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Week of Books: March 11, 2011

by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot on March 11, 2011

This week in book news and book reviews: _ _ _ _ A new hotel in Paris that is literary-themed, with prose on the walls and full works on the shelves. _ _ _ _ Hanging book mobiles and sculptures made from the pages of books. _ _ _ _ The Maven of Macabre, Edward […]


Show Me Your Shelves

by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot on March 3, 2011

Welcome to Show Me Your Shelves, in which, unlike the title suggests, you do not send me photos of your breasts, but rather a snap shot of your bookshelves. I will rate your taste, pick out my most and least favorites, comment on any other decorations, and decide whether or not we could be friends […]


4 Ways to Get Through a Book You Don’t Enjoy

by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot on February 24, 2011

I suppose #1 on the list should be Stop Reading the Book You Don’t Enjoy, but we all know that isn’t always possible. Sometimes you just have to get through it, be it for a comp lit seminar, because your new boyfriend gave you his favorite book and can’t wait to discuss the ending with […]

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Rate the Cover: James and the Giant Peach

by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot on February 3, 2011

Since JATGP became standard reading fare in the early ’60s, there have been plenty of illustrations and covers and art students attempt to capture the essence of James and his over-sized fruit to choose from. Three, though, stand out as the most iconic of Dahl’s vision. Little known fact: Roald Dahl’s James and Giant Peach […]


Daily Lesson: Definite Meaning of Common Words

by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot on February 2, 2011

Daily Lesson comes from the annals of my 1913 copy of A First Book of Composition by Briggs and McKinney – a sort of beginners guide to the “collection and organization of material for expression in long themes and by a study of the more essential rhetorical principles.” Today we learn about slang and a […]

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