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Donna Tartt — The Goldfinch Unchained

The Goldfinch is a very small oil painting of a finch chained to its perch that is on display in a museum in the Netherlands. It was painted 300 years ago by a student of Rembrandt and is very famous. … Continue reading

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The 25th Century — A Doom Scenario

Note: California City was laid out in 1958 by real estate developer and sociology professor Nat Mendelsohn on 80,000 acres of Mojave Desert land. It was never completed, but has one landowners’ resort, one PGA golf course, one prison (the California … Continue reading

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The Championship Year—Good Summer Reading

At the end of this Montana road, at the foot of the Tobacco Root Mountains, sits the small town of Willow Springs. It’s a quiet town with a Methodist Church, a small café, and a very small high school. The … Continue reading

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John Irving—Twisted River, A Writer Drifts Through Life

A guardian angel looks down on Iowa. A scene from John Irving’s novel Last Night in Twisted River takes place on a small pig farm not far from Iowa City. A pig was roasting in a makeshift barbeque pit not … Continue reading

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Illustrated Tales of Nations—German Cigarette Cards

The Chinese Nightingale is an illustrated folk tale set in ancient China. The charming story is included in Tales of the Nations (Märchen der Völker), illustrations and stories produced as part of a German cigarette advertising promotion just before WWII. … Continue reading

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Jo Nesbø: Introducing Norwegian Policeman Harry Hole

The migrating Redbreast is a harbinger of spring in Oslo; seeing one in November is unusual. In the opening scene of the Jo Nesbø’s police thriller Redbreast, two bored police officers are watching an overwintering Robin Redbreast swoop down to … Continue reading

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A Tourist in Sudan—Intrigue, Duplicity and Murder

The Sudan has oil for sale; it sells oil primarily to Asian countries, among them China. What if, instead, the sales went to Europe? Or to the U.S.? In Olen Steinhauer’s espionage tale The Tourist (book 1 of the Milo … Continue reading

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