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  1. A lovely day in Paris, a mysterious Irish past–and I found it all in a refrigerator.

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    January 19, 2016 by Reader's Connection

    Anne Korkeakivi is the wife of a human-rights lawyer with the United Nations. She has lived in France and Finland, and as of 2012 lived in Switzerland. Perhaps it’s no…


  2. Origins of the Dream

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    January 15, 2016 by Reader's Connection

    Last year on Martin Luther King Day, Jr. Day, I linked to Danez Smith’s poem, “Dinosaurs in the Hood,” on my wildly personal theory that King would have liked it.…


  3. In a just city, would robots be treated as slaves?

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    December 31, 2015 by Reader's Connection

    In Jo Walton’s 2014 novel The Just City, the goddess Athene decides to see what would happen if a new city were set up along the rules that Plato put…


  4. There are lessons for long-term relationships in the way that Manet approached asparagus.

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    December 29, 2015 by Reader's Connection

    I’m quoting Alain de Botton and John Armstrong, the authors of Art As Therapy. They feel that we approach art all wrong. As their book’s title implies, artworks should be…


  5. Ingmar Bergman & Rob Lowe & Janet Leigh & Derek Jeter, together at last

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    December 28, 2015 by Reader's Connection

    The year is rapidly approaching its end, and I’m supposed to read a couple of self-help books as a part of the Read Harder Challenge. I read David Thomson’s How…


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