For the Groucho Marx fans of this column who continue to plead for more, the information contained herein, if new to you, might just make your day.
There are two very different books out, both of which are musts to grace the bookshelves of the Groucho addict: Robert Bader’s "Groucho Marx and Other Short Stories and Tall Tales: Selected Writings of Groucho Marx" and Steve Stoliar’s "Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House."
Those who may have read these books when they first appeared need not feel left out. Both are updated and expanded editions. Both contain abundant new stuff.
What Jack Kerouac’s existential divide has to do with earmuffs, 9/11, and Edison’s "mechanical mind."
For the past four centuries, New York City has been courted, confabulated, and cursed, in public and in private, by the millions of citizens who have called it home. New York Diaries: 1609 to 2009 is a remarkable feat of an anthology by Teresa Carpenter, culled from the archives of libraries, museums, and private collections to reveal a dimensional mosaic portrait of the city through the journal entries of the writers, artists, thinkers, and tourists, both famous and not, who dwelled in its grid over the past 400 years — easily the most dynamic and important depiction of the city since E. B. White’s timeless Here Is New York.
What the the love of libraries has to do with going home to Mars and the foundation of democracy.
"That’s the great secret of creativity," Ray Bradbury famously proclaimed. "You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you."
In 2008, The National Endowment for the Arts sat down with Bradbury to talk about his life, literary loves, and how he wrote Fahrenheit 451 for $9.90 by renting a typewriter in UCLA’s basement and using it as the only office he could afford. Particularly powerful is his passionate case for doing what you love, a fine complement to this recent omnibus of insights on finding your purpose.
... y la soledad suelen provocar desenlaces inesperados. Nuria, una atractiva psicóloga cubana de cuarenta años, es la mujer del Coronel Arturo Gómez, quien se encuentra al frente de sus tropas en Angola. Ella nunca se imaginó que un breve viaje a Italia, donde acude a dictar una conferencia, cambiaría su vida. Allí, Nuria conoce al profesor Martinelli y los dos se pierden en un juego cargado de erotismo y sensualidad. A cada encuentro amoroso le seguían cartas eróticas que Nuria pensó había destruido. Nunca pudo suponer que esas cartas caerían en manos de la contrainteligencia cubana.