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? McMurtry, Larry.  Lonesome Dove.  New York: Simon and Schuster, 1985. One of the most prolific American novelists of the postwar period, Larry McMurtry has explored the history and culture of the West from the frontier era to the current period.  He has skillfully spun sequels and prequels from…

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? Manfred, Frederick.  Lord Grizzly.  New York: McGraw, 1954. Frederick Manfred was a giant of a man who had giant literary ambitions that he never quite fulfilled.  But, in the effort, he produced a diverse and very substantial body of work.  For the most part, his fictions explore the…

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The first item is from the Huffington Post. Written by Andy McDonald, it is a fill-in-the-blanks template for the acceptance speeches made by those who win Academy Awards. It is available at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/18/oscar-acceptance-speech-mad-lib-photo_n_6708368.html?ncid=newsltushpmg00000003 It goes a long way toward clarifying why the red-carpet interviews have become almost as interesting…

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Business Insider found an inspiring quotation from each of the presidents. The full item from Business Insider is available at: http://www.businessinsider.com/best-inspirational-quotes-from-us-presidents-2015-2 You will probably be surprised by how often the presidents have emphasized the value of persistence. I have turned that item in Business Insider into a quiz. The…

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James Buchanan Grover Cleveland Martin Van Buren Abraham Lincoln Warren G. Harding Millard Fillmore George Washington James Garfield William Howard Taft Rutherford B. Hayes Chester A. Arthur Andrew Johnson William Henry Harrison Harry S. Truman Benjamin Harrison Lyndon B. Johnson William J. Clinton John Quincy Adams James Monroe Zachary…

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Two days ago, on February 12, New York Times media columnist David Carr died suddenly while at work in the newspaper’s offices. His death received more national attention than it might otherwise have received because it occurred in a week when longtime CBS News journalist Bob Simon died in…

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