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Featured Reviews

Bruno, Chief of Police: A Mystery of the French Countryside (2007) - Martin Walker  (Grade:A)
The Unseen [De Usynlige] (2013) - Roy Jacobsen  (Grade:A)
On the Abolition of All Political Parties (1943) - Simone Weil  (Grade:F)
The Informer (1925) - Liam O'Flaherty  (Grade:A)
After the Banquet [Utage no Ato] (1960) - Yukio Mishima  (Grade:B)
Alexander the Great: Journey to the End of the Earth (2007) - Norman F. Cantor  (Grade:B-)
'Salem's Lot (1975) - Stephen King  (Grade:C)
A Little Life (2015) - Hanya K Yanagihara   (Grade:C)
Amsterdam (1998) - Ian McEwan  (Grade:C)
The Trojan War : A New History (2006) - Barry Strauss  (Grade:A)
How Democracies Die (2018) - Steven Levitsky   (Grade:C)
We Cast a Shadow (2019) - Maurice Carlos Ruffin  (Grade:C+)
Red Pill (2020) - Hari Kunzru  (Grade:C)
The Children of Men (1992) - P.D. James  (Grade:A+)

M : A City Searches for a Murderer [Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder] (1931) - Fritz Lang   (Grade:A+)
Breaker Morant (1979) - Bruce Beresford  (Grade:A+)

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Compass marker 01/16/21:

William Kennedy (1928-) was born in Albany, NY on January 16, 1928. Read Orrin's review of Ironweed (1983).

Susan Sontag was born in New York, NY on January 16, 1933. Read Orrin's review of Where the Stress Falls (2001).

Gavin Bryars (1943-) was born in Goole, ENG on January 16, 1943. Read Orrin's review of Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet (1993) (Gavin Bryars 1943-)

Robert W. Service (1874-1958) was born in England on January 16, 1874.

Diane Fossey (1932-85) was born in Fairfax, CA on January 16, 1932. Brothers Judd recommends Woman in the Mists: The Story of Dian Fossey and the Mountain Gorillas of Africa (Farley Mowat)

Norman Podhoretz was born in Brooklyn, NY on January 16, 1930. Brothers Judd recommends My Love Affair With America: The Cautionary Tale of a Cheerful Conservative (2000) (Norman Podhoretz 1930-)

Marilyn Horne (1934-) was born in Bradford, PA on January 16, 1934

Jerome Herman "Dizzy" Dean (1911-74) was born in Lucas, AR on January 16, 1911.

Frank Conroy (1936-) was born in New York, NY on January 15, 1936.

Ernest J. Gaines (1933-) was born in Pointe Coupee Parish, LA on January 15, 1933. Read Orrin's review of A Lesson Before Dying (1993)(Grade: A)

The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-68) was born in Atlanta, GA on January 15, 1929. He was named one of the Brothers Judd 10 Greatest Cultural figures of the 20th Century. Read Orrin's review of Dreamer: A Novel (1998)(Charles R. Johnson 1948-) (Grade: C)

Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere (1622-) was baptised on January 15, 1622.

Osip Mandelstam (1891-1938) was born in Warsaw, Poland on January 15, 1891.

Anchee Min (1957-) was born in Shanghai, China on January 14, 1957. Brothers Judd has reviewed several of her books.

John Dos Passos (1896-1970) was born in Chicago, IL on January 14, 1896. Read Orrin's review of The USA Trilogy (1930-36)(Grade: C)

Yukio Mishima [Kimitake Hiraoka] (1925-1970) was born in Tokyo, Japan on January 14, 1925. Read Orrin's review of The Sailor who Fell from the Grace with the Sea (1963)(Grade: C)

Horatio Alger (1834-99) was born in Revere, MA on January 13, 1834. Read Orrin's review of Ragged Dick or, Street Life in New York (1868)(Grade: B)

Albert Lamorisse was born in Paris, France on January 13, 1922. The Brothers Judd recommend his film, The Red Balloon [Le Ballon Rouge] (1956) (directed by Albert Lamorisse 1922-70)

Jay McInerney (1955-) was born on January 13, 1955. Read Orrin's reviews of Bright Lights, Big City (1984)(Grade: A) and Ransom (1985)(Grade: B-)

John Singer Sargent (1856-) was born in Florence, Italy on January 12, 1856.

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