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Today’s Quote:

“Would you care to publish this? Sincerely, Robert B. Parker.”

– Robert Parker

And… this is why Robert Parker is my favorite author.

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Today’s Quotes:

1. I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.

– John Burroughs

2. The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books

– Katherine Mansfield

 

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Today’s Quote:

I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.

– Benjamin Franklin

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Being a professor and working are not the same thing. The academic community is composed largely of nitwits. If I may generalize. People who don’t know very much about what matters very much, who view life through literature rather than the other way around.

– Robert Parker

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♦ The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison by Pete Early

I recently completed reading Peter Early’s The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison.  The book reads like a documentary and was written with the cooperation of the Bureau of Prisons.  The author spent much of his time from mid-1987 to mid-1989 at Leavenworth, a maximum-security institution whose nickname, the Hot House, is derived from its lack of air conditioning despite the searing Kansas summers. Interviewing the warden, the guards — from captains on down and the convicts, many of whom are imprisoned for shocking crimes, Early takes us into the mind of the  criminal to show an egoistic, violent nature locked into a code of behavior with elements of machismo, hyper-sensitivity to slights and the conviction that informing — to “snitch” is the greatest crime of all. There is also hatred of guards, who hate back, all this played out against a backdrop of racism, sexual exploitation, constant tension and sometimes gratuitous cruelty by the staff and the bureau toward the inmates. An insightful book into the lives of prisoners, those who work in prisons, and our criminal justice system; as well as our society.

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♦ Lawrence Sanders McNally’s Alibi by Vincent Lardo

I just completed reading McNally’s Alibi this mystery concerns, renowned collector Deci Fortesque hires Palm Beach private sleuth Archy McNally to find an alleged original complete text of Truman Capote’s Answered Prayers. Archy quickly learns that Claudia Lester asserts that she possessed the manuscript, but her former lover Matthew Harrigan stole it from her. Matthew insists he took nothing and that Claudia is just a former lover causing him trouble.

Antiques dealer Rodney Whitehead informs the sleuth that neither Claudia nor Matthew is credible not that Rodney is any better. The search turns nasty when the supposed owner of the Capote manuscript is found dead in the sleazy Crescent Hotel not long after Archy visited the place. Police Lieutenant Georgia O’Hara knows Archy is holding out on her, but he refuses to reveal anything that might interfere with completing his client’s assignment as the fee is too good.  This is one of the better McNally novels containing an intriguing investigative story line and three women making Archy’s life miserable in different ways.

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Today’s Quote:

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

– Henry David Thoreau

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