Schulz and Peanuts

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Morning Edition on NPR today interviewed David Michaelis, author of the new book Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography.
Michaelis's book states that the Peanuts strip strongly reflected Schulz's own life. I don't find that surprising but Michalis biography is controversial particularly with the Schulz family who feel that the book presents him less positively than they believe correct.
I'm looking forward to reading the book. It seems like Charlie Brown has been around me forever.
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Alan Greenspan - Economist, Fed Chairman, Blogger?

He's a legend. A veritable deity in the business pantheon. A man whose words were scripture for bankers and the financial warriors of Wall Street. And now, the venerable former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan is blogging.

Well, sort of, anyway. Greenspan's only actually made one entry, and it seems to be primarily to promote his new book. But it not unprecedented for economists to turn books into blogs. Or in some cases, even blogs into books.

He's Not There

Todd Haynes new biopic of Bob Dylan, “I’m Not There”, debuted Tuesday at the Venice Film Festival to general praise, with critics giving some of the most favorable reviews to actress Cate Blanchett who, along with several other stars (including Heath Ledger, Richard Gere), channels the chameleon-like Mr. Zimmerman during one of the many phases of his career. If the idea of multiple actors playing Dylan is a bit too surreal for you, consider that both D. A. Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back and Martin Scorsese’s No Direction Home—both excellent documentaries—also had trouble pinning down the changling Dylan. In his long and brilliant career Dylan created and abandoned musical styles, looks, even his voice, captivating or alienating his audience along the way but always taking us into new territory.

Imagining a Life

What role does the author’s imagination play in writing a biography? What role should it play?

Author Beverly Lowry discussed this issue and her recent biography, Harriet Tubman: Imagining a Life on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show.

If you missed Wednesday’s show, you can listen to the segment online.

Read the book? What did you think of Lowry's approach?

A bittersweet goodbye for Mr. Blair

Tomorrow, an event will occur that hasn't happened in fourteen years: the United Kindgdom will have a new Prime Minister. Tony Blair will relinquish his post to Chancellor Gordon Brown.

As noted in NPR's Morning Edition, Blair's ascension was greeted with the hope of a new era for Britain. But despite his accomplishments, Blair's legacy may be forever marked by his decision to join President Bush in waging the Iraq War.

For a rundown of Blair's premiership, check out the BBC's ongoing coverage of Blair's time in office and Gordon Brown's succession.
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As in no-hitter, no-way were they getting on base, no-way was Ordonez missing that final catch. 12, count 'em, 12 strikeouts for Justin Verlander in the first home game Detroit Tigers no-hitter since Virgil Truck's in 1952 (Truck had 2 no-hitters that season.) Is Verlander a future Hall of Famer? We could go on. Heck, let's go on ...

Theodore Was Here


100 years ago this week, Teddy Roosevelt, the 2nd greatest president of the 20th century (after his cousin Franklin) addressed the Michigan Legislature. The Michigan Library and Historical Center will commemorate President Roosevelt’s visit with a 2-day tribute that includes an address by H.W. Brands, author of T.R.: The Last Romantic, a reenactment of the speech in the Michigan Senate chambers and a special appearance by the President’s great-grandson, Tweed Roosevelt. Other recommended books on Teddy are The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris and River of Doubt by Candace Millard.

Doggy Love

John Grogan adapted his New York Times best-selling memoir Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog for a younger audience in two books released in May. Bad Dog, Marley!, intended for ages 3-7, is a picture book that illustrates how mischievous, and yet how irrefutably indispensable, a young pup can be. Marley: A Dog Like No Other, meant for ages 8-12, is a “kid friendly” version of Marley & Me. Grogan is also in the digital world with a website devoted to Marley and our other four-legged friends. On the site, learn more about Grogan, peruse his blog, and read other doggy stories!

Duke's 100th Birthday


Saddle up, pardner and celebrate the original dudester's 100th birthday this Saturday, May 26th. John Wayne started in movies in 1926 and starred in some of the best American movies ever made, especially when the Duke teamed up with John Ford. Don't miss The Searchers, Red River and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. Your favorite?

The lives of others

May 16 is Biographers Day, the anniversary of the meeting in London on May 16, 1763 between James Boswell and Samuel Johnson. Boswell is one of the first
writers to be known primarily as a biographer and his work, Life of Samuel Johnson, is regarded as a model of biographical writing. It is also a testament to his fortitude in pursuing Johnson who was known for his biting wit and sullen nature as evidenced by this characteristic quote: "Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully."

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