First Prehistoric Serial Killer And Other Stories, by Teresa Solana One of the thrills of reading good mystery novels (and, as in this case, good short story compilations) is the way that they demonstrate the author’s awareness of a … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Trial Of God

The Trial Of God (As It was Held On February 25, 1649 In Shamgorod):  A Play In Three Acts, by Elie Wiesel One can tell in looking at this book that the author is aiming at a play that hits … Continue reading

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Book Review: Open Heart

Open Heart, by Elie Wiesel As someone who has read a fair amount of the author’s body of work, there is still something poignant about this particular volume, written by the author after having open heart surgery (spoiler alert:  he … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Death Of Caesar

The Death Of Caesar, by Barry Strauss I must admit that I like historical true crimes literature, and this book certainly falls under that category.  As the author is a noted classical scholar and a relatively prolific writer, it is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Little Girl Blue

Little Girl Blue:  The Life Of Karen Carpenter, by Randy L. Schmidt It is easy to see why a story like this could not have been told with the permission and authorization of the surviving members of Karen Carpenter’s family.  … Continue reading

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The Shadow Of The Day Will Embrace The World In Gray

Yesterday, as I was sitting and reading and enjoying my dinner and occasionally looking up to see college football scores, I happened to hear a song that I have not heard for a while on the radio, though it is … Continue reading

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Obituary: Ruth Jane (Matthias) Koontz

Ruth Jane (Matthias) Koontz (1931-2018) This morning, December 25th, 2018, Ruth Jane (Matthias) Koontz of Plant City, Florida died after having been in hospice care for a couple of days.  She had just reached 87 years of age and had … Continue reading

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Book Review: Three One-Act Plays

Three One-Act Plays:  Riverside Drive, Old Saybrook, Central Park West, by Woody Allen In reading the plays of Woody Allen, one has to confront some very unpleasant realities.  For one, there is a certain similarity across the plays of Woody … Continue reading

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Book Review: An Eye For An Eye

An Eye For An Eye:  A Rabbi Daniel Winter Mystery, by Joseph Teluskhin I am somewhat familiar with the author’s writing about Jewish legal interpretation [1] and the problem of anti-semitism, but until I read this novel I was unaware … Continue reading

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Portland Anonymous: Fragment Twenty-One

We are gathered here today in the sort of scene that I don’t think anyone wants to see.  For those of us who knew the man whose life we honor and celebrate today, I think it is clear that he … Continue reading

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