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To my American friends …

… and to everyone who celebrates: It’s been a difficult year for many of us, but I hope you all still have things to be thankful for! And for being my friends and for making a difference in my life, this year perhaps more than ever.

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The History Blog: Merovingian-era settlement excavated in France

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020; 10:54 PM Archaeologists have unearthed a full Merovingian settlement complete with church and burial ground in Pontarlier, eastern France. Grave goods including weapons and jewelry indicate the settlement was a prosperous one, not a sleepy pastoral village. It was strategically located near the village of Pontarlier, formerly the ancient waystation of […]

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The Mystery Blogger Award

  I was nominated by arielaonthego for the Mystery Blogger Award — which came as a complete surprise; thank you so much, Ariela! Rules Display the award logo on your blog. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. Mention Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award . Tell your […]

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Louise Glück: where to start with an extraordinary Nobel winner

Louise Glück: where to start with an extraordinary Nobel winner https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/oct/08/louise-gluck-where-to-start-with-an-extraordinary-nobel-winner — Weiterlesen www.theguardian.com/books/2020/oct/08/louise-gluck-where-to-start-with-an-extraordinary-nobel-winner

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“I feel like a tracker in the forest following a scent.” Louise Glück on how she writes.

“I feel like a tracker in the forest following a scent.” Louise Glück on how she writes. “I feel like a tracker in the forest following a scent.” Louise Glück on how she writes. — Read more at lithub.com/i-feel-like-a-tracker-in-the-forest-following-a-scent-louise-gluck-on-how-she-writes/

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’54 dies | Cornell Chronicle

<Provided Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’54 gives remarks in 2007 during the unveiling of a plaque announcing Cornell Law School’s role in establishing the Center for Documentation on American Law at the Cour de Cassation in Paris.   By Blaine Friedlander  | September 18, 2020 Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’54, whose legal career in the fight for […]

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To my new followers …

I see I’ve picked up a number of new followers since I started sprucing up this blog last month: First of all: Welcome! Up until mid-July 2020, this used to be my backup blog for my online activity, most of which primarily happened on a book blogging site called BookLikes.  That website, alas, took a […]

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BookLikes (and Legimi), is this really all you’ve got?

“The site is live and running again. No other features are planned in the nearest future. The performance will be looked into depending on the problems and the availability of resources. Sorry for any inconvenience.“ Comment on BookLikes’ Facebook page, last night (July 13, 2020).   Sorry, but that just isn’t good enough. Not any […]

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@LA: Thank you so much — it’s beautiful! (As well as perfect for Halloween …)

  Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1937758/la-thank-you-so-much-it-s-beautiful-as-well-as-perfect-for-halloween

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If Muhammad won’t come to the mountain … (the feline version).

While Sunny and Charlie are having great fun helping me pick books for BL-opoly (and enjoying their repeated snack breaks), they’ve had to do without me in their favorite parts of our home a lot lately because I was spending long hours at my desk.  So they decided they needed to check out what exactly […]

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Elephants

  Lynn and MbD had an exchange about elephants on the BL blog post introducing Lynn’s reviewer account: This reminded me of Beryl Markham’s comments on the subject in West With the Night, which FWIW I’ll just render here verbatim: “I suppose, if there were a part of the world in which mastodon still lived, […]

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From Twitter (for the resident Aficionados): Eurovision Acts as Early Modernists

  Hooked up at SAA. Are *that* couple in the reading room. Rare Books, but have no reason to be in there specifically. pic.twitter.com/txBpSEHIOL — Kirsty (@avoiding_bears) May 12, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js   Extremely pure of heart. Works on Shakespeare but doesn’t understand why Shakespeareans can be so mean to one another. Excellent student evaluations. Journals […]

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Victor Gunn: Death in December

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 3 – Armistice / Veterans’ Day Murder at Castle Cloon This novella by Victor Gunn (one of several pseudonyms of Edwy Searles Brooks) also forms the centerpiece of the second British Library Christmas mystery short fiction anthologies edited by Martin Edwards that I read this month (Crimson Snow), […]

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A Cornucopia of Holiday Stories

Turns out I already knew five of the ten stories in this anthology: Ellis Peters’s The Trinity Cat Julian Symons’s The Santa Claus Club Ian Rankin’s No Sanity Clause G.K. Chesterton’s The Dagger With Wings and Marjorie Bowen’s Cambric Tea. So I skipped those (though I do really like the stories by Ellis Peters, Julian […]

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Terry Pratchett: Hogfather — FTB Enabled

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 13 – Hogswatch Night Ponder and his fellow students watched Hex carefully. “It can’t just, you know, stop,” said Adrian ‘Mad Drongo’ Turnipseed. “The ants are just standing still,” said Ponder.  He sighed.  “All right, put the wretched thing back.” Adrian carefully replaced the small fluffy teddy bear […]

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Be good to yourself, they said.

It’ll make you feel better, they said. So this morning, my BFF and I hit the road and drove through this sort of landscape — (note: these are NOT my own photos — I was driving, so I couldn’t take photos at the same time; these do depict places along the way and the sort […]

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Martin Edwards: The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books — Part 1: Chapters 1-5

Reading progress update: 98 of 357 pages. Well, I’ve read chapters 1 through 5, and I suppose this is what it sounds like when you get a walking encyclopedia talking. Even though it’s, in a way, the print equivalent of having your favorite actor reading the phone book, however (which I expected going in — […]

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The view from my desk …

  “Monsieur” (as my mother refers to him) decided last weekend that merely being able to see me from one of his several beds in the corridor while I am working was no longer good enough — he wanted greater proximity.  (Yey for that.)  So he started to experiment with various positions on the rug […]

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REBLOG: The Flat Book Society: 6 more days until our first offical group read!

Reblogged from: Murder by Death Just a reminder that in addition to all the Halloween Book Bingo fun, The Flat Book Society’s first read starts September 1st.   Thankfully, it’s a 60 day read, something I think all us Bingo participants will appreciate. Anyone seeing this for the first time – you’re welcome to join […]

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