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  • The Siren's Call: What really happened to the Knights Templar?

    The Siren's Call: What really happened to the Knights Templar?
    The Templars were an elite taskforce -- consider them the Green Berets of the Middle Ages. They were known for their service to the pope, their fierce determination to wrest Jerusalem from the enemy, their great wealth and, like many groups, their secrecy.
  • Paperback Writers: Henry Miller's Grecian days

    Paperback Writers: Henry Miller's Grecian days
    In 1939, with Europe already sinking into World War II, 46-year-old Henry Miller left Paris, knowing that a cycle of his life had come to an end. As an expatriate in Paris he'd found his voice, and published the novels — "Tropic of Cancer," "Black...

    George Whitman dies at 98; founder of legendary Paris bookshop

    George Whitman dies at 98; founder of legendary Paris bookshop
    George Whitman, the legendary founder of the Paris bookshop and literary institution Shakespeare & Co., died Wednesday. He was 98. The Left Bank bookshop was closed Wednesday, and a note on the door said Whitman had suffered a stroke a few months...

    'The 351 Books of Irma Arcuri' by David Bajo

    'The 351 Books of Irma Arcuri' by David Bajo
    The 351 Books of Irma Arcuri A Novel David Bajo Viking: 290 pp., $25.95 Literature transforms. If you are the type to get lost in a book, if the surrounding world comes to a complete halt when you read, if the words on the page come alive, a book...