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Sunday Open Thread

20 years ago today the Rwandan genoicide was triggered by the assassination of President Juvénal Habyarimana. Romeo Dallaire’s (the Canadian general in charge of the U.N. mission) memoir is a stinging indictment — a must read just as the accompanying documentary is a must see.

From the Trailer Park — The Giver

Happy Birthday Daniel Crandall!

Thank God Facebook tipped me off to Daniel’s birthday. Still beat the East Coast deadline. Happy birthday friend. Hope it’s been a good one! A little Chesterton (an oxymoron he’d appreciate) for you…

The first fact about the celebration of a birthday is that it is a way of affirming defiantly, and even flamboyantly, [...]

Friday Open Thread

Frederick the Great was born on this date in 1712. I read this book a few years ago… great read about the transition from Baroque to the Enlightenment and of two great men.

Saturday Open Thread

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton by Henry William Pickersgill

It was a dark and stormy night the day Lord Bulwer-Lytton died on this date in 1873. Feast your eyes on the poet and novelist who coined that phrase plus “the pen is mightier than the sword”, “the pursuit of the [...]

3D Weekend Five: The “Watch It/Read It/Do It” List

This started out as “Watch Me/Read Me/Do Me”, until I reread it.

It’s the start of a new year — make some recommendations to your fellow 3Ders.

5.  VH1 picked up “Happy Endings”, which is a wild, goofball Friends retread, set in Chicago.  Before ABC dropped the axe (after three seasons), it had hit cult [...]

From the Trailer Park — Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond

This is a BBC America 4-part miniseries on the life of James Bond author (and real world spy) Ian Fleming with Dominic Cooper in the lead.

Premiering January 29, 2014.

The Kid for Christmas

I saw the author, Ben Bradlee, Jr., interviewed last night on Charlie Rose. It was a great interview and sounds like a great book. Still a few days left to get your Amazon gifts shipped to you in time for Christmas!

Still At War

North Korea has been in the news a lot lately… executing a high ranking official, executing Christians, and capturing an American Korean War vet on a tourist visa in North Korea. It’s best to remember we have been at war with North Korea since 1950. The above book is about the USS Pueblo — [...]

Check It Out!

Or rather… don’t check out the mommy pron classic Fifty Shades of Grey from the library — according to The Guardian (UK) anyway. It’s going viral!

Library copies of Fifty Shades of Grey have reported positive for traces of herpes virus and cocaine, according to two Belgian professors.

A second novel, Tango – a romance [...]