Burt Reynolds (February 11, 1936 – September 6, 2018) Nothing can replicate the screen presence of Burt Reynolds, but there are some excellent books available about the acting giant. But Enough About Me by Burt Reynolds and Jon Winokur This memoir, published in 2015, is described as “scandalous, sentimental, no-holds-barred, New York Times bestselling memoir from one of Hollywood’s most enduring and resilient stars.” Burt Reynolds: My Life Published in 1994 by Hyperion, Reynolds admits that he censored … Continued
“And the Wolf chewed up the children and spit out their bones…But those were Foreign Children and it really didn’t matter” An early Dr. Seuss cartoon has gone viral for the second time in recent years. First used as a condemnation against international inaction regarding the crimes against humanity in Syria in 2015, the cartoon has more recently been used to oppose the detention camps on the US-Mexico border, where children are being separated from parents seeking asylum in the … Continued
A Daring Bet, and the Consequences that Fell in the Wrong Place In the late 1850s tensions were rising between the North and the South in the United States, and the South’s desire to hold on to slavery was a key issue in those tensions. Many laws had been made toward the abolition of slavery, including a bill passed in March 2, 1807, that made it illegal to import slaves into the United States after January 1, 1808, or to … Continued
A Case Against Pottermania
My fellow Millennials, everyone else may hate us, but I think we’re great. We survived the Great Recession and are slowly killing many products and institutions that deserve painful deaths. Death to the diamond industry, death to Applebee’s!
So it is with great love, affection, and a heavy heart that I proclaim: Millennials, we need to let go of Harry Potter. (more…)
The zombie apocalypse is not the only way that civilization might come crashing down. Here are some other possible ends, none of which include brain-eating! Well, the Triffids do eat your brains, along with the rest of you, so maybe that counts! (more…)
Stephen J. Gertz, author of the BookTryst blog, has posted an in-depth and fascinating blog post about Marilyn Monroe and her love of books and reading in anticipation of the October 12th publishing date of “Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters by Marilyn Monroe,” edited by Stanley Buchthal and Bernard Comment.
This article provides a great surprise for those of us who bought Marilyn’s “dumb blonde” routine without question. It even includes a full list of the titles on her bookshelves!
Stephen writes, “Her love of books was genuine, and if it seems that she lost no opportunity to be photographed while reading it was only a desperate need to be taken seriously as a human being and as a thinking, intellectually curious, down-to-earth woman with something extra beyond her obvious physical charms that motivated her; she should be forgiven. The magic castle of Hollywood and her image had become a prison and she did what many of the incarcerated do to keep from going insane. She retreated into the private world of books and explored her thoughts and feelings as a diarist and journal-keeper.”
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