Muriel Spark Centenary

February 1, 1918-April 13, 2006 Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Muriel Sarah Spark, née Camberg, is best known “for the satire and wit with which the serious themes of her novels are presented.” (Britannica.com) An author, poet, and essayist, Spark also wrote biographies on Mary Shelley, John Masefield, and the Brontë family. Since the age of…
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Wicked Winter Weather

The recent cold snap reminds us of the perils of wicked winter weather; I’m not referring to enchanting, snuggly winter settings, I’m talking about temperatures and winter conditions that kill – avalanches, blizzards, bomb cyclones – Mother Nature unleashed in an Armageddon of snow, ice, and wind. I’m not referring to the excitement of wearing…
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“All arts aspire to the condition of music” – Walter Pater

The St. Louis Public Library joins the city in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of Powell Symphony Hall in January, 1968. While the architecture and acoustics of the building are critically acclaimed, the symphony hall is further commended by its resident St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, which, founded in 1880, is the second-oldest professional…
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“Purple does something strange to me” quipped Charles Bukowski

NPR just announced that the color purple, specifically Ultra Violet, has been designated as the Color of 2018 by the Pantone Color Institute, a company which forecasts global color trends through scientific consideration and trend analysis. Annually, Pantone’s color experts comb the world looking for new color influences, scrutinizing the entertainment industry and films in…
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Man Booker Prize Winners

The Man Booker Prize, launched in 1969, awards any novel originally written in English and published in the United Kingdom in the year of the prize, regardless of the nationality of its author. The novel must be an original work in English, not a translation, and published by a registered UK imprint; self-published novels are…
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A Christmas Ghost Story

“A sad tale is best for winter: I have one. Of spirits and goblins.”                                                                             A Winter’s Tale, William Shakespeare There is a Christmas tradition many are aware of these days: in our glittering and joyous Christmas season, one would not think of this particular tradition to be very appealing. I am, of course, speaking…
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In Memoriam

We remember authors for the stories they tell and the many ways their words can entertain, enlighten, and inspire us. The death of a beloved writer can leave us with a collective sense of loss, feelings of nostalgia, the belief that an era has passed. Fortunately, we will always have their works. This list is created to…
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