How American Cities Got Their Libraries – CityLab

A visual exploration of how a critical piece of social infrastructure came to be.

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Wolfgang Puck Dishes on 25 Years of Governors Ball – Variety

The evening of March 24, 2002, was unseasonably cool in Los Angeles. It was the night of the 74th Academy Awards, and the first to be held at the newly completed Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. As the …

Source: Wolfgang Puck Dishes on 25 Years of Governors Ball – Variety

Depression Symptoms Can Include Anger, And That’s Often Misunderstood : Shots – Health News : NPR

Physicians have been taught to look for signs of hopelessness, sadness and lack of motivation to help them diagnose depression. But anger as a depression symptom is less often noticed or addressed.

Source: Depression Symptoms Can Include Anger, And That’s Often Misunderstood : Shots – Health News : NPR

What old story about yourself do you still believe? |

Many of us hold deeply ingrained beliefs about ourselves that are simply not true. You can start to free yourself from them by editing your narrative, says psychiatrist John Sharp.

Watch the YouTube video: https://youtu.be/MN_zmzKT2Wk

Source: What old story about yourself do you still believe? |

The Art and Science of Pet Behavior: They’re Not People | San Diego Humane Society

Maybe when you were little, your parents said to you, “Will you please just behave?” They were talking about your socialization. Socialization is a big word, and when applied to cats an…

Source: The Art and Science of Pet Behavior: They’re Not People | San Diego Humane Society

36 Hours in Scottsdale – The New York Times

Frank Lloyd Wright built Taliesin West, his winter retreat and architecture school where he adapted his organic Prairie style to the Sonoran Desert.CreditJohn Burcham for The New York Times

Frank Lloyd Wright built Taliesin West, his winter retreat and architecture school where he adapted his organic Prairie style to the Sonoran Desert.CreditJohn Burcham for The New York Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good travel article, nearby Las Vegas.. Scottsdale, Arizona.. and Frank Lloyd Wright house, too…

Book Review: Verses for the Dead

Verses for the Dead (Pendergast, #18)Verses for the Dead by Douglas Preston

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Some *spoilers* here: be warned:

I looked forward to another Pendergast novel, having read them all, and all the standalone novels by the authors, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. But, parts seemed roughly written, digressions to stretch things out rather than deepen and enhance the actual story.

The things behind the killer seemed vague, and never really understood “Action,” or “Journey” or whatever. It would have been useful and interesting to see one of those in flashback, to clarify some of that. I don’t see the hearts on graves as explained, nor the name, Mr. Lonelyhearts. Pieces seem not to fit together very well in the backstory, at least to me.

Some seemed to enjoy the taxi ride, but I found it not fitting any important part of the story –long, a digression, didn’t see the point. Unless I missed it, no reason why Pendergast didn’t talk with Constance during this story; it was setup he would, but no payoff.

The ending to me, was difficult to follow, how the agent shot and under muck, mud, and water survived during the gunfight and escape for Pendergast who then gets to him “just in time.”

I found the narration frustrating –who is telling the story? I know they avoid 1st person (from Pendergast’s POV), but I find him the most interesting part of the series, and yet he’s always observed from the outside. I imagine the new agent and Smithback will reappear to handle POV from that distance, outside view of Pendergast.

I guess I was hoping for more, and was overall disappointed at the end.

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