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Archive for March, 2007

Jane Austen Gets A Makeover

Austen ‘too ugly’ for book cover    The book cover shows Austen without her night-cap Novelist Jane Austen has been given a makeover for the cover of a book about her life after publishers decided an original image of her was unattractive. “She was not much of a looker,” said Helen Trayler, managing director of […]

Must-See Movie #7 — Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Director … Stanley Kubrick Peter Sellers … Group Captain Lionel Mandrake/President Merkin Muffley/Dr. Strangelove George C. Scott …  Gen. ‘Buck’ Turgidson Sterling Hayden …  Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper Keenan Wynn …  Col. ‘Bat’ Guano Slim Pickens …  Maj. T.J. ‘King’ Kong Peter Bull …  Russian Ambassador Alexi de Sadesky James Earl Jones …  Lt. Lothar […]

These Weeks In Books, March 18 – 31

Due to some scheduling conflicts, this weekly feature won’t be quite so weekly this month.  I’ll be doing a double feature for the next couple installments.  I don’t know if that means they’ll be twice as interesting or twice as tedious.  But they will be twice as long. On March 20, 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s […]

What Kind of Reader Are You?

I guess this isn’t too much of a surprise. How about you? What Kind of Reader Are You?  Your Result: Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm You’re probably in the final stages of a Ph.D. or otherwise finding a way to make your living out of reading. You are one of the literati. Other people’s grammatical mistakes make you […]

This Week In Books, March 11 – 17

If this was a drinking group, I’d say we should all raise a mug to this week in Carp 500 history.  Read on to see why. On March 11, 1818, Mary Shelley’s FrankenSTEIN was published. March 14, 1879: EinSTEIN was born.  His captivating Relativity: The Special and General Theory didn’t quite make the list, but it […]

Must-See Movie #6 — Rear Window (1954)

Director …. Alfred Hitchcock James Stewart …. L. B. ‘Jeff’ Jeffries Grace Kelly …. Lisa Carol Fremont Wendell Corey …. Lt. Thomas J. Doyle Thelma Ritter …. Stella Raymond Burr …. Lars Thorwald Judith Evelyn …. Miss Lonelyheart Ross Bagdasarian …. Songwriter Georgine Darcy …. Miss Torso (the ballet dancer) Irene Winston …. Mrs. Anna […]

This Week In Books, March 4 – 10

I planned on starting with that lame old joke about the date Washington (Carp 500 author) sent his troops against the British, but there was already enough happening on March 4th (get it??) that I don’t have to resort to such awful humor.  On March 4th, 1837, Chicago was incorporated.  You can mark the occasion by reading […]

Daily Dose of a Classic

Tip of the Day: On Dailylit.com you can sign up to receive daily portions of classics. For instance, David Copperfield will be sent to you in 447 parts… but just think of it – in a year and a month you'll have finished it with hardly any pain at all! Rene Descartes' Discours de la […]

March Kid’s Book

For March’s kid’s book, I picked a cool little board book named, “A Little Bit of Soul Food” written by Amy Wilson Sanger. The simple rhyming text describes a variety of delicious traditional “soul food”. Being raised in the south, this is what I grew up on and it reminds me a lot of my […]

This Week In Books, February 25 – March 3

This was a very active week in history for the Carp 500, and including Leap Year events this is the longest week of the year.  There was so much to choose from, I had to delete a few items.  Eight days this week was not enough to… I was going to try a clever parody of […]