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Posted: 10/7/2013 11:52 AM
“However, I would still write even if novels were useless.”
A new study suggests that “after reading literary fiction, as opposed to popular fiction or serious nonfiction, people performed better on tests measuring empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence.” Great news. Although if you change “write”...
Posted: 10/4/2013 10:18 AM
Best William Butler Yeats Joke Ever
+ Fellow Stacked blogger Mel Nezzo rightly suggested we post a link to the following Niehoff Lecturer Bi-Fecta: Robert Pinsky (Niehoff Lecture XIII) on the humor of Seamus Heaney (Niehoff Lecture XXV). Great find, Mel. -Norm De Plume
Posted: 10/2/2013 11:11 AM
Marcella Polini Hazan (1924 – 2013)
The other great lady of cooking died over the weekend at the age of 89. Between them, Marcella and Julia Child improved the daily lives of Americans in the latter half of the twentieth century as much as air conditioning. Or craft beer in the twenty-first....
Posted: 9/30/2013 2:13 PM
Weekend Reading: Families with Demands
The Non-Blogger had read and approved of Lionel Shriver’s Big Brother and we had liked So Much For That enough to have blogged about it at some point, so we grabbed that but then we saw Dissident Gardens which we had read about and heard Jonathan Lethem...
Posted: 9/30/2013 12:04 PM
W.H. Auden, 1904 – 1973
‘In the prison of his days Teach the free man how to praise’ It is a quaint and curious custom to visit the graves of the lofty dead. One did not know this musician or that poet, the honored guest did not choose the stone or the setting, and yet one is...
Posted: 9/29/2013 12:28 PM
“It may be an elegant [word] in Virginia, and even perfectly intelligible; but for our part, all we can do is to guess at its meaning.”
As longtime Stacked readers know, on Fridays we can rarely be bothered to post anything more thoughtful than a link to something vaguely book-related. Today is no exception. So without any further ado, I hereby post the following vaguely book-related...
Posted: 9/27/2013 9:42 AM
“You know, for a company that is out to kill bookstores Amazon really sucks at it.”
Huh. It looks like Amazon isn’t destroying all local bookstores after all. See also: case in point. -Norm De Plume
Posted: 9/26/2013 10:03 AM
Colum McCann at the Mercantile
Colum McCann, National Book Award winner and best-selling novelist, charmed and inspired the audience at the Mercantile Library’s 2013 Modern Novel lecture. His remarks were full of the warmth, wit and storytelling prowess that are — cultural stereotype...
Posted: 9/20/2013 9:30 AM
The Magical P&G Heritage and Archives Tour
Oh the things you will learn in the Proctor and Gamble Archives. Did you know that Ivory soap originally came with a string around it, to make it easy to split in half as a dual-purpose product for kitchen and bath? That Vick’s VapoRub began as the catchy...
Posted: 9/19/2013 11:51 AM
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