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Looking Back 100 Years

George Heymont | Posted 09.13.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

When Nixon In China received its world premiere from the Houston Grand Opera on October 22, 1987, audiences were stunned by the portrayal of Tricky Dick as a wistful world traveler obsessed with the idea of making news.

'All Quiet on the Western Front' - A Farewell to Arms, Legs, Youth and Hope

Joseph Cooper | Posted 10.20.2014 | Home
Joseph Cooper

Can a WWI novel shame the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs into caring for the spotters, coordinators, trainers, and advisors who have to deal with the convert-or-die genocides of ISIS?

Thwarted Romances Are a Literary Staple

Dave Astor | Posted 11.20.2012 | Home
Dave Astor

Among literature's most popular plot devices are the obstructions authors put on the road of love. It's hard not to get engrossed when two characters are thwarted from finding happiness with each other.

It's a Good Time to Enjoy Snarky Characters

Dave Astor | Posted 10.30.2012 | Home
Dave Astor

Many of us are heading back to work or school. Sort of puts one in a snappish mood, doesn't it? This time of year, novel readers can viscerally relate to fictional characters who are snarky, snippy, and smart-alecky, to quote a recently accessed thesaurus.

Is It Best to Buy or Borrow Books?

Dave Astor | Posted 11.28.2011 | Home
Dave Astor

Now stepping into the ring: buying books vs. using a library! That bout might never make pay-per-view, but it's a contest often on the minds of avid readers.

The Most Novels You've Read By an Author

Dave Astor | Posted 11.14.2011 | Home
Dave Astor

My list includes the authors' names, the number of novels I've read by each of them, and my three favorite novels (in rank order) by each of them. If you have different favorites by those authors, I'd like to hear about that.

The Art of Not Finishing a Famous Book

Dave Astor | Posted 10.12.2011 | Home
Dave Astor

I realize that continuing to slog through a novel that says "stop reading me" after 100 pages may pay dividends when I reach the end of the book. Dense can turn into sophisticated, confusing into illuminating.

Less Famous Literary Masterpieces

Dave Astor | Posted 08.10.2011 | Home
Dave Astor

There are plenty of cases where an author's masterpiece deserves the top billing it gets in the author's canon. But then there are the cases where a writer's most famous book is not the writer's best book.

Daniel Radcliffe To Star In 'All Quiet On The Western Front' Adaptation

Variety | Stuart Oldham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Daniel Radcliffe will play the lead role in a new version of the Oscar-winning Best Picture "All Quiet on the Western Front."...