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Sunday, 15 July

23:00

Blog Tour: Kalorama Road by E. Denise Billups This Is My Truth Now

Im very excited to be the first post on a two-week blog tour managed by Jina S. Bazzar for the amazing Kalorama Road by E. Denise Billups. I read the book last month and thought it was a phenomenal story. You must check out my 5-STAR review after reading through todays post. Weve got all the links below to get to know the author and the book as well as a special Q&A section where I was lucky enough to ask Billups twelve (12) fun and frisky questions. If youre a fan of thrillers, mysteries, suspense, and romance fiction, this is definitely one you cant afford to miss! Lets learn a little more about this novel and then click on the YouTube link to watch the awesome trailer, but be ready to bite your nails or grab something to hold while your mind begins to worry whats going on!

Book Blurb

There something Allie cant remember, hidden memories bordering consciousness that refuse to surface until one day someone, something, ignites horrifying images of a forgotten night.

A year after graduating from Emsworth University, a mysterious email appears asking Allie one single question. What happened at 1414 Kalorama Road? Allie has no memory of that night and has tried to recapture what happened when a classmate went missing at an off-campus party. Someone wants her to remember, and theyre getting closer and more insistent. Forgotten memories gradually start to surface with gruesome images and a revelation that could ruin the reputation of her esteemed alma mater, Emsworth University.

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The Soothsayers Recompense, Giorgio de Chirico, 1913 The Lion of Chaeronea



The Soothsayers Recompense, Giorgio de Chirico, 1913

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Bronze plaque with hieroglyphics inscribed by a High Priest of... The Lion of Chaeronea



Bronze plaque with hieroglyphics inscribed by a High Priest of Amun.   Third Intermediate Period, 21st Dynasty (1055 - 931 BCE) or later.  Now in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  Photo credit: LACMA.

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The Sweeper, Pieter Janssens Elinga, ca. 1670 The Lion of Chaeronea



The Sweeper, Pieter Janssens Elinga, ca. 1670

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Saturday, 14 July

10:03

Selected Official Documents of the South African Republic and Great Britain (Williams) New Online Books

Selected Official Documents of the South African Republic and Great Britain: A Documentary Perspective of the Causes of the War in South Africa (1900), ed. by Hugh Williams and Frederick C. Hicks, contrib. by Orange Free State and South African Republic (stable link)

Harry Bertoia, Printmaker (Nelson) New Online Books

Harry Bertoia, Printmaker: Monotypes and Other Monographics (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1988), by June Kompass Nelson (multiple formats with commentary at wayneopen.org)

Going Greek (Sanua) New Online Books

Going Greek: Jewish College Fraternities in the United States, 1895-1945 (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, c2003), by Marianne Rachel Sanua (multiple formats with commentary at wayneopen.org)

Harry Bertoia, Sculptor (Nelson) New Online Books

Harry Bertoia, Sculptor (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, c1970), by June Kompass Nelson (multiple formats with commentary at wayneopen.org)

The Diaries of Streynsham Master, 1675-1680, and Other Contemporary Papers Relating Thereto (Master) New Online Books

The Diaries of Streynsham Master, 1675-1680, and Other Contemporary Papers Relating Thereto (2 volumes; London: J. Murray, 1911), by Streynsham Master, ed. by Richard Carnac Temple (stable link)

The History of France (Crowe) New Online Books

The History of France (part of the "cabinet cyclopaedia"; 3 volumes; London: Printed for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1830-1831), by Eyre Evans Crowe (stable link)

The Feasts of Camelot, with the Tales That Were Told There (Hervey) New Online Books

The Feasts of Camelot, with the Tales That Were Told There (London: Bell and Daldy, 1863), by Mrs. T. K. Hervey (multiple formats at Google)

Lieder aus dem Dimbovitzathal (Vcrescu) New Online Books

Lieder aus dem Dimbovitzathal (in German; Bonn: E. Strauss, 1889), by Elena Vcrescu, trans. by Carmen Sylva (stable link)

Las Sonatas para Piano de Beethoven (Guardia) New Online Books

Las Sonatas para Piano de Beethoven: Su Historia y Analisis (in Spanish; Buenos Aires: Asociacin Wagneriana, 1922), by Ernesto de la Guardia (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)

