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Oh, Anne…

I usually try to avoid wallowing in controversy, and frankly, Anne Rice’s rabid fans can be frightening, but here goes… Anne Rice went postal on her reviewers for Blood Canticle at Amazon. Since you have to scroll down to find her review, I’ll save you some time. Here it is, in its entirety, following a five-star rating for her own ... Read More »

Mychael Danna, Jeff Danna – A Celtic Tale: The Legend of Deirdre

If at times this CD reminds one of a movie soundtrack, there is good reason. Mychael Danna has scored major motion pictures such as Vanity Fair, Bounce, and Girl, Interrupted, and brother Jeff Danna has scored A Wrinkle in Time, Resident Evil: Apocalypse and O. A Celtic Tale, inspired by the Irish legend of Deirdre of the Sorrows, is a ... Read More »

Book Review: Girl in Hyacinth Blue – by Susan Vreeland

To say that Susan Vreeland is just inspired by art wouldn’t be right. It’s true, but she also inspires the reader through language, vividly creating the art and bringing new meaning to the old cliché that a picture paints a thousand words. Girl in Hyacinth Blue is the story of a painting. Not so much the painting itself, but the ... Read More »

Book Review: The Bean Trees – by Barbara Kingsolver

I picked up The Bean Trees on the morning on July 26 of this year and finished it by 11:00 P.M. that night. I do not read fast. In fact, I’m a pretty slow reader. I think I learned to read slowly because I tend to savor the words. I can read more quickly, if I have to, but I ... Read More »

Founding Brothers

Strolling through the library shelves, I found this double-DVD and remembered I had wanted to see it when the History Channel originally broadcast it. For that reason, along with the added benefit that I might learn something of use to pass on to my students when I teach Revolutionary Literature in a week or so, I borrowed Founding Brothers, the ... Read More »

Book Review: Girl with a Pearl Earring – by Tracy Chevalier

I have just finished Tracy Chevalier’s book Girl with a Pearl Earring, inspired by the mysterious muse of Johannes Vermeer’s painting of the same name. Before I read Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland and Girl with a Pearl Earring, I knew nothing about the Dutch painter Vermeer. I can’t claim I know any more of him now, except ... Read More »

Book Review: The Rule of Four – by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason

At the end of the Author’s Note, Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason state that they are “deeply indebted to those two [Italian Renaissance and Princeton] settings of the the mind.” In the end, I think this book was more about its setting at Princeton than anything else. The setting overwhelmed the plot. I think The Rule of Four suffers from ... Read More »