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Shakespeare died a nobody, then got famous by accident

July 19, 2017 1 comment

Nicholas C. Rossis

Shakespeare's First Folio | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Christie’s Director of Books & Manuscripts Thomas Venning holding Shakespeare’s first folio
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With April 23 marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, few will remember that his lasting fame almost did not happen. A brilliant post by the New York Times explains how that came about.

Shakespeare was born in 1564 and died in 1616 on his 52nd birthday. A celebrated writer and actor who had performed for Queen Elizabeth and King James, he wrote approximately 39 plays and composed five long poems and 154 sonnets. However, by the time of his death, he had retired and was considered past his prime.

By the 1620s, his plays were no longer being performed in theaters. On the day he died, no one — not even Shakespeare himself — believed that his works would last, that he was a genius or that future generations…

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Book Review: Snatched

July 14, 2017 Leave a comment

A good mystery with plenty of twists, off-beat characters and a comic undertone. It felt, at times, like watching a classic Three Stooges hallway scene with Larry, Moe and Curly popping in and out of doors. More Janet Evanovich than Coen Brothers, but still a fun read. (4 of 5 Stars)

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Ray of Light

July 5, 2017 Leave a comment

My OBT

Ray Vincent

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Signs of the Times

June 28, 2017 Leave a comment

Mitch Teemley

signs-join-us-unless-youre-doing-something-importantJoin us, if you’re not busy doing something “important.”

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Well, yeah.

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Sarcastic. But kinda, um, true.

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This explains a lot.

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If y’all see someone doin’ this…tell ’em they’re hiring at Burger King.

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Now they tell us!

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Accidental editorial?

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Guidelines for the Zombie Apocalype.signs-things-i-hate

Oh, and one more thing…

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Life is one big road with lots of signs

So when you’re riding through the ruts

Don’t complicate your mind

Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy

Don’t bury your thoughts

Put your vision to reality

Wake up and live!

~Bob Marley

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Book Review: The Sun Also Rises

June 23, 2017 Leave a comment

I cracked open The Sun Also Rises again on a whim, after listening to a podcast about the story behind Hemingway’s writing of the classic. I kinda wish I hadn’t. If this band of un-merry drinkers were Millennials instead of the “Lost Generation,” I’d no doubt find their Facebook pages insufferable. Some stones are meant to be unturned and some old favorites not to be reread. (2 of 5 Stars)

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Chivalry Amongst Enemies

June 21, 2017 Leave a comment

Aviation Trails

On December 20th 1943, high above war-torn Europe, the lives of a Luftwaffe fighter pilot and the crew of an American B-17 would collide in an event that has become famous around the aviation world.

On that day, a B-17, “Ye Olde Pub“, of the 379th BG based at RAF Kimbolton (USAAF Station 117) , would be so severely damaged it would defy the laws of gravity and somehow remain airborne as it departed Bremen, Germany, having valiantly carried out its mission. In the skies over the freezing waters of the North Sea, the bomber hanging by a thread, with two engines out, all but one of its guns but the top turret empty or frozen, its rudder and left horizontal stabiliser torn to pieces, a dead crew member and several others wounded;  “The Pub”, as its crew affectionately nicknamed her, seemed destined to fall from the skies…

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Book Review: Jesse Garon

June 16, 2017 Leave a comment

Great premise for a mystery — searching for Elvis’s twin brother, instead of The King. (Spoiler alert: no 7-Elevens in Kalamazoo, Michigan figure in this story.) I liked the main character, Phil Allman, but, frankly, “Cinderella Story” endings ain’t really a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich for me, but, hey, I’m not a fascist or an antifa. Since there are no half stars, I rounded up.  (4 of 5 Stars)

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