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Book review: Halberstam’s finale

From Bookreporter.com, a review of The Coldest Winter, David Halberstam’s last book.

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Latest on Brijit.com: Stop — Grammar-Time!

Stop! Grammar Time –

This is a hodge-podge of grammar-related and linguistic trivia, including famous first and last words, dying languages, and puns such as “The Syntax of Sin Tax.” A “Best of the Blog” feature looks at how sports club owners got wealthy enough to own their teams, something the author calls his “dream job.” Finally, there’s a glimpse at what might have been had actors accepted some of the famous roles for which they were considered. It’s a fun balance between grammar-nerd nuggets and word-association knowledge — such as the overview of Chicago culture by way of the Chicago Manual of Style.

In Mental Floss, January/February 2008

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Latest on Brijit: Allen Ginsberg

The Starving, Hysterical, Naked Mind of Allen Ginsberg –

The literary icon of the beat generation took his muse from the complications of his youth: a schizophrenic mother and a demanding father, as well as the search for self in straight-laced mid-century America. Inspired by the likes of Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs, Ginsberg created a new style, raging against the constrictions of traditional poetry and become himself an inspiration to artists of all stripes, including Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Philip Glass, and U2. Along with a digestible biography, the article also includes a primer on Howl, his watershed poetry collection.

In Mental Floss by Ransom Riggs, January/February 2008

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Latest on Brijit: Walk Hard

Walk Hard Cast and Crew Make Beautiful Music –

 

John C. Reilly and Jenna Fischer, stars of the biopic parody Walk Hard, share their thoughts on their latest venture with a focus on writer-producer Judd Apatow’s script-versus-improv philosophy and the freedom to explore their characters. Writer-director Jake Kasdan and Apatow also weigh in on their responsibilities. The quartet share similar sentiments and not a discouraging word is heard, in this standard publicity puff piece.

in Premiere by Eric Alt, 18 December 2007

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Latest on Brijit: The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds

Masterpiece #98: The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds –

The Beach Boys’ album Pet Sounds may be one of history’s greatest, but it came at a great price. It was a commercial flop, relatively speaking, and took a heavy toll on Brian Wilson, who plunged into a valley of problems, both pharmaceutical and among his family and fellow musicians. The complexity of the record was hailed by groups such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, who appropriated some of the techniques for their own use. Lendler’s history is interesting enough, but the sidebar with rare details on Wilson’s studio tricks is a gem for music fans.

In Mental Floss by Ian Lendler, November/December 2007

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Latest on Brijit: Food for thought

Food for Thought –

Mental Floss presents a potpourri of the legend and lore behind myriad foods, restaurants, products, and people. This story includes a rating of some memorable TV marketing slogans, the truth behind the five-second rule, and some inventions purported to be “the best thing since sliced bread” (note: bread always wins). A.J. Jacobs also weighs in on confusing Biblical diet rules, and the venerable swine is virtually dissected and used for purposes other than eating. A buffet of fact bites in different formats keeps the knowledge entertaining.

In Mental Floss, November/December 2007
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