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Oz Is Not As Down Under As Everyone Thinks It Is

Frank L. Baum's Oz isn't in the land of Aussies, as one might think, but in a far more magical setting.

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Stories Still Scary Enough to Tell in the Dark

A boy who finds a big toe while digging in his backyard, morbid songs about the decomposition of human corpses, a dismembered head...

Ted Pillow
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Here, There and Everywhere by Geoff Emerick and Howard Massey

The Beatles boy wonder sound engineer Geoff Emerick reel-to-reels in the years and makes tenderloin out of some sacred cows in the process.

Carl Schonbeck
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Somewhere Over the Technicolour Rainbow Lies the Weirdest Book I Own

Two brief, random glimpses -- cautionary or otherwise -- into what happens when celebrity gets too close to the ragged edge of reality.

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S.E. Hinton Is Writing About Vampires, Too

Borders liquidation sale turns up the S.E. Hinton novel Hawkes Harbor; proof of the maxim that if you don’t use it, you lose it.

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Of Writing Men: David Remnick’s 'King of the World'

Last year, David Remnick received huge attention for The Bridge, his biography of Barack Obama. Eschewing the conventions of the form, the New Yorker editor focussed not on Obama’s private life but his public rise to senator and eventually president of the United States. It is a trick he also employed in 1998’s King of the World, a biography of another African-American icon, Muhammad Ali.

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Botticelli, Sandwiches Outside and Dreams of Bradbury's 'Dandelion Wine'

Boxed in by bandage-colored cubicle walls in downtown Manhattan, my thoughts drift to sweet days in Florence and Rome, and to lines in Ray Bradbury’s ‘Dandelion Wine’.

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Growing Up Weird with the Guinness Book of World Records

Mills revisits fond memories of reading the Guinness Book of World Records as a child (it sure beats Nightmare on Elm Street), and the lasting distortion the series has wrought upon her life.

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Why Jane Austen makes a surprisingly decent sleuth... and why Elizabeth I may not.

In Jane and the Stillroom Maid, The Devonshires provide the emotional flourishes, Mr. Collins provides the comedy relief, and early-19th-century medicine the fascination that drives this increasingly dark murder mystery.

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'The Detroiters' Captures Motor City Advertising, 'Mad Men' Style

A 50-year-old copy of a pulp fiction novel on advertising in Detroit is the starting point for an investigation into a bit of late 20th-century pop culture.

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'Jass' Gives You the Feel for Early American History

Take a tour of Storyville where Jazz began and murder prevails, bringing in the likes of David Fulmer's hero who is as good at solving crime as he's crippled by his love of an irresistible whore.

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The Catcher in the Rye: The Greatest Book of Its Time

The late J. D. Salinger's masterpiece has long been the spark of debate, but in the high school classroom it still might be the best book of its kind.

Gregg Lipkin
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Holiday book buying: a reflection

The holidays have come and gone. Any successful strategies for purchasing last minute gifts for literate loved ones?

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White Noise in the Kitchen Supplies Aisle

Postmodernism in the 21st Century: Coming Soon to a Grocery Store Near You!

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