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Fantastic Tales

Beware the dragons. Watch out for the trolls. And always remember that heroes may be hazardous to your health. Not your usual prescription, I grant you. But it’s apparently second nature to Graeme Whiting, an English headmaster who made international … Continue reading

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Learning the Mockingbird’s Song

Opus the Penguin told us this would happen. Back in 1994, the miniseries “Scarlett” was about to hit the airwaves, based on the why’d-they-do-it sequel to “Gone With The Wind.” About a month before it aired, Opus discovered in his … Continue reading

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A Word Out of Place

Who can forget the climax of “Gone With the Wind” when Rhett turned to Scarlett and shockingly, unforgettably told her “My dear, I don’t give a darn?” Or the pages of Shelby Foote’s “The Civil War” where William T. Sherman … Continue reading

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Bringing the Year to Book

With the exception of the Muppet version, my Mom has never really liked “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” It makes sense. Musically, it’s the holiday equivalent of “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.” Logistically, it strikes a little too … Continue reading

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Burning for Bookstores

You don’t tug on Superman’s cape. Everyone knows that. You don’t touch Popeye’s spinach. Or swipe James Bond’s car. Or get scuff marks on Elvis’s blue suede shoes. And if you’re a sensible human being who wants me to keep … Continue reading

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The Book Twice Traveled

Missy leaned in slightly as Harry Potter counted down the seconds to his 11th birthday. “Maybe he’d wake Dudley up just to annoy him,” I read from the side of her mattress. “Three … two … one … BOOM!” At … Continue reading

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Closing the Book

Maybe I should blame Jiminy Cricket. Silly, of course. After all, the Encyclopaedia Britannica had 244 years of history behind it. That’s more than enough to outlast the Disney filmstrips that insisted the word was spelled “E-N-C-Y-C-L-O-P-E-D-I-A.” But it couldn’t … Continue reading

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The Heart of a Bear

It was Mama Bear who gave me my first inkling of how this thing called pregnancy worked. Papa Bear gave me some of my earliest woodland survival lessons – usually by spectacularly screwing up his own efforts. And Brother and … Continue reading

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