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Featured Reviews

The Story of the Other Wise Man (1896) - Henry Jackson van Dyke  (Grade:A)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957) - Dr. Seuss  (Grade:A-)
The Birds' Christmas Carol (1886) - Kate Douglas Wiggin  (Grade:B+)
A Christmas Classic
A Christmas Carol (1843) - Charles Dickens  (Grade:A+)
The Gift of the Magi () - O. Henry  (Grade:A+)
In God We Trust : All Others Pay Cash (1966) - Jean Shepherd  (Grade:A)
MOVIE REVIEWS:


Winter Light [NattvardsgÅ sterna] (1962) - Ingmar Bergman  (Grade:A-)
About Schmidt (2002) - Alexander Payne  (Grade:A-)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) - John Hughes  (Grade:A-)

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Compass marker 01/23/17:


Derek Walcott (1930-), 1992 Nobel Prize Laureate, was born in Castries, Saint Lucia on January 23, 1930.


Jean-Baptiste "Django" Reinhardt (1910-53) was born in Liberchies, Belgium on January 23, 1910. In 1934 he formed the famous quintet the Hot Club of France with violinist Stephane Grappelli. Dryfoos recommends: Django with his American Friends, especially the 4 cuts he made with Benny Carter and Coleman Hawkins in the mid-30's. Carter provided the arrangements and some nice work on alto and trumpet; Hawkins has a great solo in each of the tunes. Although Django doesn't solo much on these tracks, his distinctive sound and sense of swing absolutely propel the session.


Edouard Manet (1832-) was born in Paris, FR on January 23, 1832.


Happy Birthday to Mark McCormick (January 22)


Lord George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824) was born In London, ENG on January 22, 1788. Brothers Judd recommends Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (1812)


Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter (1885-1949) was born in Mooringsport, LA on January 21, 1885.


David Lynch (1946) was born in Missoula, MT on January 20, 1946. Read Orrin's review of The Straight Story (1999)


Johannes Jensen (1873-1950), the 1944 Nobel Laureate, was born in Farso, DEN on January 20, 1873.


Patricia Highsmith (1921-95) was born in Fort Worth, TX on January 19, 1921. We've reviewed several of her novels.


Paul Cezanne (1839-) was born in Aix-en-Provence, France on January 19, 1839


Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849) was born in Boston, MA on January 19, 1809. Read Orrin's review of The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (1838)(Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849)(Grade: A-)


Robert E. Lee (1807-70) was born in Stratford, VA on January 19, 1807.


A.A. (Alan Alexander) Milne (1882-1956) was born in London, ENG on January 18, 1882. Read Orrin's review of The Red House Mystery (1922)(Grade: C+)


Daniel Webster (1782-1852) was born in Salisbury, NH on January 18, 1782.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-90) was born in on January 17, 1706. He wrote one of the first great books by an American: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin


Charles Brockden Brown (1771-1810) was born in Philadelphia, PA on January 17, 1771. Read Orrin's review of Wieland; or the Transformation: An American Tale (1798)(Grade: A)


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.




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