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The Concept of Anxiety: A Simple Psychologically Oriented Deliberation in View of the Dogmatic Problem of Hereditary Sin (1844) - Søren Aabye Kierkegaard  (Grade:C+)
Who Really Won the Battle of Marathon?: A bold re-appraisal of one of history’s most famous battles (2020) - Constantinos Lagos  (Grade:A)
Life with Bingo (2021) - Jim Black  (Grade:A)
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (A New Verse Translation) (2007) - Simon Armitage  (Grade:A+)
Rock Crystal (1845) - Adalbert Stifter  (Grade:A+)
The Road (2006) - Cormac McCarthy  (Grade:A+)
The Shepherd (1975) - Frederick Forsyth  (Grade:A)
The Children of Men (1992) - P.D. James  (Grade:A+)
A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album (2002) - Ashley Kahn  (Grade:B+)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957) - Dr. Seuss  (Grade:A-)
Dune (1965) - Frank Herbert  (Grade:A+)
The Gift of the Magi () - O. Henry  (Grade:A+)
In God We Trust : All Others Pay Cash (1966) - Jean Shepherd  (Grade:A)
The Greatest Gift: The Original Story That Inspired the Christmas Classic It's a Wonderful Life (1943) - Philip Van Doren Stern  (Grade:B)
Flowers for Algernon (1966) - Daniel Keyes  (Grade:A+)
The Universal Baseball Association, Inc. : J. Henry Waugh, Prop. () - Robert Coover  (Grade:A-)
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea (1997) - Sebastian Junger  (Grade:B-)
MOVIE REVIEWS:


Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) - John Hughes  (Grade:A-)
The Matrix (1999) - Larry Wachowski  (Grade:A)

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Compass marker 12/08/21:


Richard Llewellyn (1906-1983) was born in Wales on December 8, 1906. Read Orrin's review of How Green Was My Valley (1939)(Grade: A+)


Mary Gordon (1949-) was born on Long Island, NY on December 8, 1949.


Elsie Crisler Segar (1894-?), the creator of "Popeye," was born in Chester, IL on December 8, 1894.


James Thurber (1894-1961) was born in Columbus, OH on December 8, 1894. Brothers Judd recommends the Library of America collection: James Thurber: Writings and Drawings and Thurber on Crime (James Thurber 1894-1961)(edited by Robert Lopresti) (Read Orrin's review.)


Ron Hansen was born December 8, 1947. He was raised in Omaha, Nebraska. Read Orrin's review of Mariette in Ecstasy (1991) (Ron Hansen 1947-).


Hervey Allen (1889-1949), author of the epic historical novel Anthony Adverse (1933), was born in Pittsburgh, PA on December 8, 1889.


Willa Cather (1873-1947) was born near Winchester, VA on December 7, 1873. Read Orrin's review of Death Comes to the Archbishop (1927)(Grade: C)


Gunnar Myrdal (1898-1987) was born in Gustafs, Sweden on December 6, 1898.


Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918) was born in New Brunswick, NJ on December 6, 1886. Best remembered for his poem Trees, it seems likely that he is the only poet memorialized by having a Turnpike Rest Area named in his honor.


Walt Disney (1901-66) was born in Chicago, IL on December 5, 1901. Griffin Judd particularly recommends Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).


Calvin Trillin (1935-) was born in Kansas City, MO on December 5, 1935. Brothers Judd recommends his very funny Tummy Trilogy.


Martin Van Buren (1782?1862) was born in Kinderhook, NY on December 5, 1782. He was the first non-Adams not to be reelected President.


George Armstrong Custer (1839-1876) was born in New Rumley, OH on December 5, 1839. Read Orrin's review of The Fatal Environment : The Myth of the Frontier in the Age of Industrialization, 1800-1890 (1985)(Richard Slotkin) (Grade: B-)


Samuel Butler (1835-1902) was born in Nottinghamshire, ENG on December 4, 1835. Read Orrin's review of The Way of All Flesh (1903)


Rainer Maria Rilke was born in Prague on December 4, 1875. The Brothers Judd recommend Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (1910) (Rainer Maria Rilke 1875-1926)(translated by Stephen Mitchell)


Joseph (Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski) Conrad (1857-1924) was born in Berdichev, Poland (now Ukraine) on December 3, 1857. Read Orrin's reviews of Lord Jim (1900)(Grade: B), Heart of Darkness (1902)(Grade: A), & The Secret Agent (1920)(Grade: B)


Nikos Kazantzakis (1885-1957) was born in Iraklion, Crete on December 2, 1885. Read Orrin's review of The Last Temptation of Christ (1960)(Grade: C+)


Rex Stout (1896-1975) was born in Noblesville, IN on December 1, 1896 Read Orrin's review of Fer-de-Lance: A Nero Wolfe Mystery (1934)(Grade: A)


Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910) was born in Florida, MO on November 30, 1835. Read Orrin's review of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) (Grade: A-)


Jacques Barzun (1907-) was born on November 30, 1907. Read Orrin's review of The Culture We Deserve (1989)(Grade : A)




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