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Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights—Eric Marcus

Eric Marcus. Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights. HarperPerrenial, 2002. ISBN: 978-0060933913. Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights is a collection of interviews, beginning with the formation of the Mattachine Society and The Daughter’s of Bilitis, right through…

The Making of Tolkien’s Mythology—Verlyn Flieger

Verlyn Flieger. Interrupted Music: The Making of Tolkien’s Mythlogy. Kent State University Press, 2005. ISBN: This is not the first Verlyn Flieger Tolkien study we’ve reviewed, and I hope it won’t be the last. Interrupted Music is a brilliant study of Tolkien’s mythic creation, with particular emphasis on the role…

J. R. R. Tolkien Encylopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment—Michael Drout, Ed.

Michael Drout, Ed. J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment. (Routledge/Taylor and Francis, 2006). ISBN:978-0415969420. Order Paperback from Amazon The J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment is a very large book, weighing just under 4.5 pounds, with 800 folio size two-column pages, including a list of the forty-six contributors,…

The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition—William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White

Strunk, William Jr. and E. B. White The Elements of Style Longman 4th edition, 1999 ISBN: 978-0205309023 Buy from Amazon Strunk and White is, and was, aimed at English undergraduate essay writers. It began as a small pamphlet that Strunk wrote, printed himself, and gave to his freshman comp and…

On the Reviewing of Books

[I now] suggest some hard-won guidelines for responsible reviewing. For instance: First, as in Hippocrates, do no harm. Second, never stoop to score a point or bite an ankle. Third, always understand that in this symbiosis, you are the parasite. Fourth, look with an open heart and mind at every…

Civil Disobedience, Bibliophile Style

As unemployment rises, municipal tax bases and city budgets fall. That’s meant scores of libraries closing all over the world. In 2009, Philadelphia announced that they were closing all branches of the Philadelphia Free Library. The news of the closing spread, largely via Twitter, Facebook and blogs, and the decision…

War for the Oaks — Emma Bull

Bull, Emma. War for the Oaks. Orb Books, 2001. ISBN: 978-0765300348 Buy from Amazon Buy for Kindle “Urban fantasy” is relatively new as a fantasy sub-genre. Certainly my first exposure to urban fantasy was via the deserved popularity of the Borderlands shared universe. Borderlands created a new genre space for…

Sunshine — Robin McKinley

McKinley, Robin. Sunshine. Berkley Trade, October 2008. ISBN: 0425224015 Buy from Amazon Amazon MP3 CD Audio Book It’s not that any of the Others are really popular, or that it had only been the vampires against us during the Wars. But a big point about vampires is that they are…

The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales — Patrick K. Ford

Ford, Patrick K. The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales. Berkley: University of California Press, 1977. February 2008, second edition. ISBN: 0520253964 Buy from Amazon The mabinogi, as the four branches are probably properly called, are a collection of four interrelated Welsh mythological tales. They consist, in order, of “Pwyll,…

Turtle Cookies

Now that I have reached my “Golden Years”, I look back on the years of raising my three children and one of the things I remember as being very special is being in the kitchen with my girls. They were always in the kitchen with me when I made meals…

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