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Lionel Casson, Everyday Life in Ancient Rome

June 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

Lionel Casson
Everyday Life in Ancient Rome
The John Hopkins University Press
reviewed by Gary Levinson

A wonderful and wonderfully written book about the Roman empire, especially in the first two centuries of our era.  Wonderful, because Keep reading →

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Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Nord

June 20th, 2012 · No Comments

Louis-Ferdinand Céline
Editions Gallimard 1960
reviewed ny Gary Levinson

WoW! I thought when Céline explained what was going on after the first 50 or so pages. There IS something of interest here!  I had almost been ready to give Keep reading →

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Louis-Ferdinand Celine, Casse-pipe

June 20th, 2012 · No Comments

Louis-Ferdinand Celine
reviewed by Gary Levinson
Editions Gallimard 1952

Casse-pipe is the story of a volunteer who joins the French army in the years  just before the first world war.  Although a novel, it is based Keep reading →

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Michel Tournier, Le Fétichiste

June 6th, 2012 · No Comments

Michel Tournier
Le Fétichiste
Un acte pour un homme seul

Gallimard 1997
reviewed by Gary Levinson

Le Fétichiste is an almost one person play consisting of a monologue in which the actor in quite lucid terms, explains to us how Keep reading →

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When hiring a home repair contractor

October 3rd, 2011 · No Comments

Here are some points to keep in mind when hiring a home repair contractor: Keep reading →

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The (unfortunate) repetition of bad experiences….

October 3rd, 2011 · No Comments

It’s just too easy not-to-remember unpleasant occurrences: Keep reading →

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Boris Vian; L’écume des jours

July 19th, 2011 · No Comments

Boris Vian
L’écume des jours
Pauvert, Paris 1947
reviewed by Gary Levinson

L’écume des Jours is a story of devotion. Although Raymond Queneau called it Keep reading →

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Results: Eurovision Song Contest 2011

May 14th, 2011 · No Comments

Results:  Eurovision Song Contest 2011

We’ve been had!  Watching the results of the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 was a real jaw dropper.  The best acts of the evening Keep reading →

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Ferrari FF – exterior styling & 4WD

April 4th, 2011 · No Comments

Renowned collector and enthusiast Bruce Barr speaks with Gary Levinson (with additional comments byF1 enthusiast Michael Karr.)

Gary Levinson: I was really disappointed when I saw the Ferrari FF. Upon seeing it for the first time, I thought it was a new version of the BMW Z3 coupe! It’s really uninspiring. And what’s worse Keep reading →

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Quick Reviews of Raymond Queneau’s Written Works

February 5th, 2010 · No Comments

A quick review of the works of Raymond Queneau
By Gary Levinson

Raymond Queneau was one of the most creative and internationally influential French authors of the 20st century.  Here are some concise reviews of his works:

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