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The Notorious Libby Holman

Libby Holman, the consummate torch singer, never understood why almost every man she touched died violently. She had the opposite of the Midas touch, but lived a fascinating, doomed life.

Seeing Catch-22 Twice

“People speak too narrowly when they talk of Catch-22 as a satire of humanity. It’s that, yes, and there are few better. But it’s really a vicious satiric attack on God, as much as his poorly made creatures.”

The Last of the Iron-Assed Loners

“I have been asked,” he announced in a vigorous bass voice, “what it’s like to be a personage of the cinema.” He gave his audience a slow ironic glare. “It’s like being trampled to death by geese.”

Scroll Man

When Washington lawyer Hershel Shanks changed careers and got interested in the Dead Sea Scrolls, he turned an arcane academic debate into an intercontinental spectator sport. Biblical archaeology would never be the same.

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