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Uncle Tom’s SERE

Was Uncle Tom’s Cabin written by a feminine hand? No, it was written by Harriet Beecher’s toe. For years, pretty much all I knew about Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the novel, was that it existed.  Important in the social history of … Continue reading

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In-Door Amusements

My friends, I invite your attention to Modern pastime, or, In-door amusements including ventriloquism–parlour magic–elementary gymnastics–billiards–fun, and flirtation, forfeits, etc., etc. published by Frederick Warne in 1871. If you turn to page 30, the opening of the section on Parlour … Continue reading

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Fifty Shades of Grape

I see from the posters outside my local cinema (local = forty-five minute drive in good weather, assuming no logging trucks) that the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey is about to hit the screen. As it happens, a while … Continue reading

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Urges

Some day the urge may come to you. You’ll say to yourself, “Why not watch Little Dead Rotting Hood“? There you’ll be in the video-rental place, and there it’ll be on the shelf right in front of you. The money … Continue reading

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