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Forsyth’s “A Short History of Drunkenness”: The Importance of Handling the Buzz

Americans in Paris celebrate the repeal of the 18th Amendment. Unknown /w New York Times, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons, 1933. Who would think to write a history of drunkenness, and what is there to say?   That’s what I thought when I ran across this bizarre little book, but as it turns out, people have …

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“The Pickup” Picks Up the Story: Nadine Gordimer’s Take on the Post Apartheid Generation in South Africa

Why I Read The Pickup A couple of weeks ago, I found myself with a hole in my scheduled where an installment of “Bedtime Short Stories” was supposed to go, and I wasn’t sure that I was going to have time to read something new.  I had a brainwave and decided to go with Nadine …

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Get “Stoned” by Aja Raden and Learn about the Compulsion to Hoard

I got interested in reading Stoned because it’s just not everyday that you pick up a nonfiction book, or any book, and see a blurb from Madonna on the cover.  It’s also a great title, especially since the book is mostly about gemstones but a little bit about spices, which people apparently used to get …

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