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Banned Books: Artifacts from the Past or Indicators of Greatness?

Any book that can elicit such dramatically opposing responses from two generations of women deserves my concentration.

By • 1 year ago
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5 Steps to Purge Your Bookshelf

For anyone who places value on books, an occasional purge can bring on a mild existential crisis with flashes of anxiety, guilt and regret.

By • 4 years ago
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Book to Film: Frozen

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen is the only fairy tale that gave me nightmares when I was a kid. And it still does.

By • 4 years ago
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The Art of Living Superstitiously (Happy Friday the 13th!)

It's not just Friday the 13th. Any day can bring back luck, unless you avoid the obvious traps.

By • 4 years ago
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Book to Film: The Book Thief

The Book Thief is a clever and gripping novel. Its movie adaptation is visually gorgeous but regrettably sanitized and melodramatic.

By • 4 years ago
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What’s on a Character’s Nightstand?

I have an obsessive curiosity about what people are reading, including characters from TV and film.

By • 4 years ago
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The Elusive Calculus of Book to Screen Adaptation

For years I’ve been working on the elusive, mathematically unsustainable formula that predicts the likelihood of successful screen adaptation, which never quite adds up.

By • 4 years ago