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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).

Reblogged » Don Winslow’s Top 5 Crime Novels

Last week, Publishers Weekly got Don Winslow, who as they say has “… had a busy summer. His prequel to Savages, The Kings of Cool, published last month, and the Oliver Stone-directed film based on Savages just hit theaters…”, to share his top 5 favorite crime novels with them.

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