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Writers and Their Dachshunds

(22) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 9:04 AM

Literary types take note: if you're thinking of acquiring a dog, consider the dachshund. No dog has been more widely loved by writers worldwide. According to the authors who've adored them, dachshunds make perfect writing companions: they're sensitive, intelligent, undemanding, and, above all, quiet. They're happy to snooze the day...

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7 Memorable Dogs From Literature

(4) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 10:03 AM

Who could forget Old Yeller, or the dog of Anton Chekhov's short story, "The Lady with the Dog"? Fictional pups have the ability to tug at our heartstrings in a way their human counterparts sometimes cannot. Below are seven fantastic canines from literature, collected in The Great Grisby:...

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Book Buying: A Record of Your Year

(4) Comments | Posted December 23, 2007 | 7:43 PM

Since I occasionally review books for various websites, I was recently given the opportunity to list my top ten books of 2007. After a little thought, however, I had to decline. Not because I didn't read any books in 2007 -- on the contrary, I read far too many, as...

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On Money

(4) Comments | Posted December 11, 2007 | 6:06 PM

Acting on complaints from the public, Senator Charles Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, recently launched an investigation into alleged financial wrongdoing involving six high-profile televangelists, all of whom run "non-profit" organizations. The allegations involve governing boards that are not independent and which allow exorbitant salaries, housing...

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On Reading

(12) Comments | Posted December 2, 2007 | 5:07 PM

There's been a lot of buzz about the Kindle, Amazon's new eBook reader, a device the size and weight of an ordinary paperback that can apparently store around 200 books at once; or if you prefer, a combination of novels, newspaper subscriptions, and blogs. Technophiles have been suggesting that the...

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Jane Austen™

(24) Comments | Posted November 26, 2007 | 5:36 PM

To the inconvenience of its residents, the lobby of my building -- an old Beaux Arts hotel in Baltimore -- was closed off to residents yesterday since it was being used, we were told, to shoot a scene for the upcoming movie, He's Just Not That Into You. Moving my...

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