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Interview: Vickie Lester and Why “It’s in His Kiss”

“Hollywood. The Dream Factory A camera-ready world of fantasy fulfilled, artifice and bone-deep glamour — or a place of dark reality, depthless closets, failed love, false prophets and untimely death. Anne Brown must find where the truth lies. Truth. Lies. It’s in his kiss. Vickie Lester has written the ultimate Hollywood insider murder-mystery with gasp-worthy plot twists and plenty of delicious, naughty moments…”

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Reprise » Muy Bruen

Some years ago, with encouragement by my friends Jen Forbus and Corey Wilde, I finally took the plunge and dived into a novel by author Ken Bruen. I reserve the right to insert…

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Versus AARP’s 10 Essential Boomer Books

If I do anything on this blog, it is to examine the arts, and my history (or angst), with them. I confess, self-absorbed and so typical of this generation. I’ll add my set to the well-known contributors AARP selected for their Essential Boomer picks. First up, Erica Jong takes on the following with her stellar list.

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Reprise – Friday Forgotten Book/Film: FAIL-SAFE

… though Red Alert came out first (and was later the source material for Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant black comedy, Dr. Strangelove), I daresay FAIL-SAFE’s story has held up better in the decades since either book’s initial release. In spite of the fact both were locked into the specific post-WWII military tension, the later novel was more relatable to latter times because of its version in the nightmare scenario. Its basis of a technical glitch I believe rang more true then, and certainly more understandable with folks today, regardless of the passage of time.

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Just for Reference

Arguably the best statistical graphic ever, this chart was created by the French engineer Charles Joseph Minard (1781-1870). It shows the terrible fate that befell the French army in the Patriotic War of 1812 in a combination of data map and time series (originally drawn in 1861).

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