‘The Girl on the Train,’ by Paula Hawkins – NYTimes.com

Alfred Hitchcock may have said all there is to say about the fallibility of making assumptions about what you see through a window, but, like most important lessons, this one can bear some repeating. To the limited scope of a window frame, the former London journalist Paula

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English: Studio publicity photo of Alfred Hitchcock. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hawkins, in her debut thriller, “The Girl on the Train,” offers a few additional obfuscations. First, her novel’s protagonist, Rachel, looks out through the window of a moving train on her daily commute. Second, Rachel is your basic hot mess: depressed, unemployed, still in mourning for the death of her marriage and prone to alcoholic blackouts that coincide with critical moments in the tale of a missing woman later found dead. Rachel might as well be wearing a sign that reads “Unreliable Narrator.”

via ‘The Girl on the Train,’ by Paula Hawkins – NYTimes.com.

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Why It’s Time to Binge-Watch The Americans Before the Season Three Premiere – Vogue

Every January, I make a list of overly ambitious New Year’s resolutions that always includes something to better my health, something to improve my finances, and something to expand my cultural repertoire. For 2015, I decided it was time to give The Americans a chance. The show about a pair of married covert Russian spies living in the United States seemed to make every TV critic fall madly in love with it when it premiered back in 2013. After it landed on a multitude of “best of TV” lists last year, I finally decided to find out what all the hype was about. While I’ve only managed to get through season one so far, the praise is definitely well deserved. In anticipation of tonight’s season three premiere, here are three reasons to start binge-watching The Americans now.

via Why It’s Time to Binge-Watch The Americans Before the Season Three Premiere – Vogue.

FFF: Super Bowl XLIX: Feb. 1, 2015

Super Bowl XLIX will be played Feb. 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. This will be the second time the NFL’s championship game will be held in Glendale and the third time in the Phoenix metropolitan area. To commemorate this event, the Census Bureau has compiled a collection of facts examining the demographics of the host metropolitan area, as well as the metro areas represented by the two participants — the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks.

Go to <http://quickfacts.census.gov/> for more statistics about the cities involved. Unless otherwise noted, all comparisons are statistically significant at the 0.10 level.

via FFF: Super Bowl XLIX: Feb. 1, 2015.

From nurses to social workers, see how public libraries are serving the homeless

Almost every morning at the Denver Public Library’s main branch, a group gathers on the fourth floor at the doors of the Community Technology Center, home to the library’s public access computers. Many of them are homeless or underemployed. But the DPL, like a lot of city libraries, is a safe haven during the day, especially during winter months. Public Libraries have long grappled with how to deal with and assist homeless patrons who bring a unique set of needs and challengers to librarians.

Courtney Young, President of the American Library Association, says that in times of economic hardship, more people turn to and depend on libraries and librarians for help.

 

via From nurses to social workers, see how public libraries are serving the homeless.

 

Press Releases IMLS 2012 Public Libraries Survey Report Issued

Washington, DC—In 2012, Americans made 1.5 billion trips to public libraries in the United States—the equivalent of more than 4.1 million visits each day, according to new research by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The research indicates there is still a high demand for the resources and services of the nation’s approximately 9,000 public libraries.

via Press Releases IMLS 2012 Public Libraries Survey Report Issued.

See this page for the download link, 14MB file…
http://www.imls.gov/research/public_libraries_in_the_us_fy_2012_report.aspx

When Cars Ran On Rails; Charlotte’s Streetcar Past | WFAE

When Cars Ran On Rails; Charlotte’s Streetcar Past

via When Cars Ran On Rails; Charlotte’s Streetcar Past | WFAE.

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English: Photograph of the Old Court House, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1888. Image reprinted in “Cotton Mill, Commercial Features,” written by D. A. Tompkins, p. 22, published by the author, Charlotte, N.C., 1899. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Extraordinary UFO sightings from the US Air Force’s Project Blue Book – Telegraph

Between 1947 and 1969, the US Air Force meticulously recorded over 10,000 incidents involving Unidentified Flying Objects. Inside the Project Blue Book archive, which has recently been put online, witnesses described objects as “concave as a soup bowl”, “onion-shaped” and resembling “a frosty silvery football” shooting across the sky.

Here are four of the most extraordinary accounts: …

via Extraordinary UFO sightings from the US Air Force’s Project Blue Book – Telegraph.

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Grainy B&W image of supposed UFO, Passoria, New Jersey Edited version of Image:PurportedUFO NewJersey 1952 07 31.gif. By Bach01. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Looking For My Song

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I used to write songs. This was a long time ago. I bought a Casio keyboard with my leaf-raking money when I was eleven or twelve, and tried to remember my years of piano lessons to pick out a melody. But I never felt like I could catch the song I was looking for.

I feel like being a musician, for me, is as impossible as being a dog. I don’t have the right internal organs to get there, no matter how much I might want to. I don’t have the right brain, the right ears, and the right fingers. I’m just not that person and I feel the loss acutely. Cricket and Butterfly have their own unique songs. They have particular patterns and rhythms and pitches that really get their message across, but I feel muted. I can write and speak my story, but I can’t sing it, and…

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For SkyMall, It All Seemed So Cool at Six Miles High – NYTimes.com

For years, it was something of a ritual. You had made it through airport security, survived the lengthy delays and even crammed your carry-on into an overhead bin. Then you could settle in, buckle up and reach into the seat-back pocket in front of you. There, pressed up against the motion-sickness bag or the laminated emergency instruction card, you would find the latest edition of SkyMall.

via For SkyMall, It All Seemed So Cool at Six Miles High – NYTimes.com.