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Idle Scrawl's "Fifty Books That Are Books"

You have to make a list of the 50 books you would have bound and put in a library if ... Keep your lists coming and I might compile a best-of-Idle-Scrawl-commenters reading list. The blog will be spor... read more

Fact-Checking Pottermore's Claim That Witches and Wizards Used Spells to 'Vanish' Their Waste Before Modern Plumbing

Alan Howard, Getty Images On October 5, 1969, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones ... More than 30 million copies of the children’s book have been sold since its original ... read more

Decades Of Economic Perspective Hold Great Value

By recent, I'm referring to the last fifty to one hundred years ... where I detailed some of the thoughts expressed way back then in the book, "A Time For Action", written in 1980 William Simon after ... read more

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Mary Oliver's poem "The Summer Day"

She's won both the Pulitzer Prize (for "American Primitive," 1983)) and the National Book Award (for "New and Selected Poems," 1992). Oliver may be to American poetry in 2015 what a man like Robert Fr... read more


Uganda: Butebo in Shambles - the Station Has Gone to the Dogs

The facility sits on over fifty acres of land that is fenced off. Eighty percent of the land is either idle or being used as farmland by ... He hands me a visitor's book that he has been keeping like ... read more

All the president's guests: Two new books explore White House culture

This book was justly lauded when it was first published ... The situation was tamed somewhat by President Grant and his wife, Julia, who “was bothered by crowds of ‘idle, curious, loungers’ that gathe... read more

‘Here We All Are, and Hooray For Us’

However, this was a celebratory occasion — to join him for the release of his latest book, “Joseph Anton: A Memoir,” in South Kensington. Accompanied by the actors Stephen Fry and Eric Idle ... and he... read more

Steaming up moms' e-readers

It's Fifty Shades of Grey, the sexual-bondage romance novel from first-time author E.L. James, a married British TV executive and mother of two, that's been steaming up e-book readers since ... where ... read more

The Story Is Not Over: When the Native Press Is Strong, So Is Indian Country

Consider how some fifty years ago many tribes were faced with removal in ... were getting a better deal than the rest of the nation. A book, “Indian Treaties: America’s Nightmare,” was sent by the gro... read more

Homophobia: Old problem, new disguise in ‘Love, Simon’

No Fifty Shades here! There is no nudity ... Guy Hocquenghem, one of the first queer theorists, wrote about this in his 1972 book, Homosexual Desire. In the book, he quotes psychoanalyst Sándor Ferenc... read more

50 Things Turning 50 in 2019

Monty Python’s Flying Circus Alan Howard, Getty Images On October 5, 1969, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones ... copies of the children’s book have been sold since its ... read more

Chance Meetings and Their Power to Change Your Life

We are terrified of the notion of losing an hour or two of work time, reading time, movie time, or sleep time, to idle conversation time—or worse ... the hugely rewarding chance to mentor a technology ... read more



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