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Bambi: A Life in the Woods (1923) - Felix Salten  (Grade:A)
The Long Night Of The Watchman: Essays 1977-1989 (2018) - Vaclav Benda  (Grade:A-)
Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics (2008) - Jonathan Wilson  (Grade:A-)
Where Men Hide (2006) - James B. Twitchell  (Grade:B)
The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag (2000) - Kang Chol-Hwan  (Grade:A)
The Anatomy of Fascism (2004) - Robert O. Paxton  (Grade:B-)
Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis, Jr. (1965) - Burt Boyar  (Grade:A+)
The Conservative Mind: from Burke to Eliot (1953) - Russell Kirk  (Grade:A+)
The True Believer : Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (1951) - Eric Hoffer  (Grade:A)
American Pastoral (1997) - Phillip Roth  (Grade:B+)
The Man Without a Country (1863) - Edward Everett Hale  (Grade:A+)
The Killer Angels (1974) - Michael Shaara  (Grade:A+)
MOVIE REVIEWS:


The Game of Their Lives (Miracle Match) (2005) - David Anspaugh  (Grade:C+)
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) - Leo McCarey  (Grade:A)
Grand Illusion [La Grande Illusion] (1937) - Jean Renoir  (Grade:A+)
The Apostle (1997) - Robert Duvall  (Grade:A)

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Compass marker 07/19/18:


Thomas S. Kuhn (1922-96) was born on July 18, 1922. Read Orrin's review of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962)(Grade: A)


Hunter S. Thompson (1939) was born in Louisville, KY on July 18, 1937


Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970) was born in Malden, MA on July 17, 1889. Read Orrin's review of The Case of the Baited Hook (1940)(Grade: B+)


The Assault [El Asalto] (1990) (Reinaldo Arenas 1943-90) (translated by Andrew Hurley) Reinaldo Arenas (1943-90) was born in Holguín, Cuba on July 16, 1943.


Rembrandt Harmensz (or Harmenszoon) van Rijn (1606-1669) was born in Leiden, The Netherlands on July 15, 1606.


The Virginian : A Horseman Of The Plains (1902)(Owen Wister 1860-1938) Owen Wister (1860-1938) was born in Philadelphia, PA on July 14, 1860


Christopher McKenzie Priest (1943-) was born in Cheshire, ENG on July 14, 1943. Read Orrin's review of The Prestige (1995) (Grade: A)


July 14 is Bastille Day, comemorating the 1789 storming of the hated French prison wherein seven feeble maniacs were set free. Read Orrin's review of The Old Regime and the French Revolution (1856)(Alexis De Tocqueville 1805-59)(Grade: B+)


The Burden of Memory, the Muse of Forgiveness (1999)(Wole Soyinka 1934-) Mr. Soyinka, who was born on July 13, 1934, at Abeokuta near Ibadan in the British colony of Nigeria.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-62) was born in Concord, MA on July 12, 1817. One of the leaders of the American Transcendentalists movement, his two greatest works are Waldenand Civil Disobedience. He once actually said: Simplify, simplify.


R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) was born in Milton, MA on July 12, 1895. His most memorable creation was the geodesic dome "a system of interlocking triangles that enclosed the maximum volume of space with the minimum of materials."


Marcel Proust (1871-1922) was born in Auteuil, FR on July 10, 1871.


John Calvin (1509-64) was born in Noyon, France, on July 10, 1509. His religious views are presented in The Institutes of the Christian Religion (1536)


James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) was born in Lowell, MA on July 10, 1834. There's a nce selection of his work online at Art Masterpieces


Arthur Robert Ashe Jr. (1943-93) was born in Richmond, VA on July 10, 1943. Read Orrin's reviews of Days of Grace: A Memoir (1993)(Arthur Ashe 1943-1993 and Arnold Rampersad) (Grade: B) and Levels of the Game (1969)(John McPhee 1931-) (Grade: A)


Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936) was born in Chicago, IL on July 10, 1867. Read our review of Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War (1898).


Alec Waugh (1898-1981) was born in Hampstead, ENG on July 8, 1898.


Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige (1906?-1982) was theoretically born in Mobile, AL on July 7, 1906. A Negro League legend, he pitched effectively in the Major Leagues in his late 40's & even in his 50's.


John Paul Jones (1747-92) was born in Arbigland, Kirkbean, Kirkcudbright, Scotland on July 6, 1747. He is best remembered for the immortal line: I have not yet begun to fight!


Nancy Davis Reagan (1923-) was born in New York, NY on July 6, 1923. Our prayers are with her as she nurses the great man down the home stretch.




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