Category: Books

January 16, 2023

Opiumsongs URL Shortener

Opiumsongs URL Shortener The bookmarklet Add this to your bookmarks or drag it to your bookmarks bar to quickly access shortening functions. Shorten This bookmarklet takes the page URL and title and opens a new tab, where you can fill out a CAPTCHA. If you […]

January 15, 2023

Behind the Mask

Behind the Mask Artists Rights Society (ARS)/Pro Litteris/MoMA Méret Oppenheim: Hm-Hm, 1969 Butterflies recur in Méret Oppenheim’s art: the many-eyed face at the top of her 1969 assemblage of painted canvas and carved wood, Hm-hm, its “nose” a shaped piece of bark; the tiny wings […]

January 14, 2023

A New Flame for Black Fire

A New Flame for Black Fire I got a real break in 1963. I’d been living in New York for a year and had just moved from a rooming house on St. Mark’s Place to an apartment on East Sixth Street, across from Tompkins Square […]

January 14, 2023

Man About the House

Man About the House Democrats could be forgiven for experiencing some schadenfreude during Kevin McCarthy’s chaotic, protracted election as Speaker of the House, but in an essay from the January 19, 2023, issue of the Review, Alexander Burns argues that relying on Republican dysfunction is […]

January 12, 2023

I’m Sticking with You Too by Smriti Prasadam-Halls

I’m Sticking with You Too by Smriti Prasadam-Halls Published: 7th September 2022Publisher: Simon Schuster Children’s UKIllustrator: Sam SmallPages: 40Format: Picture Book★   ★   ★  – 3 Stars Much-loved characters Bear and Squirrel are back! And they’ve found the perfect rhythm for their friendship. Until, that is, Chicken […]

January 11, 2023

Reconstructing Ukraine

Reconstructing Ukraine It is not well understood how heavily the shadow of the violent breakup of Yugoslavia hangs over Ukraine. Vladimir Putin and his allies frequently cite the case of Kosovo, which was once Serbia’s southern province and declared independence in 2008, as a precedent […]

January 10, 2023

A Great Variety of Selves

A Great Variety of Selves Late one night toward the end of September 1927, wavering between consciousness and sleep, Virginia Woolf came up with an idea for a book: to sketch, “like a grand historical picture, the outlines of all my friends.” The next morning, […]

January 10, 2023

The Blood of an Englishman (#25) by M. C. Beaton

The Blood of an Englishman (#25) by M. C. Beaton Published: 16th September 2014 (print)/11 February 2016 (audio) Publisher: Minotaur Books /AudiblePages: 294/6 hrs and 18 minsNarrator: Penelope KeithFormat: AudiobookGenre: Cosy Mystery★   ★  – 2 Stars Even though Agatha Raisin loathes amateur dramatics, her friend […]

January 10, 2023

Dishing the Dirt (#26) by M. C. Beaton

Dishing the Dirt (#26) by M. C. Beaton Published: 14th September 2015 (print)/11 February 2016 (audio) Publisher: Minotaur Books /AudiblePages: 304/6 hrs and 29 minsNarrator: Penelope KeithFormat: AudiobookGenre: Cosy Mystery★  – 1 Star A therapist had moved into the village of Carsely and Agatha Raisin hates […]

January 10, 2023

2023

2023 As a whole 2022 wasn’t the great success I have had in the past. I completely forgot to do my Book Bingo – not even as in I forgot to keep track like before, more like I didn’t even make it in the first […]

January 10, 2023

I’m Sticking with You by Smriti Prasadam-Halls

I’m Sticking with You by Smriti Prasadam-Halls Published: 5th May 2020Publisher: Henry Holt & CompanyIllustrator: Sam SmallPages: 40Format: Picture Book★   ★   ★  – 3 Stars Bear and Squirrel are best friends. Wherever Squirrel goes, Bear follows. Bear vows to stick with Squirrel whether he’s grumpy, or […]