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I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly. ~ Michel de Montaigne

Sheltering in Place with Montaigne

From The Paris Review: By the time Michel de Montaigne wrote “Of Experience,” the last entry in his third and final book of essays, the French statesman and author had weathered numerous outbreaks of plague (in 1585, while he was mayor of Bordeaux, a third of the population perished), political uprisings, the death of five … Read more

Libraries Connected launches online services round-up

From The Bookseller: Our buildings may be temporarily closed but public libraries still have lots to offer their communities. Here at Libraries Connected, we are showcasing the best digital services from public libraries in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Working with a team of public librarians from across the country, we’ll be highlighting key services that … Read more

Ambrose Bierce

From The Poetry Foundation: Ambrose Bierce’s literary reputation is based primarily on his short stories about the Civil War and the supernatural—a body of work that makes up a relatively small part of his total output. Often compared to the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, these stories share an attraction to death in its more … Read more


Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage. ~ Ambrose Bierce

B&N to Renovate Empty Stores

From Shelf Awareness: At Barnes & Noble, most of its 627 stores are closed to the public “and it seems likely that the few that remain open may shortly be required also to close,” CEO James Daunt wrote in a letter to employees on Friday afternoon. “We will offer BOPIS (buy online, pick up in store) … Read more

Novel Rejected for Pandemic Lockdown Published 15 Years Later

From The Kashmir Observer: A dystopian novel about a deadly pandemic wreaking havoc across the world that was rejected 15 years ago has finally been published after reality once more proved itself stranger than fiction. Scottish author Peter May, 68, a former journalist and BBC screenwriter, wrote Lockdown in 2005, imagining London as the epicentre of a global outbreak, only to see his manuscript turned away by … Read more

Hunting the Last Nazi Murderers Among Us

From The Los Angeles Review of Books: Citizen 865 IS a powerful, important book by Debbie Cenziper, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist. It could earn her a second prize. It is serious journalism at its best. Citizen 865 reads like a fast-paced mystery novel. But it is not fiction. It is all true. There is no fake news here, … Read more

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