Contested Justice (Vos) New Online Books

Contested Justice: The Politics and Practice of International Criminal Court Interventions (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2015), ed. by Christian M. de Vos, Sara Kendall, and Carsten Stahn, contrib. by Deirdre Clancy, Kamari Maxine Clarke, Peter Dixon, Jennifer S. Easterday, Laurel E. Fletcher, Judy Gitau, Matias Hellman, Pascal Kambale, Jeremy Kelley, Mark Kersten, David Koller, Patryk Labuda, Frdric Mgret, Mndez Juan E., Njonjo Mue, Michael A. Newton, Stephen Oola, Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Carsten Stahn, and Ruti G. Teitel (HTML and PDF files with commentary at Cambridge University Press)

Global Volcanic Hazards and Risk (Loughlin) New Online Books

Global Volcanic Hazards and Risk (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2015), ed. by Susan C. Loughlin, R. S. J. Sparks, Sarah K. Brown, Susanna F. Jenkins, and Charlotte Vye-Brown (PDF files with commentary at Cambridge University Press)

State of the Apes 2015 (Rainer) New Online Books

State of the Apes 2015: Industrial Agriculture and Ape Conservation (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2015), ed. by Helga Rainer, Alison White, and Annette Lanjouw (PDF files with commentary at Cambridge University Press)

The Horrid Sin of Man-Catching, Explained in a Sermon Upon Jer. 5, 25, 26 Preach'd at Colchester, July 10, 1681 (Hickeringill) New Online Books

The Horrid Sin of Man-Catching, Explained in a Sermon Upon Jer. 5, 25, 26 Preach'd at Colchester, July 10, 1681 (London: Printed for F. Smith, 1681), by Edmund Hickeringill (HTML at EEBO TCP)

Hurlothrumbo, or, the Super-Natural, As it is Acted in the New-Theatre, in the Hay-Market (Johnson) New Online Books

Hurlothrumbo, or, the Super-Natural, As it is Acted in the New-Theatre, in the Hay-Market (1729), by Samuel Johnson (multiple formats at Google)

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Orakei Korako on the Waikato, Charles Blomfield, 1885 The Lion of Chaeronea



Orakei Korako on the Waikato, Charles Blomfield, 1885

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Paws for Murder (A Pet Boutique Mystery #1) Any Good Book

Author:  Annie Knox
Genre:  Mystery

Mass Market Paperback; Digital Book
ISBN #:  9780451239501
Berkley Publishing
320 Pages
$7.99l; $2.99 Amazon
January 4, 2014



Izzy's own beloved pets are dressed to the nines for the grand opening of Trendy Tails.  Feisty feline Jinx is large and in charge, and happy mutt Packer is lapping up the attention.  Izzy and her best friend, Rena, have their hands full meeting Merryville's menagerie and serving tasty pupcakes and kitty canapes from their "barkery."  The last thing they need is Sherry Harper, the town's local activist, scaring off customers and getting tongues wagging by picketing the event.

The two manage to stop Sherry's protest in its tracks, but the trouble for Trendy Tails is just beginning.  Sherry is found murdered in the back of the shop, and Rena is immediately named as the lead suspect.  Now Izzy and her furry friends have a new pet project - collaring a killer.


When Izzy McHale's life falls apart because her doctor boyfriend decides to hightail it out of town with another woman, she decides to open a pet clothing store and 'barkery' with her friend Rena Hamilton, and she thinks everything is going to be fine.  But she doesn't count on Sherry Harper, trust fund baby and local activist, who thinks it's cruel to dress up pets, picketing on opening night.

When there is a set-to outside her store during the opening, she finds Sherry and her ex-boyfriend Nick in the middle of a heated argument.  After Rena successfully ends the fiasco, the party continues.  Later in the night when Izzy is taking out the trash she sees something near the dumpster...which turns out to be Sherry, quite dead indeed.

When Rena is suspected of the crime, Izzy realizes her best friend couldn't possibly be guilty and since she thinks the police aren't even looking for anyone else she opts to find the killer herself rather than see her friend jailed for something she didn't do...

