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  • Fine line

    [Scottish essayist and historian Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)] never spoke before the age of three, when, hearing his younger brother cry, he said "What ails wee Jock?"...from Bertrand Russell's "An Outline of Philosophy," (1927).A vague memory of this earliest
  • Karl Marx, Harper Lee sold big in 2011

    Someone paid more than $50,000 for Karl Marx's classic critique of Capitalism, while a signed copy of "To Kill a Mockingbird" sold for $25,000, two big online sales of used books in 2011.

    Book review: 'The Great American Stickup' by Robert Scheer

    Book review: 'The Great American Stickup' by Robert Scheer
    Robert Scheer is a journalist in the gadfly tradition of Lincoln Steffens, I. F. Stone and Seymour Hersh. His latest book, "The Great American Stickup," blames the "captains of finance" for causing the 2008 "meltdown" of the global economy in the first...

    Thoughts from Dr. Joe: An American patriot

    Thoughts from Dr. Joe: An American patriot
    I am stirred by the thought of chivalry. A devotion to ideals beyond our own self-interest is man's dominant quest. I think of Cervantes' immortal hero Don Quixote and his aria, "One man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of...

    Thoughts from Dr. Joe: Reflections on a Christmas recital

    My mother taught piano lessons. In 1930 she had her own radio show in Monongah, W. Va. Under her tutelage, I mastered “Chop Sticks,” “Heart and Soul” and just about any doo-wop melody. Years later, I was the darling of every dive...