BBC’s “Alleyn Mysteries”

BBC’s “Alleyn Mysteries”

Patrick Malahide as Insp. Alleyn I’ve been watching the “Alleyn Mysteries” produced by the BBC in 1993-1994, and based on the series by Ngaio Marsh. These adaptations are quite good, for the most part. Patrick Malahide and William Simons are perfectly cast as Alleyn and his assistant, Inspector Fox. Their… Read more »

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Developments on the E-book Horizon

Some interesting developments in e-reader technology were on display at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, according to an article by CNN. I was intrigued, so I took a look at the websites for two new e-readers. If you’re looking to try the e-reader experience, but don’t… Read more »

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Recommended: “The Future of Reading,” by Tom Peters

For a thoughtful and thought-provoking look at where books may be headed, I recommend Tom Peters’ “The Future of Reading,” published on Library Journal’s website. Peters clearly lays out the challenges and issues facing the publishing industry and introduces readers to new trends and innovations made possible by emerging technologies,… Read more »

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How Lincoln Learned to Read

How Lincoln Learned to Read

I just finished reading Daniel Wolff’s How Lincoln Learned to Read: Twelve Great Americans and the Educations That Made Them. In it, Wolff recounts the formative years of twelve Americans, from Benjamin Franklin to Elvis Presley, examining how each one learned what he or she “needed to know” to succeed… Read more »

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Ngaio Marsh’s Inspector Alleyn mysteries

Ngaio Marsh’s Inspector Alleyn mysteries

In the last month or two, I’ve been rereading Ngaio Marsh’s superb mystery series featuring Roderick Alleyn of Scotland Yard, most of them for the first time in almost 10 years. I loved them in my high school and college days, and collected the lot, most of them in hardcover… Read more »

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Libraries Without Books?

Recently, my attention was drawn to a Boston Globe article about Cushing Academy, a New England prep school. It seems that headmaster James Tracy has made the decision to remove almost all books from the school’s library. The library will instead be a place where students can access information electronically…. Read more »

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Recommended: Baker on the Kindle

Apropos of my earlier post about e-books, I recommend Nicholson Baker’s “A New Page” in The New Yorker‘s Aug. 3, 2009, edition. The article discusses e-books, e-book devices in general, and Amazon’s Kindle in particular. Baker explores the history and marketing of e-paper and the Kindle as well as his… Read more »

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