October 29, 2014

Carving a pumpkin in the next day or two?



Here's some inspiration.

John Clayton at the Jones Library


Tuesday, November 4, 2014
7 pm
Woodbury Room

Local author John J. Clayton will speak and read from his new book Many Seconds into the Future, a collection of short stories, published by Texas Tech University Press in April 2014.


The probing short stories in this collection explore spiritual and emotional growth, coming of age, and the impact of death in a family. The stories “Many Seconds into the Future” and “All the Children are Isaac” are tragic; others like “The Name Changer” are comic. Many of the stories were originally published in Commentary, Notre Dame Review, Sewanee Review, Missouri Review, and The Journal.

John J. Clayton, born and raised in New York City, taught modern literature and fiction writ­ing as Professor and then Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and as Visiting Professor at Mt. Holyoke College and Hampshire College. He lives with his wife in Western Massachusetts and Cape Cod.


Free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at413/259-3223.

October 28, 2014

The Hobbit in 72 seconds


Sure JRR Tolkien was a master of his craft.  Sure The Hobbit is an amazing read.  But really, who has the time to read all 300 or so pages??  There are so many other things that need to be done in life! The Friends have found a video to help check one more thing off your to-do list.

"Read The Hobbit"?  DONE!


You're welcome.

October 27, 2014

For the grammarian in your life


The Friends know it's getting close to the holidays.  In addition to doing much of your shopping at the FRIENDS USED BOOK SALE on SATURDAY NOVEMBER 15th FROM 9-3 (mark your calendars), you can round off your gift purchasing with a few of these babies.

Because who doesn't need an ampersand cheese board?


October 24, 2014

Free For All


Watch this.  It's the best 3:36 minutes you'll spend today.


For all you English nerds out there



And you know who you are, you will totally like this.  The secret emotional lives of five punctuation marks.

There's more to the . than meets the i.

October 22, 2014

It was a hot and muggy night...


...in a city that already was already feverish.  The fan in my office just blew hot air around a hot room on a hot night.  It was the kind of night where every booze party ends in a fight.  A night where anything can happen. You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge.  She walked into my office and from 30 feet away she looked like she had a lot of class. From 10 feet away she looked like something made up to be seen from 30 feet away.


A fan of Raymond Chandler?  Here's a fun time-waster for you.  A map of Raymond Chandler's fictional LA in real LA.

If any part of LA is real...