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Old 09-11-2019, 08:36 AM
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Old 09-15-2019, 02:01 PM
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Old 09-15-2019, 02:41 PM
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Old 09-16-2019, 01:42 PM
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Old 09-17-2019, 05:38 AM
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Two or three times a week I treat myself to a few sips of iced cappuccino at my local coffee bar. (More than a few sips would cause insomnia and fast heart-beat.) I sip slowly and read from a book I keep in my car just for that purpose. I read slowly from the book to savor it too!

The book is Citizen Hearst, a splendid biography of one of America's most splendid characters. (The subject of Citizen Kane led a boring life compared to the real W.R. Hearst.)

The first sentence of the book is neither short enough to type easily nor would it give a good idea about the book. But today I read something interesting about the 1932 Democratic Convention. Hearst had tried for the Presidency himself several times, and delighted in playing the role of kingmaker, but although he often controlled both New York City and the State of California, none of his candidates had ever become President. His own candidate in 1932, Speaker John Garner, was failing despite the support of Hearst-controlled delegations, especially from California. It was clear to all the cigar-smokers that the fourth ballot was FDR's last chance. Otherwise Al Smith would win the nomination.
Farley [Roosevelt's campaign manager] telephoned San Simeon.... Hearst refused to talk to him. The reason was that Hearst was already setting large wheels of his own into motion.... He was not enthusiastic about Roosevelt but the alternative — horror of horrors! — was the S-List Smith or the Wilson-loving internationalist Baker....

Since 1904, Hearst had personally attended a half-dozen conventions of both major parties ... without affecting the outcome in the slightest. Now, in 1932, he stayed away — and decided the convention, the candidate and the future of the nation.

That evening, on he fourth ballot rollcall, McAdoo strode to the microphone and uttered historic words: "California casts forty-four votes for Franklin D. Roosevelt."
That did it. Hearst, for the first time in his long life, had named a President.... Most observers also believed that he had named Garner as Vice President. Al Smith, an embittered man, took the next train home, possibly wondering whether his remarks years earlier about Hearst and his Mud-Gutter Gazette had cost him the Presidency.

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Old 09-17-2019, 06:25 AM
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Old 09-18-2019, 12:13 AM
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Old 09-18-2019, 02:55 AM
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"This book is for a boy who was born in Berlin during the last months of the war."

Cornelius Ryan, The Last Battle (Simon and Schuster, 1966)

The rest of the paragraph reads:

"His name was Peter Fechter. In 1962, he was machine-gunned by his own people and left to bleed to death by the side of the most tragic memorial to the Allied victory---the Berlin Wall."
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:14 AM
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In the hospital of the orphanage-the boys's division at St. Cloud's, Maine-two nurses were in charge of naming the new babies and checking that their little penises were healing from the obligatory circumcision. se

The Cider House Rules by John Irving

(Not many books have "penises" in the first line)
Old 09-19-2019, 09:37 AM
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Old 09-19-2019, 02:07 PM
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Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen, by Mary Norris
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Stalin in Power: The Revolution from Above, 1928--1941. Robert C Tucker (WW Norton & Company, Inc; 1990).
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"Didn't know you did, Major."


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