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Calibre E-Book Manager…


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Date: March 13, 2019

01) Calibre E-Book Manager

02) About calibre

“calibre is a powerful and easy to use e-book manager. Users say it’s outstanding and a must-have. It’ll allow you to do nearly everything and it takes things a step beyond normal e-book software. It’s also completely free and open source and great for both casual users and computer experts.”

I finally just got the most recent version of Calibre installed on this PC…

…I’ll be totally up front…It’s been years since I used this software…and that was a much earlier version…It did work well, for transferring e-books into different file formats [including PDF]…but, I’ve not tried much of anything with this latest version.

I’m out of the loop…so, I cannot offer any real advice on using this software…I still wanted to share the link.

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Oscar Wilde: His Life and Confessions…


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Date: March 09, 2019

01) Oscar Wilde: His Life and Confessions

“LibriVox recording of Oscar Wilde: His Life and Confessions, by Frank Harris. Read by Martin Geeson.

Consumers of biography are familiar with the division between memoirs of the living or recently dead written by those who “knew” the subject more or less intimately, and the more objective or scholarly accounts produced by later generations.

In the case of Wilde, as presented to us by Frank Harris, we are in a way doubly estranged from the subject. We meet with Oscar the charismatic talker, whose tone of voice can never be reproduced – even if a more scrupulous biographer had set down his words accurately – and we are perhaps already aware of him as Wilde the self-destructive celebrity who uneasily fills the place of the premier gay icon and martyr in our contemporary view.

Neither of these images will do. We need to read as many accounts as possible. Harris, though himself a self-advertising literary and sexual buccaneer, takes a wincingly representative view of Wilde’s homophile activity: for him it is a patrician excrescence, the abominable vice of the few, contracted at English boarding schools – though thankfully “not infectious” as far as he himself is concerned.

What a long road we have to travel to arrive at the essentially gay man of today! But there are many shortcuts to take us back to where we came from… (Summary by Martin Geeson)”

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Kindle Release: Michael Jackson’s Dangerous Liaisons: Arvizo, Barnes, Bhatti, Chandler, Culkin… The A-Z of All the King’s Boys by “Carl Toms”…


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Date: March 06, 2019

01) Michael Jackson’s Dangerous Liaisons: Arvizo, Barnes, Bhatti, Chandler, Culkin… The A-Z of All the King’s Boys Kindle Edition

“Michael Jackson’s Dangerous Liaisons is the perfect follow-up to Leaving Neverland. Whereas Dan Reed’s stunning TV documentary homed in on the megastar’s intense “love affairs” with just two young boys, this new e-book version of Carl Toms’ masterpiece gives a staggeringly wider, deeper and fuller picture. Toms introduces us to more than a score of Michael’s young friends – including over a dozen boys who were clearly in “special” relationships. In addition to the most well known names, such as Macaulay Culkin, Jordie Chandler, Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck, we meet many others (including a couple of young princes Michael wooed, one German, one British!) in the course of a comprehensive survey that amounted to a massive 624 pages in the print edition.

Carl Toms spent many years researching the megastar’s ‘boy-love’. He delves deeply into the sources of Michael’s enigmatic identity, soul and genius while keeping a sceptical eye on the assumptions and values of the King’s detractors. Toms’ is the only book to examine thoroughly Michael’s trial on child abuse charges without losing sight of the increasingly well documented but surprisingly little known or understood facts about earlier allegations. It exposes the falsity of persistent efforts to whitewash the record by inventing for Michael a phoney ‘normal’, or ‘plain vanilla gay’, sexuality. The author probes Michael’s intense identification with Peter Pan, the eternal boy, acknowledging the profound significance of this attachment but discarding the welter of dated Freudian psychobabble it has spawned. Refusing to settle for the easy clichés about Michael’s ‘lost childhood’, Toms examines groundbreaking research into intimate man-boy contacts in order to illuminate the real nature of Michael’s ‘dangerous liaisons’ and the surprising challenge they present to our moral certainties.

Reviews:

“The most engaging, informed, and generous-hearted book we have on the subject or are likely ever to have. I recommend this book strongly.”
Professor James R Kincaid, University of Southern California

“Hard to put down, despite its heft. The style is conversational, engaging, and inviting. It read almost like a mystery story in parts; I couldn’t wait to find out how the next part would be resolved.”
Dr Pega Ren, sexologist

“It’s fantastic…a tome of astute analysis.”
Desirée Hill, specialist blogger on Michael Jackson

“Toms tells the story… in all its larger-than-life drama and tragedy, with the pace of a natural storyteller. This book kept me gripped throughout….”
Vitaly, Amazon customer review

“…fascinating, challenging and discomfiting. Anyone wanting to understand Michael Jackson will need to read it.”
J. Michael Bailey, professor of psychology, Northwestern University”

I purchased a physical copy of this book, soon after it’s release…and it was a captivating read [which I still owe a long overdue book review for].

