Favorite Reads of 2023


Somewhere between 500K-1M new books are formally published annually.  It’s a book lover’s conundrum that we can barely scratch the surface of great reads, niche and mainstream, from year to year.  What kept you turning pages late into the night in 2023? Which ones were you thinking about long after slipping the tome away on a shelf, filing it away on your Kindle, or the...

on Author intent and sanitizing history


From NZ Herald: “Classic children’s books by author Roald Dahl have been partly rewritten to remove language now deemed too offensive. References to people being “fat” and “ugly” have been removed from much-loved works including Matilda, The BFG and James and the Giant Peach. The Oompa Loompas from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are also now gender-neutral. “ I have mixed feelings...

QOD: What have been your best overseas travel destinations?


I’m always in search of a great museum exhibit or gallery show, scoping out any stray Monet in every city I visit. So it makes capital cities a first stop in any new country — or US state, for that matter — that I visit. Berlin is a fabulous mashup of architecture history, cultures from across Europe, and an amazing arts scene of all kinds. One travel writer would prefer you hit...

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