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2015 Books Read

Even I am impressed with how much I read this year. Along the course of the year, occasionally I’d think to myself, “Good job, Sheila, with your Self-Imposed Reading Plan!” I’ve read a lot of new novels (not really my … Continue reading

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The Books: Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, by Ron Chernow

Daily Book Excerpt: Biography Next biography on the biography shelf is Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr., by Ron Chernow When history passes its final verdict on John D. Rockefeller, it may well be that his endowment of … Continue reading

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Snapshots

— Sometimes I look up from what I am doing and I see Hope across the room staring at me, and there is a look of such coiled contempt in her eyes that I want to run fleeing into the … Continue reading

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Snapshots with Wilde bookends

— “Actors are so fortunate. They can choose whether they will appear in tragedy or comedy … But in real life it is different. Most men and women are forced to perform parts for which they have no qualifications.” — … Continue reading

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On the island

— There is only one four-way intersection on the island. No stoplights. The intersection is referred to one and all as “The Four Corners.” “Excuse me, can you tell me where the bank is?” “The Four Corners.” “Got it.” — … Continue reading

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Love Him or Hate Him

Excerpt from Ron Chernow’s magesterial Alexander Hamilton:

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Book Thoughts

Okay, so I haven’t finished a book in … 4 weeks?? 5 weeks?? The last book I finished was, I think, At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien. After that, I started a couple of different books (I have different needs … … Continue reading

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Finally, Hamilton

I have started to read Ron Chernow’s massive biography of Alexander Hamilton. Kind of amazing I haven’t read it yet – seeing as I’m rather insane – but I had just read Willard Sterne Randall’s Alexander Hamilton: A Life when … Continue reading

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It never ceases to amaze me …

the kindness and generosity, in general, of human beings. Sure, people can be selfish shits, so can I … but the evidence of goodness in people, for me, has a longer-lasting impact, makes more of an impression. This is obviously … Continue reading

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“Our prevailing passions are ambition and interest”

I am tearing through the biography of Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow at breakneck speed. At this point in the book, Hamilton has teamed up with Jay and Madison, after the Constitutional wrangling in Philadelphia, a divisive and vicious process … Continue reading

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