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The obituaries for Omar Sharif have understandably focused on his performances in Lawrence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago. Over his long career, Sharif may not have done quite enough films, whether notable or not, to stand as one of the greatest actors of the 20th century, but very few…

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Bloch, Robert.  Psycho.  New York: Simon and Schuster, 1959. The enduring popularity of Alfred Hitchcock’s film adaptation has insured that Psycho will remain the novvel with which Robert Bloch is most identified.  Much of the substantial body of work that Bloch produced belongs to the horror genre and other…

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Ball, John.  In the Heat of the Night.  New York: Harper, 1965. John Ball’s most memorable creation, the African-American police detective Virgil Tibbs, was the protagonist of six novels and five films, most of which were not based on Ball’s novels.  In the Heat of the Night, the first…

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Today, the Academy of American Poets distributed the e. e. cummings poem “my father moved through dooms of love” as its poem-a-day daily e-mail. Here are the opening stanzas of this poem, which becomes more comprehensible, I think, as we ourselves age, as our fathers pass away, and as…

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Or are our florists trying just a little too hard to transform every day into an occasion on which to give flowers? ? ? ? ? ?

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Wister, Owen.  The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains.  New York: Macmillan, 1902. Born into an affluent Eastern family, Owen Wister had a varied and successful literary career, producing novels, short fiction, plays, poetry, essays, and nonfiction books.  Today, however, he is best known for one novel, The Virginian,…

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It has been a while since I made the initial post in what I intended to become a series. These are not headlines from The Onion or another satiric site. They are, instead, simply very clever, unusual, or sometimes tortured headlines from actual news stories: ? Back, with New…

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