This Kindle edition only costs five dollars, U.S…which is a phenomenal value.

If you at all appreciate level headed, honest assessments of intergenerational man/boy love…then please support this work, with a purchase of it.

I understand the author is taking a substantial loss, in offering his work at such a low price…It would be good, if we all chipped in and showed our appreciation.

This is my second purchase of the book…and I’m happy to do so, as I think this will help me get on with a second reading of it…which I need, before I can do a competent book review…because it’s been so long, since I’ve read it.

I’m looking forward to my second reading…and greatly recommend this book.

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Stephen King On Twilight, 50 Shades of Grey, Lovecraft & More [2012]…


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Date: March 06, 2019

01) Stephen King On Twilight, 50 Shades of Grey, Lovecraft & More (55:51)


“Stephen King speaks on a number of topics and takes questions from students, faculty and others in a “Master’s Class” before a bigger event at UMass Lowell. King also premiered a new story, “Afterlife””


Stephen King Premieres “Afterlife” at UMass Lowell:

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Librivox: The Adventures of Pinocchio…


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Date: December 21, 2017

01) The Adventures of Pinocchio

“The Adventures of Pinocchio is a novel for children by Italian author Carlo Collodi (here transl. by Carol della Chiesa). The first half was published in serial form between 1881 and 1883, and then completed as a book for children in February 1883. It is about the mischievous adventures of Pinocchio, an animated marionette, and his poor father, a woodcarver named Geppetto. It is considered a classic of children’s literature and has spawned many derivative works of art, such as Disney’s classic 1940 animated movie of the same name, and commonplace ideas, such as a liar’s long nose.
(Summary from Wikipedia)”

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The War of the Worlds…


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Date: October 31, 2017

01) Librivox: The War of the Worlds

“Librivox recording of The War of the Worlds, by H. G. Wells.

H. G. Wells wrote The War of the Worlds in 1898, when there was much speculation about life on the planet Mars. The book is considered to be one of the first science fiction novels. In the story, an English gentleman narrates the events of a violent and fast paced Martian invasion.

The frightening images of people fleeing from gigantic tripod machines and the prospect of life under Martial rule have served as a bottomless well of inspiration for popular culture. The novel has served as a template for many derivative or inspired works, including comics, countless books, a tv series, several films, a bestselling musical, and the famous Orson Wells broadcast. Overall, The War of the Worlds has become an early milestone in and inspiration for the invasion genre.

The novel demonstrates Wells’ typical pessimistic outlook on human nature and offers a good deal of critisism on society and people’s ignorance and vanity. The War of the Worlds can be read as an indictment of European colonial actions around the globe at that time – with which the injustice of the Martian invasion can be compared. Wells has since been credited with predicting quite a number of technologies, such as laser-like rays, industrial robot-like machines, and chemical-warfare.
(Summary by Stephan Möbius and Annie Coleman)”

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Collected Public Domain Works of H. P. Lovecraft…


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Date: October 25, 2017

01) Librivox: Collected Public Domain Works of H. P. Lovecraft

“LibriVox recording of Public Domain Works of H. P. Lovecraft.

H. P. Lovecraft’s name is synonymous with horror fiction. His major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: the idea that life is incomprehensible to human minds and that the universe is fundamentally alien. This collection contains 24 Lovecraft works that are in the public domain. You’ll find more versions of these stories throughout LibriVox’s short story collections and short horror story collections. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia.)”

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The Phantom of the Opera…


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Date: October 20, 2017

01) Librivox: The Phantom of the Opera

“LibriVox recording of The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux.

An old theatre under new management; a diva who thinks she can sing; a young ingenue who really can; a masked man who wreaks havoc if he doesn’t get his own way. Secrets, intrigues, falling chandeliers! The Phantom of the Opera is here! (Summary by Karen Savage)”

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God Is Not Great – Christopher Hitchens…


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Date: October 11, 2017

01) God Is Not Great – Christopher Hitchens


“Audiobook of God Is Not Great (How Religion Poisons Everything) By Christopher Hitchens”

I’ve not read this, myself.

Christopher Hitchens can be abrasive, by many people’s standards…but he had a natural talent for communication, thinking and seeing deeper.

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