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April 26, 2009

Gun violence

Quote of the week from Bob Herbert's New York Times April 24, 2009 column: "We’re confiscating shampoo from carry-on luggage at airports while at the same time handing out high-powered weaponry to criminals and psychotics at gun shows."

Posted by s-gang at 10:52 AM

April 15, 2009

A very special thank you!

A thousand thank you's to our guest tonight at book club. It made the evening memorable and precious!

Posted by s-gang at 10:02 PM

April 14, 2009

Book Club calendar

April 15 – at Anne’s - The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade by Ann Fessler

***see the related exhibit***
and http://thegirlswhowentaway.com/


May 20 – at Kirsten’s - The Duchess or Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman .


June 17 – at Sarah’s –
***we need to decide which of these to do***:

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri (due out in paperback April 7, 2009)

--OR --

an Obama theme month - read about any or all of the Obama family
for example, see his hers

And … ***save this for next year when it comes out in paperback*** - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (not yet in paperback) at Roberta’s

Posted by s-gang at 10:05 AM

April 6, 2009

Billy Collins

Kudos to Annie for discovering and sharing the news of Billy Collins' Bigthink page He's my Poet/Hero.

How could one not love poetry after reading Billy Collins?


and a second hurrah to Annie for bringing to our attention the word epigraph!

Posted by s-gang at 7:11 PM

Advantages of a slower pace

"People think that state schools like ours are low-key, laid back, and they’re right, we are,” said Robert K. S. Wong, chairman of the physiology and pharmacology department at SUNY Downstate, who brought Dr. Sacktor with him from Columbia. “You have less pressure to apply for grants, and you can take more time, I think, to work out your ideas."


http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/06/health/research/06brain.html?scp=2&sq=brain%20research&st=cse

Brain Power
Brain Researchers Open Door to Editing Memory
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By BENEDICT CAREY
Published: April 5, 2009

which brings to mind a favorite phrase of a brilliant though much-maligned and now long-gone administrator: "thoughtful reflection on the profession"...

Posted by s-gang at 6:57 PM

April 2, 2009

Book Club's LibraryThing page

Hi, everyone,
This is just a reminder of the link to our LibraryThing page. I'll get it added to the links on the right, too.

Posted by s-gang at 11:11 AM