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Rachel Maddow’s Book Cheap

I know you all loved Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow, but perhaps some of you have not read it yet or, like me, Rachel gave you a physically real copy of it so you don’t have the Kindle version. Now is your chance, since the Kindle version is $1.99 right…

This just came across my desk. These are not amazing deals, but they are pretty good deals. I’ll put the list price and asking price down so you can decide if you want to ignore this. A Global Warming Primer: Answering Your Questions About The Science, The Consequences, and The Solutions was $15 is now…

For people who are wondering why I’m not doing more of my patented chronologies or collections of posts, the answer is pretty simple. There’s so damn much going on it’s hard for me to find the time and mental energy to bring it all together. I’m currently working on posts covering the Trump budget proposal…

The brand new just published (June 1) book Beren and Lúthien presents the story of the human (or should I say “Man”?) Beren Erchamion, or “The One-Handed” (AKA Beren Camlost, for “the Empty Handed”) and the Elf-maiden Lúthien Tinúviel. If you read The Lord of the Rings you may recall Aragorn telling their story to…

The Best Children’s Books #2

Installment # 1 is here Without delay, here are four five star choices and four four star choices: The Emperor’s New Clothes, the classic story by Hans Christian Anderson, illustrated for the modern retro child by Virginia Lee Burton. You know the story, so I won’t give you a summary, and the whole point is…

James Bond Incarnations In Order

Roger Moore just died, and you will hear that he was the third, or second, or fourth, “James Bond.” He wasn’t. Here is the list of James Bond actors: Barry Nelson, who played in “Casino Royale” in 1954. This was an episode in the “Climax!” TV anthology series, like they used to do a lot.…

Evil Speaks: Warriors and Watchers Saga by S. Woffington is a new scifi/fantasy novel with an interesting twist. If there is a Bechdel Test for ableism, it would pass. This is an interesting story written for youthful readers (see publisher’s summary below) that is well written and mostly devoid of the usual plot holes we…

Andrew Jackson was born in March, 1767. Jackson was about 9 years old when the Revolutionary War started. The Revolutionary War and the Civil War were two different wars. There was another war in between called the War of 1812. It was approximately in 1812. Andrew Jackson was a lawyer, a judge, and a congressional…

Come work with me! Be my department head! Here’s the full posting: Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Stream – Assistant/Associate/Senior Librarian Discipline/Field: Head of Steacie Science and Engineering Library Home Faculty: Libraries Home Department/Area/Division: Steacie Science and Engineering Library Affiliation/Union: YUFA Position Start Date: October 1, 2017 Physical Sciences Librarian and Head of Steacie Science…

Like with La La Land a few months back, here we have a jazz-themed documentary that I haven’t seen yet but have read an awful lot about. Unlike La La Land, I actually intend to see Chasing Trane and actually have tickets to see an upcoming showing at a Toronto theatre. The reviews seem fantastic,…