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text 2017-07-17 12:47
10th July 2017
The Works of Anne Bradstreet (John Harvard Library) - Anne Bradstreet

Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish. 


Anne Bradstreet


July 10, 1666: On this day, a fire destroyed the home of English poet Anne Bradstreet. She used the disaster as inspiration for a poem, rather fittingly titled "Verses upon the Burning of Our House, July 10, 1666."

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review 2017-01-28 11:09
The Best of the Harvard Lampoon: 140 Years of American Humor by The Harvard Lampoon



The first volume of the Harvard Lampoon was published in February 1876 written by seven undergraduates.

The idea? Re-create Punch, a British magazine all dedicated to humor.
Twelve hundreds copies all sold out.

Since there what characterizes the Harvard Lampoon is satire and great humor.

The Golden period from 1926 to 1945. In that case students were influenced by the The New Yorker following more or less the same guidelines of the prestigious New Yorker's magazine.

With the decades the students considering also the weight that their reality was assuming decided to start a good tradition: the ones of the honorary members.

It was simple to include Winston Churchill. Billy Crystal and Robin Williams, Jay Leno, Kurt Vonnegut and David Foster Wallace
In this book the first one of the series: The Best of the Harvard Lampoon: 140 Years of American Humor published last Nov 15t an introduction at  the humor, characteristics, modus vivendi and thoughts of the Harvard students through the time and and thanks to the reality that they created long time ago with many sketches, little short stories, historical covers. My favorite short story remains the one of the finger. So funny!

With the time Hollywood interested at The Harvard Lampoon. The students became collaborators with the creators of the Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons, and other countless prestigious shows.

I fall in love for the funny introduction by Simon Rich, and the cover is absolutely wonderful!

Contributors: B.J. Novak, Henry Beard, Andy Borowitz, George Plimpton, Conan O’Brien, John Updike, Patricia Marx, and many others.

Many thanks to NetGalley for this book.
Anna Maria Polidori
Source: alfemminile.blogspot.it
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url 2016-12-04 02:46
The Best Science Books of 2016
Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space - Janna Levin
The Polar Bear - Jenni Desmond
Time Travel: A History - James Gleick
The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time by Maria Konnikova (2016-01-12) - Maria Konnikova
Being a Dog: Following the Dog into a World of Smell by Alexandra Horowitz (2016-10-04) - Alexandra Horowitz
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World - Rachel Ignotofsky
The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars - Dava Sobel
Felt Time: The Psychology of How We Perceive Time (MIT Press) - Marc Wittmann,Erik Butler
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life - Ed Yong
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries From a Secret World - Peter Wohlleben

Listen to the best books of science 2016. Nice introduction. 


There are more books that I could link, so have a listen. 

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review 2016-09-19 05:48
Goal is love
The Goal - Elle Kennedy

This is book # 4 in the Off-Campus series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  The characters and situations will make more sense to the reader, however, if you read them in order.  Plus, it is a seriously phenomenal series!


Sabrina has a hot past with Tucker.  Even if it is a short one.  One that he does not want to let go.  If Sabrina could just work him into her schedule...


Tucker has always been his own man.  Even when a close friend says stay away from Sabrina, he chooses for himself.  He knows her better than they do.  Now, if he can just convince her to make a future with him.


This great series continues as we find out why the last book left us in a cliffhanger.  I won't spoil it for you, but I will say hurry to get your copy!  Such a great couple, these characters have heat and tenderness almost from the start.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.








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review 2016-09-13 21:32
Loner: A Novel - Teddy Wayne
ISBN:  9781501107894
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 9/13/2016 
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 4 Stars  


A special thank you to Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

From the author of The Love Story of Jonny Valentine- a novelist, a columnist for the New York Times, and a regular toThe New Yorker, Teddy Wayne delivers a captivating novel of a Harvard freshman who becomes obsessed with a classmate.

LONER is witty, creepy, and layered with absorbing insights – a portrayal of the dangers of monsters which live among us, and the hyper-connected contemporary digital age of today. From privilege, entitlement, greed, a psychopath, to dark and dangerous obsession.

