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Sense and Nonsensibility: Lampoons of Learning and Literature
Sense and Nonsensibility: Lampoons of Learning and Literature
by Lawrence Douglas
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mildly Funny, Mostly sophomoric, December 28, 2005
I *am* an academic--in the humanities, no less--and I found this only mildly funny. At times it is clever and interesting, at times just juvenile. Most of the time, the authors are trying too hard. And I never once laughed out loud (although Anne Fadiman claims that she did in her blurb on the back). This book is primarily a parody of the type of literary criticism that is already a parody of itself.


The Muppet Movie: Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition
The Muppet Movie: Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, the Muppets Really are 50 years old, November 28, 2005
The Muppet Movie may represent the peak of Muppet Mania. It's a film with humor and heart. But the Muppets began long before this. Here's a brief history from the Museum of Broadcasting History:

The Muppets' TV history starts long before Sesame Street. From 1955 to 1961, Henson's Sam and Friends, a five-minute live show, aired twice nightly on WRC-TV, Washington, D.C. Sam and Friends afforded Kermit's debut; it also featured several Muppets that didn't make the cut for The Muppet Show. In 1961 the Muppets began making regular guest appearances on NBC's Today. The following year, Rowlf made his debut in a Purina dog food commercial; in 1963, the affable canine began regular appearances on The Jimmy Dean Show. The Muppets also made regular appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show from 1966 to 1971. In 1975, the year Henson formed an agreement with Lord Lew Grade to produce 24 episodes of The Muppet Show, he also created an entirely new set of Muppets who were featured on Saturday Night Live in its first season.

This film is a fitting tribute to Jim Henson's remarkable career.


Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
by J. K. Rowling
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Time to Choose Up Sides, June 28, 2005
After learning first hand that Lord Voldemort has returned to power, Harry must face a wizarding world that is becoming increasing doubtful of Harry's story and suspicious of Dumbledore's credibility as headmaster of Hogwarts. As Harry learns of a secret organization to combat Voldemort and his followers, he is hounded by accusations and school and in the media that his is telling stories to get attention. As the Ministry of Magic becomes increasingly hostile towards Dumbledore and all who support him, Harry and his friends find themselves under the scrutiny of Dolores Umbrage, the new head of Hogwarts. Each book gets darker and darker.


The Meridian Anthology of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Plays by Women
The Meridian Anthology of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Plays by Women
by Katharine M. Rogers
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars If You Read Restoration Drama at All, You'll Want to Review These Titles, June 28, 2005
Right, Restoration drama (1660-1700) is probably an acquired taste--even on the stage. So you would probably want to start your reading of Restoration drama with a more general anthology. But if you have a general understanding of the standard plays and want to know about significant plays by women, then this is the book for you. Includes the following: Aphra Behn, Sir Patient Fancy; Mary Griffith Pix, The Spanish Wives; Susanna Centlivre, A Bold Stroke for a Wife; Mercy Otis Warren, The Group; Frances Burney, The Witlings; Hannah Cowley, The Belle's Stratagem; Elizabeth Inchbald, Such Things Are.


Introduction to poetry (A Mentor book MY 1076)
Introduction to poetry (A Mentor book MY 1076)
by Burton Raffel
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4.0 out of 5 stars Overview of Poetry from a Thougthful Poet, June 28, 2005
This is an excellent overview of poetry, but it would probably be inaccurate to call this an introduction. Although Raffel avoids using a lot of technical terms (and defines in the text those that he does use), this book assumes a fair degree of prior knowledge of English literature. This book is no textbook; it doesn't provide a systematic introduction to poetic form. But what it does provide is an overview on poetry from a thoughtful poet, translator, and critic. Because he is a translator, Raffel provides examples from poets from Japan, Vietnam, and Indonesia as well as traditional English and American poets. Raffel is at his best when he is discussing the rhyme and music of poetry, which for him is the essence of poetry. He writes that if the poet Adoes not give musicality, some shape, it does not exist as a poemCand he is no poet.@


Our Language
Our Language
by Simeon Potter
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Introduction to the English Language, June 28, 2005
This review is from: Our Language (Paperback)
This is an excellent brief introduction to the English language. Potter tells the story of the development of English from its Old English roots to the modern day. He also devotes chapters to English phonetics, morphology, syntax, etymology, usage, slang/dialect, names, and American/British differences. Many of the examples are dated because the book was first published in 1951, but even these dated examples provide an interesting view into the language (such as what was slang in 1950). I particularly liked the chapters on the Renaissance and on the sentence. Even the reprint is out of print, so get it used or at the library.


The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook
by David Borgenicht
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Leave Home Without It, June 28, 2005
"The indispensable, indestructible guide for surviving life's sudden turns for the worse. Survival experts provide illustrated, step-by-step instructions on what you need to know fast: how to fend off a shark, how to take a punch, how to deliver a baby in a taxicab, how to survive a poisonous snake attack, how to jump from a moving care, how to identify a bomb, how to escape killer bees, how to survive if your parachute fails to open, and dozens of other dire situations." What more could you want? Just don't try this at home.


A Redwall Winter's Tale
A Redwall Winter's Tale
by Brian Jacques
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Glimpse at the World of Redwall, June 28, 2005
This short tale is illustrated by Christopher Denise, who also illustrated The Great Redwall Feast. Denise does a wonderful job of capturing the characters and mood of the Redwall world. In this tale, traveling players visit the abbey and perform at a feast marking the last day of autumn. The dibbuns hear a bedtime tale of the Snow Badger, the lord of winter. Later the Snow Badger visits the abbey grounds with his army of snow hares to bring the first winter's snow. This book should be enjoyable to fans of the series and the TV show.


Great Government Goofs: Over 350 Loopy Laws, Hilarious Screw-Ups and Acts-Idents of Congress
Great Government Goofs: Over 350 Loopy Laws, Hilarious Screw-Ups and Acts-Idents of Congress
by Leland Gregory
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Write your Congressman!, June 28, 2005
A friend of mine who works for the Department of Education bought me this book after my first trip to DC. I was shocked at how the government sometimes runs. It's true that many of these stories are taken out of context, but it's still an enjoyable (if frustrating) look at government waste. This author has written several books about phenomenally stupid people.


Sophie's World: A Novel about the History of Philosophy
Sophie's World: A Novel about the History of Philosophy
by Jostein Gaarder
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Introduction to Philosophical Ideas--especially for young people, June 28, 2005
In a novel with echoes of Through the Looking Glass, a young girl begins to receive philosophy lessons from a mysterious stranger.


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