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The Publisher Says: The Prophet provides everything for the Flock, demanding absolute devotion in return. Before allowing men to wed, they must serve Him, which they do willingly to get their brides. There’s only one…

Richard Derus (ExpendableMudge) digs into five noir thrillers by Georges Simenon that are perfect for your Memorial Day travels.

Most really serious mystery readers are familiar with Georges Simenon’s Inspector Maigret. The series ran for 75 books, after all, and from my experience with it, you can pick up any one of them and go from there, with no loss of understanding. …

Paul Fell tells the truth in this 2015 cartoon

It’s February already? I thought it was moving too fast until I thought about what was passing with the time: each day behind us is another day closer to the end of this political nightmare. That’s a good and heartening thought, don’t you agree?

The kind of protest I’m physically incapable of, and why I promote #ReadingIsResistance

It was not a happy week chez moi. Friday’s inauguration felt to me like an enshrinement of the kakistocracy that, from the 2010 midterm victories of the Teabillies, has steadily entrenched itself in US institutions created to oppose it. My book-review blog’s 2017 focus, promoting the realization that #ReadingIsResistance to…


  1. Lose the 10 pounds I must have gained while eating stuffing, potatoes, peas, stuffing, cranberry sauce, stuffing, a good half-dozen pears, stuffing, and the tiniest sliver of dark meat I could locate. Also stuffing.
Cornbread and sausage stuffing (nope, not dressing, stuffing!)

2. Get up and move! Long Island is enjoying seasonable weather. A cold snap gifted…

By Richard Derus (ExpendableMudge)

Richard Derus talks up 5 stunning novels that he’s thankful were published this year.

It’s the Turkey Holocaust again! I love everything about this meal, except the turkey — No fan of dinosaur meat, me — and the family. Stuffing, brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie: all those are a go for my dinner plate. My solitary-except-for-a-book dinner plate.

Almost 49 million US residents…


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