TED Talks: Billy Collins, Two poems on what dogs think (probably)

I don't know a lot about poetry, but I do know I love Billy Collins, former two-time Poet Laureate of the United States. He was my first high-profile author interview; somehow I talked my way into a phone interview for the first incarnation of this blog. Wires were crossed, somehow. No doubt he wouldn't have …

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a tramp’s abroad: photo essay of Galway city and the Cliffs of Moher

Yeah, I realize it's taken me more than double the time to tell you about my two weeks in Ireland and Wales than it did to experience them. And you're probably sick of hearing that old excuse about how busy I am and how exciting my life is and how my social life consists of rubbing …

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Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

  “Summer House With Swimming Pool” reveals at the start that Ralph is dead and that Marc’s medical techniques contributed to his send-off. Anyone looking for a comparison to “Gone Girl,” winner and still champion in the realm of books that begin with deceptive death reports, will find no stiff competition here. Yes, Ralph is …

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