Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million (2002) - Martin Amis (Grade:C+)
The Pedestrian (1951) - Ray Bradbury (Grade:B+)
The Cloudspotter's Guide: The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds (2006) - Gavin Pretor-Pinney (Grade:A+)
The Road (2006) - Cormac McCarthy (Grade:A+)
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (2006) - Max Michael Brooks (Grade:A)
The Children of Men (1992) - P.D. James (Grade:A+)
Solaris (1961) - Stanislaw Herman Lem (Grade:B+)
I Am Legend (1954) - Richard Matheson (Grade:B)
Planet of the Apes (1963) - Pierre Boulle (Grade:A-)
It Happens Every Spring (1949) - Lloyd Bacon (Grade:B)
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James Earl Ray assassinated the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, TN. Gerald Posner disproves all of the ridiculous conspiracy theories surrounding the killing in his excellent book Killing the Dream(Read Orrin's review, Grade: B)
Muddy Waters [McKinley Morganfield](1915-) was born in Rolling Fork, MS on April 4, 1915.
Ma Rainey [Gertrude Pridgett](1886-1939), "The Mother of the Blues", was born in Columbus, GA on April 3, 1888.
The great folklorist Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was born in Odense, Denmark on April 2, 1805
Emile Zola (1840-) was born in Paris, FR on April 2, 1840. Brothers Judd recommends his novel Germinal (1885)
Whittaker Chambers (1901-61) was born Jay Vivian Chambers in Philadelphia, PA on April 1, 1901. His long strange journey [brilliantly told in Sam Tanenhaus' prize winning Whittaker Chambers: A Biography (Read Orrin's review, Grade: A)] stands as an allegory of 20th Century man and his own memoir, Witness (1952) (read Orrin's review, Grade : A+), is one of the great books of this or any century. See also Orrin's review of Ghosts on the Roof: Selected Journalism of Whittaker Chambers 1931-1959 (1989) (Whittaker Chambers 1901-61)(edited by Terry Teachout) (Grade: A)
Milan Kundera (1929-) was born in Brno, CZ on April 1, 1929. Brothers Judd recommends The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984).
Toshiro Mifune (1920-97) was born in Tsingtao, China on April 1, 1920. As John Wayne was to John Ford, so was Mifune to Akira Kurosawa. Brothers Judd recommends their collaborations: Rashomon (1950), The Seven Samurai (1954), Throne of Blood (1957), The Hidden Fortress (1958) and Yojimbo (1961). Mifune also starred in an excellent series of films based on the life of Musashi Miyamoto [see Orrin's review of A Book of Five Rings (1645)(Miyamoto Musashi 1584-1645) (Grade: C+)]
Ted Post (1918-) was born in Brooklyn, NY on March 31, 1918. Brothers Judd recommends Hang 'em High (1967) (directed by Ted Post 1918-)
Edward FitzGerald (1809-83) was born on March 31, 1809. Read Orrin's review of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (1859)(Grade: C)
Al Gore (1948-) was born on March 31, 1948. Read Orrin's review of Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit (1992)(Grade: F)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was forced, by popular demand, to bring Sherlock Holmes back to life on March 31, 1905. Read Orrin's review of The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901)(Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1859-1930) (Grade: A+) Holmes has been revived again in Laurie R. King's acclaimed series of novels; read Orrin's review of The Beekeeper's Apprentice (1994) (Grade: C)
Vincent Van Gogh was born in the Netherlands on March 30, 1853.
If two New Hampshire men aren't a match for the Devil, we might as well give the country back to the Indians.
-Stephen Vincent Benet (1898-1943), The Devil and Daniel Webster
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