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  • This public display of passion drew applause

    Lamberts Downtown Barbecue is now officially a hangout for "bookies". At least, that was the featured author's affectionate designation for those assembled in Lamberts' second floor venue for last Tuesday's "An Evening with Douglas Brinkley ", presented by Texas Book Festival...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-29-2011
  • Have no fear: the underdogs are here

    When we root for the underdog , are we all cheering for the same idea? Besides the cartoon character , I can offer two other models. First, Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines "underdog": loser or predicted loser in a struggle or contest". Compare it to this OxFord English Dictionary characterization...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-22-2011
  • Beware the Ides of March--and creepy geography

    Today is March 15. If Julius Caesar were around, he'd have a new concern of which to beware. It's illustrated by Creepy , which, according to the interview I caught on KUT this past weekend, is a program that anyone could use to track your movements. Creepy aggregates the GPS data encoded in...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-15-2011
  • I bet Walt Disney never had storage issues

    We recently set up a project meant to achieve blockbuster/bestseller status. In reality, it's more like a fairy tale--and not in a good way. Long story short: We bought and assembled special sets for book discussion groups. Named Book Club Carryouts , these 10-volume packages consist of primarily...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-08-2011
  • Unless you're Anne Hathaway, selectivity is essential

    Lessons from this year's Academy Awards: (1) Announcing that the event is young and hip doesn't make it young and hip, and (2) Except for their fame and ownership of jewelry costing more than my house, film stars are just like the rest of us. Presented with a microphone and the object they've...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-01-2011
  • Remedial cooking lessons

    People who think laughter is the best medicine apparently have never had morphine . The pile of get-well cards my husband received offers more nuggets of humor, but that's my favorite. Its brevity also typifies the extent of my concentration lately. We've moved furniture to make way for orthopedic...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-22-2011
  • Light but not lite

    Technically, it isn’t eavesdropping if you’ve attempted to tune it out, right? The hospital waiting room was quiet, though, and one point of the conversation behind me definitely registered. While I’d brought a novel to occupy the hours I’d be sitting there; the ladies stationed behind me had opted for...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-15-2011
  • Read 'em and weep

    Call them "tearjerkers " or " weepers ", but you know what I mean--books that make you cry. Even if you don't admit to enjoying a good three-hankie read, you'll find one of your favorites on someone's shortlist. Anything from A Child Called It to Gone with the Wind to...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-08-2011
  • Stories that turn you inside out

    One should be careful what to wish for this week. Only infrequently do I fondly remember Midwestern weather, but those snowed-in days were wonderful (as long as the power stayed on). A pile-up of the white stuff invites cocooning and simmering vats of soup on the stove. Best of all, one is absolved from...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-31-2011
  • Whether you have one subject or millions

    The King's Speech could be one of the best horror movies ever. King George VI, forced to address audiences of millions despite having a noticeable stutter , surely experienced unimaginable dread before such occasions. The film conveys the terror of the king's predicament; he could clearly foresee...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-23-2011
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