A terrifying cautionary stalker tale. A young man which does not have what he feels he's entitled to. Antisocial personality disorder characterized by a lack of regard for the moral or legal standards in local culture. A marked inability to get along with others or abide by societal rules.

A smart, deeply insecure, and socially unacceptable Harvard freshman makes his way through life, relationships, and an attempt at love—from academics to social challenges.

David Alan Federman, a new Harvard student. His roommate Steven Zenger, the extroverted physicist in training. His New Jersey lawyer father and mother; they seem excited. The first day with their false words of wisdom. His dad said he had to find his "tribe". He had hoped his roommate would help upgrade him, to a higher social stratum. A new start from high school.

When the college acceptance list was posted, his classmates were shocked that he was their class’s lone Harvard-bound senior (David Federman’s yearbook prediction—fill in later). David is a loner. And he is troubled. His parents have always acted slightly unnatural around him. He hopes his luck will change when he gets to Harvard. He wants to become “someone”.

"It’s convenient, in hindsight, to blame Harvard." But it wasn’t the guilty party.

Immediately, David (which likes to spell things backwards) is captivated by Veronica Morgan Wells. He is infatuated with Veronica, a glamorous, sophisticated Manhattanite, in his dorm. The New Yorker. Park Avenue. Her world was not limited to high schools, but encompassed small-world networks of the well-heeled: second homes, clubs, family connections.

She is clearly “out of his league”. However, he is driven, misguided, and tenacious. He has an evil clever plan. He has a goal. Getting to her through her roommate, Sara, from Ohio. A two-person suite.

What begins as an infatuation, spirals out of control: a dark, disturbing portrait of obsession and an examination of class and gender politics.

"There’s just one Everest, and only the most heroic can reach the summit."

When things get intense, Veronica may have her own agenda. Who is using whom? The tables may turn. David thought, Veronica could be impressed with his idiosyncratic yet weird talent. David has hope--beneath her sophisticated outward appearance, she may be something of a loner which could be his soul mate, or so he wishes.

Though all his sacrifices with Sara, will Veronica overhear him? (the author really has some witty lines) Will his wacky plan work? He had the power to wound another person. He wanted to be the kind of person people gossiped about. He may just get his wish.

“She could coast at Harvard on sheer native aptitude. Just like me.”

My Favorite Part: Freshman Lower-Value Male “Beta!”Reality check. To what lengths would Beta extend himself for a presumptive possibility of sex? Power dynamics.

“Each time my eyes passed over the word 'Beta', it was as if an organ were surgically extracted from me without anesthesia and deposited on the operating table so I could witness my own vivisection.” That’s all I was to you? 'Beta'.“That’s all I was.”

A creative in-depth look at the disturbing psychotic mind of a young man, longing to be socially accepted. His whole world revolves around his obsession. From social media to stalking, he never lets up with the games. Quite entertaining.

In our world today of violence and hatred, a realistic portrayal of the minds of those, who resort to the horrific acts, we see plastered in the news today. From sexual assault, racial and sexual discrimination, predators, and blowing up night clubs, colleges, and schools. It starts somewhere and ignites.

Dark, twisted, and psychotic suspense. Yes, even literary, with the author’s well-crafted prose. A brilliant tale of obsessive love...it's GONE GIRL meets a version of YOU, and the guy everyone loves to hate “Joe.” However, David is not a likable soul, so he will not have the same love/hate affair relationship with the reader.

Fans of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman will enjoy!



Some great posts and interviews with the author:

"Loner Author Teddy Wayne on Tackling the Campus Novel and Male Privilege" The author discusses the dark social forces that influenced his latest book. Vanity Fair

"A startlingly sharp study of not just collegiate culture, but of social forces at large; a novel as absorbing as it is devastating. " Chicago Tribune

"Teddy Wayne's Loner Sheds Light on the Plight of All the Sad, Insecure Young Men" Esquire

Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/#!Loner/cmoa/56cdce670cf2f9aefdc20bbd
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