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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Tears and snots for just one book so far

By Matthew Dicks | October 20, 2009

The Books on the Nightstand blog recently featured a post asking about the books that cause readers to cry. I am not one to cry while reading a book, with one notable exception. Love That…

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Life magazine for free!

By Matthew Dicks | October 20, 2009

Life magazine, 1935-1972, is now available online through Google Books. It joins Life magazine’s photo archive, also available courtesy of Google. I just spent an hour reading through issues from the 1940s and found the…

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This artificially-flavored book is not dedicated to you.

By Matthew Dicks | October 19, 2009

Sandra Boynton has become my favorite children’s author. Nothing makes me happier than reading one of her Pookie books to my daughter. One of our new favorites is her non-Pookie board book, But Not the…

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Zombies!

By Matthew Dicks | October 18, 2009

Check it out. A zombie wedding cake! Do you like it? In terms of unconventional and nonconforming things like this, I believe that people fall into one of three camps: 1. I love it! It’s…

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Water Street Books

By Matthew Dicks | October 18, 2009

I spent last night at Water Street Books in Exeter, NH, discussing Something Missing with enthusiastic readers. It’s a beautiful independent bookstore located along a quaint little street lined with shops and restaurants, and its…

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Not all books should be recorded

By Matthew Dicks | October 17, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are – a book I have never read consists of only ten sentences – yet it is the second most popular audiobook in the iTunes Music Store. Who purchases a ten-sentence…

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Giving hotdogs a bad name

By Matthew Dicks | October 17, 2009

Hotdogs are my second favorite food, but some things should not exist.

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Raven

By Matthew Dicks | October 17, 2009

I wrote about group descriptors in the animal world a while ago—words like a murder of crows and a pride of lions. I also proposed a few of my own, which I did not like…

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Ten-year-old genius

By Matthew Dicks | October 16, 2009

In the spirit of Connie Wanek’s “Radiator” and William Carlos Williams’s “The Red Wheelbarrow,” I challenged my students to identify a topic that no poet has ever written about before. One of my kids came…

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Old fashioned book burning

By Matthew Dicks | October 16, 2009

A Baptist Church in Canton, NC, is hosting a good old-fashioned “Halloween book burning” to purge the area of Satan’s works, including all non-King James Bible versions, popular books by many religious authors, and even…

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