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The Harlequin Duck of which I've never heard before, is now a subject I have added to my knowledge base and who can say if I'll ever use this bit of trivia?
By the way, some of you might be acquainted with Harley Quinn a curious character in the Batman comics -- or not.
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My recent selection from a list of Books To Read is The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath which I am now reading in bed each night before falling to sleep. I'm nearly finished with it, and must say that I am not at all impressed, even though almost everything I've ever read about it glows with praise. Perhaps after having read the entire book and musing on it I will change my mind, but you should not hold your breath in anticipation of that.
Next to be read is The Good Man Jesus And The Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman, which is now resting on the corner of my bedside table.
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At The Writer's Almanac a couple days ago I read an amusing anecdote about the author Michael Crichton and thought I'd mention it here and provide a link in case some of the readers might like to see it.
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Kurt Vonnegut in an address to the American Physical Society said, "I was perplexed as to what the usefulness of any of the arts might be, with the possible exception of interior decoration. The most positive notion I could come up with was what I call the canary-in-the-coal-mine theory of the arts. This theory argues that artists are useful to society because they are so sensitive. They are super sensitive. They keel over like canaries in coal mines filled with poison gas, long before more robust types realize that any danger is there."