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“So long as they are reading?” Content matters.

“The habit of casual reading… is a form of mild intellectual dissipation which does more harm than we realise. Many who would not read even a brilliant novel of a certain type, sit down to read twaddle without scruple. Nothing is too scrappy, nothing is too weak to “pass the time!” The “Scraps” literature of […]

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REview: Stranger in a Strange Land

If you know the term grok, then  you have either read this book or know somebody who has, or of course know somebody who knows somebody who knows somebody… I would have said I had not read this one of Heinlein’s.  I would have been wrong. It’s the weirdest thing.  Because I definitely read it, […]

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Random Notes On Our Last Month of School

Written back in May: Down to the wire with the Boy, all we are currently doing is reading some short stories and essays together – about half an hour to 45 minutes in a day, and his father is reading a chapter of Proverbs with him at night (this is in addition to the schooling […]

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Read in August

I read fewer books in August than I have previous months of this year for a couple reasons. I tried to read more nonfiction, and nonfiction slows me down. I started volunteering at the high school every day. I work in the library and supervise the study halls, which are mostly in the library. To […]

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Books Read in July

Murder on the Blackboard, a Hildegard Withers story,  I like these, but I think mainly it’s because they are set in another time, a time I do not altogether miss (the cops sometimes rough up a suspect, and Hildegard encourages that).  Hildegard Withers is a strict spinster schoolmarm.   The historical touches amuse me. Sharpe’s […]

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