Well, this book started out interesting enough with a conversation between Sherry and Izzy.  But the more I read, the m...

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Ancient Greek kyathos (wine-ladle) depicting a Dionysiac... The Lion of Chaeronea



Ancient Greek kyathos (wine-ladle) depicting a Dionysiac procession with dancing maenads and satyrs.  The inscription above names the potter as Nikosthenes.  Attributed to the N Painter; ca. 530 BCE.  Now in the National Gallery Prague -  Kinsk Palace.  Photo credit: Zde/Wikimedia Commons.

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Staff Picks: Sexy Pulp, Blockheaded Heroines, and Terrifying Trees The Paris Review

Virginie Despentess 90s feminist punk pulp fiction makes for the best summer readingall of her sparkling rage goes incandescent in the sunshine with a glass of something effervescent. Luckily, Feminist Press will be publishing Pretty Things (translated by Emma Ramadan) on August 14th. First published in France in 1998, its the story two identical twins: Claudine, the hyper-sexualized man-eating pretty one, and Pauline, the bitter reclusive smart one, who dresses in baggy sweaters and has never before shaved her legs. Beyond a body, the only thing the sisters seem to share is an explosive anger at men and a complete disdain for each other. When Pauline decides to impersonate Claudine, she pulls on the trappings of femininity like a heavy high camp drag routine, taking shaky steps through Pariss 18th arrondissement in Claudines high heels.

She never thought it was possible to go out like that without someone shouting, Wheres the costume party? Her appearance, legs on display, silhouette transformed. And no one realizes that shes not at all like that. For the first time she understands: No girl is like that.

Its pulp in every sense: propulsively readable, violent, sexy, with all the satisfaction of an inevitable ending. And yet its also a feminist parable, blunt and unrelenting in its wrath, and it feels as fresh now as it would have ten years ago. Despenteswho is also a cultural critic and filmmakerwas shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker International for Vernon Subutex, which will be coming out from FSG this fall. If you havent read her yet, its time to start at the beginning. Nadja Spiegelman

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Mrs. Charles Warren-Cram (Ella Brooks Carter), Giovanni Boldini,... The Lion of Chaeronea



Mrs. Charles Warren-Cram (Ella Brooks Carter), Giovanni Boldini, 1885

Friday, 13 July

23:00

Who Are You, Jack Whitten? The Paris Review

Born in Bessemer, Alabama, in 1939, Jack Whitten is celebrated for his innovative processes of applying paint to the surface of his canvases and transfiguring their material terrains. Although Whitten initially aligned with the New York circle of Abstract Expressionists active in the sixties, his work gradually distanced from the movements aesthetic philosophy and formal concerns and focused more intensely on the experimental aspects of process and technique that came to define his practice. For six decades, he kept a log as a private exercise, recording and processing the experiences and experiments of his art making as well as reflecting on the way his studio life intertwined with his daily life. In the extract below, he recollects living and working in sixties New York.

 

Jack Whitten in the early seventies on the corner of Broadway and Broome Street, New York, New York. Courtesy the estate of Jack Whitten.

 

My first studio in New York was a storefront at 369 East 10th Street between Avenue B and Avenue C. Stanleys Bar was on the corner of Avenue B at 12th Street. The Lower East Side in 1960 was a thriving young art community and Stanleys Bar was our favorite meeting place. Every night of the week I could speak with Ishmael Reed, Calvin C. Hernton, David Henderson, and other members of the Umbra Group of Poets and Writers. Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg often frequented the bar on off hours. Stanley, the Polish owner, knew Charlie Parker who was also a visitor in the early fifties. I loved to hear Stanleys stories about Charlie Parker spending hours playing the jukebox and playing Polish polkas!

Stanley, like Mike Fanelli who I would meet later in the sixties when I moved to the Lower West Side, was a friend of the artist. You could always get a hot meal on credit, cash a check without having a routine identification card; this was important because who had a bank account? The first time I ever showed a painting in public was at Stanleysa small group of collage paintings from 1963. The first painting I ever sold was to the superintendent of the building where my studio was: a Spanish fellow who often came in to admire wh...

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