Shakespeare Was Here

Having just finished reading Bill Bryson‘s Shakespeare: The World as Stage, I’m in a sort of Shakespearean reverie. Shakespeare has been part of my life (as he has been in yours) for many years, and Bryson’s book has renewed my interest in a fellow who is so ubiquitous in our culture yet so maddeningly difficult […]

Constantinople Attacked by Crusaders

I finished reading “Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization” by Lars Brownworth. I’m sure that I studied some or perhaps even most of the major events covered in the book while I was in high school or in my History of Western European Civilization class in college, but I am still astounded […]

A Few More Interesting Words

I finished reading “Reading the OED” yesterday. It took much less time for me to read about the reading of the OED than it took the guy to actually read it. I appreciate his gargantuan effort and will be forever indebted to him for doing something I could have never worked up enough gumption to […]

Airlings and Bouffages

I am now reading “Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages.” If you’re not familiar with the initials OED, they stand for Oxford English Dictionary. The OED is one big whopping dictionary. It is also as comprehensive as any lexicon of English words can ever be. The fellow who wrote the book I […]

Strings Everywhere

I’m reading a book titled “The Elegant Universe” by Brian Greene. The book’s subtitle is “Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory.” The book is Greene’s attempt to tell the history of superstring theory, which is (or rather, might be) a Theory of Everything, or T.O.E.  Superstring theory (or string theory) is […]

The Catcher in the Rye

I finished reading, for the first time, J. D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye” this afternoon. I’m not really sure why I hadn’t read the book before. Perhaps it was because it was banned from the reading list during my high school days. I really don’t know if it was banned in my school, […]

The Big Sleep

I finished reading “The Big Sleep” by Raymond Chandler this morning. Despite the title, at no time during my reading of the book did I fall asleep. I never even considered it. It is a classic detective novel, inhabited by a wide range of antagonists including common crooks, greedy extortionists, petty thieves, and insane rich […]

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