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Quoting the wrong Shakespeare

Everyone quotes Shakespeare and most of the time they don’t know they are doing it. Everyday language is littered with phrases popularized by the Bard in his writing. French presidential candidate François Hollande made a key speech on Sunday and, indeed, quoted Shakespeare, reports the Daily Telegraph. The “universal message” he wished to convey, Mr […]

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Newt Gingrich: author and reviewer

John F Kennedy had Profiles in Courage, Barack Obama had Dreams From my Father and then The Audacity of Hope. Newt Gingrich has written, or co-written, …well….a small library of books, including six novels and at least 15 non-fiction books. The former Speaker of the House of Representatives and Republican frontrunner for the 2012 presidential […]

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Barack Obama goes shopping for books

Barack Obama and family went book shopping on Saturday in Washington DC. I love how this article comments how both his daughters wore jeans – as if what the president’s daughters wear was remotely important. The Obamas bought the following books: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin […]

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Breaking news: poet becomes president of a country

I’m a bit surprised to see so little reaction to the news that a poet, Michael D Higgins, has been elected as the ninth Irish president. Let me repeat that – a man who writes poems is going to be running a country of 4.5 million people. It’s safe to say that the Republic of […]

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American Grown: Michelle Obama’s Vegetable Garden

Michelle Obama has a new book on the way: “American Grown: How the White House Kitchen Garden Inspires Families, Schools, and Communities” will be released in April 2012.

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Signed copies of Dick Cheney’s memoir

Dick Cheney’s memoir, In My Time, is out, reports the Jacket Copy blog. Like George Bush’s book, Decision Points, it’s not my cup of tea but it’s going to do well. “There are gonna be heads exploding all over Washington,” said Dick Cheney to NBC on Monday night. AbeBooks already has some signed copies of […]

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Books for Barack: President Obama’s Summer Reading List

President Barack Obama’s Summer Reading List for 2011.

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Video review of Red Channels

Here’s something from America’s not too distant past. Red Channels was published in 1950 by an anti-Communist group called Counterattack. The book is a blacklist of people who worked in the American media and entertainment industries. Red Channels ‘exposes’ 151 people, including Larry Adler, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, John Garfield, Dashiell Hammett, Lena Horne, Burl […]

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Ghostwritten: Chairman Mao’s Little Red lie?

A literary scandal is brewing in China where millions of Communist readers are shocked at rumours claiming Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book was, in fact, ghostwritten. First we had James Frey and that Oprah debacle, then we were told Three Cups of Tea was actually One Cup of Tea and a lot of exaggeration, and […]

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Video review of Manhunt by James L Swanson

Here’s me again… turning up like a bad penny. This time I am rambling on and reviewing Manhunt by James L. Swanson. Non fiction is my thing and this is the account of how John Wilkes Booth murdered Abraham Lincoln and then managed to escape his pursuers for 12 days. It’s a pretty good book […]

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