Sunday, June 10, 2007

This Week in Reading June 10 -16

Along with a trio of Nobel Prizewinners this week, (Saul Bellow, Yasunari Kawabata, William Butler Yeats), there may be some other very fine writers who may yet win one. And if there ever was a Nobel Prize for mystery writers Dorothy Sayers would surely have won one. Certainly, if there was one for quotations year after year, before Nobel even lived, John Bartlett would have deserved one too.

However, the week that includes Flag Day is as significant for the democratic milestones that happened as well as the literary ones. Just as the author list has lawyers, businessmen and presidential candidates, and Nat Hentoff, one of the most outspoken and reasonable free speech advocates of his time, the event list includes the birthday of Anne Frank who reminds us what freedom is, and the signing of the Magna Carta which still informs our concepts of freedom.

This Week's Question: Which of this week's authors called William Shakespeare "an upstart crow?"

Answer to Last Week's Question: The first guest Bill Moyers interviewed on his new weekly program, Bill Moyers Journal, was Jon Stewart of the Daily Show. If you can get yourself away from that night's Daily Show, the next gathering of people at the Glendale Central Library to discuss issues raised as Moyers Talkers is Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 7:00 PM in the upstairs Computer Learning Center.

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