Monthly Archives: May 2011

Hairspray al fresco on Mt. Tamilpais

Hairspray, the musical, fit the day like a glove. It was sunny and warm in the gorgeous amphitheatre atop Mt. Tamalpais where Mountain Play is bringing the Broadway hit to the outdoor stage in its 98th annual production. On this … Continue reading

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Introducing Sicily and Inspector Montalvano

What is the shape of water? Surely, it is whatever shape you give it—and so the police inspector describes the evidence in this deceptive murder mystery set in modern Sicily. A wealthy and influential engineer is discovered dead in his … Continue reading

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Harry, The Boy Who Lived!

The final installment of the Harry Potter movie series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, is due to hit the theaters on July 15. Let’s take a look back to 1998 when the “Harry” phenomenon started. As we … Continue reading

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Murder Most Grim on the English Moors

The sky is grey, oppressive and it is threatening rain, unusual for this part of California. This is perfect weather and atmosphere for writing about a British murder mystery set in the Northern England countryside. I can visualize the fog … Continue reading

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Moo U, Stories Of Pigs and Professors

The book’s title, MOO, in bold black lettering on a stark white background, practically screamed, “Buy Me”. So, I bought the book from the specials table in a used bookstore in Menlo Park—the year was 2000 or thereabouts. That was my … Continue reading

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The Lynching At Grasshopper Creek

Frederick Allen recounts the history of an unprecedented chain of executions carried out by citizen vigilantes with overwhelming public consent in A Decent Orderly Lynching—The Montana Vigilantes. This deadly episode of vigilante justice erupted in the gold fields of what … Continue reading

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Days of Jim Crow and Protest

The book-length poem One With Others [a little book of her days] by C. D. Wright is a tribute to dead friend and mentor Margaret Kaelin McHugh, an obscure Arkansas civil-rights activist who, in 1969, crossed the color line to support … Continue reading

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The Battle for the Channel Islands

I confessed in a previous post to being a fan of T. C. Boyle fiction so it is no surprise that I really like his latest novel. When the Killing’s Done is the story of dedicated ecologists who ultimately win a … Continue reading

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