'I Plunged'

January 9: "My body whispered: 'You cannot possibly swim five miles in such a current,' but Inspiration shouted: 'This is the Hellespont….' "

 

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Science over Sex

January 8: "I have sold more books on physics than Madonna has on sex."

 

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Adipose Nation

January 7: "We have the distinction of having become the fattest major nation in the history of the world and, with each passing year, we are becoming noticeably fatter."

 

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Soul Machines?

January 6: "There are people building computers to emulate the brain and who believe in theory that a computer can be achieved that has consciousness."

 

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Raintree's Tragic Ending

January 4: "Of names upon the land, the fragments of forgotten language. Of beauty risen from the river and seen through rushes at the river's edge."

 

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Locavores of Middle-Earth

January 3: "Nowadays, the average food item on our grocery store shelves travels up to fifteen hundred miles before it gets there. That's just about the distance from Hobbiton to Mount Doom."

 

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Mendele the Book Peddler

January 2: "Make a pledge, sell your wife's little jewelry and buy a cart, pack it with books and go out into the world."

 

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The Golden Door

January 1: "We got to New York; we were so elated. We were so happy. We weren't screaming. The elation came from the heart."

 

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Beer & Beneficence

December 31: "... I told them how nothing they have read about Microsoft or Google compares with the way an Irish beer company cared for people when their grandparents were still young."

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'Mad Monk' Revisited

December 30: "Was he a man of God or just a crafty manipulator?... What was the secret of his appeal to women?"

 

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Solzhenitsyn’s Mission

December 28: "I have fulfilled my duty to those who perished. The truth about all this was doomed to perish -- they had tried to stifle it..."

 

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Mystery of Mysteries

December 27: "[W]e seem to be brought somewhat near to that great fact -- that mystery of mysteries -- the first appearance of new beings on this earth."

 

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Inanimate Subjects

December 26: "I leave my story at a point of disturbing symmetry: we seem determined to give human qualities to objects and content to treat each other as things."

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After the Fall

December 25: "The mighty Soviet army relinquishes an empire of subject republics without firing a shot."

 

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Wilde & the Scribes

December 24: "Who are these scribes who...sway with such serene incapacity the office which they so lately swept?"

 

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Art & Grace

December 23: "To me, what men and women can do with their hands and heads is often as beautiful as mountains and can be more so."

 

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Cryptic Craze

December 21: "Naturally, with this hobby in common, the young people saw a great deal of one another; for George was always looking in at the vicarage to ask her if she knew a word of seven letters..."

 

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Bayou Bargain

December 20: "Our confederacy must be viewed as the nest from which all America, North & South is to be peopled..."

 

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Lonely Victory

December 19: "I am at the lowest beatest ebb of my life, trapped by the police, 'retained in dismal places,' scorned and 'cheated' by my friends..."

 

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Winds of Change

December 18: "Religion, not nationalism or Arabism, is now the dominant force. God has returned to the Middle East."

 

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Saved by Scrooge

December 17: 'I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour..."

 

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Have You Heard...?

December 16: "Daphne: My dear Mrs Humbug how d'ye do? Oh! Fanny t'is all over."

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Maternity News

December 14: "I took my coffee into the dining room and settled down with the morning paper. A woman in New York had had twins in a taxi."

 

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Unpaid Debts

December 13: "When God sees us in this condition, he will rescue us from the infidel and the enemy."

 

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Birth of a Nation

December 12: "As the final bars of the British national anthem echoed around the arena, the Union flag was lowered."

 

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Ticking Away

December 11:  "Unfortunately, nature and the laws of physics cannot compromise -- they are what they are."

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Soul on Fire

December 10: "I had no Monarch in my life, and cannot rule myself, and when I try to organize -- my little Force explodes..."

 

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Anarchist Patriarch

December 9: "Idlers do not make history: they suffer it!"

 

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'Unknown' but Unforgotten

December 7: "He believed that once these graves were properly marked, then the Unknowns' former [shipmates] might visit them to lay flowers and pay their respects."

 

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Death of a Dream

December 6: "I watched him plant a weeping willow in the backyard. It seemed to symbolize his sorrow for the direction our country had taken."

 

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Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.