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Archive for January, 2007

Must-See Movie #3 — The Gold Rush (1925)

Charles Chaplin …. Director Charles Chaplin ….  The Lone Prospector Mack Swain ….  Big Jim McKay Tom Murray ….  Black Larsen Henry Bergman ….  Hank Curtis Malcolm Waite ….  Jack Cameron Georgia Hale ….  Georgia Plot in a Nutshell The Little Tramp, a character Chaplin plays in several of his films, searches for gold in […]

This Week In Books, January 21 – 27

There was a lot going on this week in Carp 500 history, and there were a number of birthdays, so I’ll get right to it. On January 23, 1941, Charles Lindbergh urged Congress to negotiate a neutrality pact with Hitler.  Oops.  This, along with other revelations about his thoughts about Jews, nearly destroyed a once sterling reputation.  Subsequent […]

Lake Superior State University 2007 List of Banished Words

GITMO — The US military’s shorthand for a base in Cuba drives a wedge wider than a split infinitive. “When did the notorious Guantanamo Bay Naval Base change to ‘Gitmo,’ a word that conjures up an image of a fluffy and sweet character from a Japanese anime show?” — Marcus W., St. Louis, Missouri. COMBINED […]

Nero Link

Hey – my review on A&E's A Nero Wolfe Mystery on December 6th on Carp has been linked to on IMDB here. (I have no idea how? Somebody told me about it.) Just thought that was cool that Carp is linked to from IMDB.

This Week In Books, January 14 – 20

Finally, after a couple boring weeks, there are some interesting things to talk about this week in Carp 500 history.  At least I thought these things were interesting.  Hopefully, you’ll feel the same way. On January 14, 1894, Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness) returned to London to take up writing after a long career at sea. January […]

Must-See Movie #2 — Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Director …. Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones Graham Chapman …. King Arthur/Voice of God/Middle Head/Hiccoughing Guard John Cleese …. Second Swallow-Savvy Guard/The Black Knight/Peasant #3/Sir Lancelot, the Brave/Taunting French Guard/Tim the Enchanter Eric Idle …. Dead Collector/Peasant #1/Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir Launcelot/First Swamp Castle Guard/Concorde/Roger the Shrubber/Brother Maynard Terry Gilliam …. Patsy/Green Knight/Old Man/Sir Bors/Animator […]

This Week In Books, January 7 – 13

Either cold weather is bad for writing or all our authors were watching the NFL playoffs, because almost nothing happened this week in Carp 500 history.  But one of the things that did happen was, many argue, the main factor in building momentum for the American Revolution – no small thing. On January 9, 1776, […]

January Kid’s Book

My pick for January is “Edward the Emu” by Sheena Knowles and illustrated by Rod Clement.  Edward, zoo resident, decides his life as an emu is boring.  He decides the seals next door are more exciting, so he moves to their place and becomes a seal, until he hears a visitor say the lions are […]

Final Jeopardy

Today's Final Jeopardy! was Literary Titles. Do you know the answer (Question, really!)? This 1954 book title refers to an impaled sow's head, an offering to "the beast."

Famous Quote Quiz

We read, not just for entertainment, but to learn stuff, right? Let’s see how we do. Here is a list of famous quotes in U.S. history. Can you identify the person who said each of them and, to impress the rest of us even more, give the circumstances. (Please, no cheating!) The only thing we […]