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Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “A Thousand Days”

Richard Griffin is a highly respected baseball columnist for the Toronto Star. He has covered baseball for decades beginning with the Montreal Expos in 1973. He became the public relations director for the Expos in 1978. Since 1995, he has been a columnist and beat writer for the Toronto Star covering the Blue Jays. I have known Richard since his Montreal days. He was an

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “Far and Away”

“Far and Away” by Andrew Solomon is a travelogue covering some 83 countries from every corner of the globe. It is not a travel guide. Each stop is its own story. Each stop is a moment to ponder. Solomon, an art historian and psychologist, seeks to find the world in the place where he currently stands. Trying to understand that place on this small planet

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “Pictures at an Exhibition”

When the Germans invaded Paris during World War II, one of Hitler’s objectives was to loot as much of the world’s great art from museums and private collections as possible. Parisians stripped thousands of art works from their private and public places and hid them wherever they thought the Nazis might not find them. However, there were plenty of priceless pieces that were stolen, and

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