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Re: “C.S. Lewis tops library vote

Choosing only two Arkansas authors is tough, as Durango makes clear.
One of my votes was for Doug Jones, whose novels don't get the credit they deserve because they often have cowboys on the cover.
Yes, Jones mainly wrote about the American frontier, but his books are more than just "westerns." He did a lot of detailed historical research. He rarely drew from the same well twice, but located his books in different places and during different eras.
Best of all he created real characters for whom you can care about. He kept things moving with lively and well thought out plots.
His most popular book was The Court Martial of George Armstrong Cust, but for my two cents Season of Yellow Leaf is even better.

Posted by Davenport on 11/15/2010 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Free schools mean what?

Two sons went to Pulaski Heights Middle School and Little Rock Central, classes of '06 and '08, in other words, very recently. They had to buy $100 calculators for math and Science Fair required a major disbursement of cash every year.
Those are the only specific items I remember, but I also remember being astounded on a regular basis by the amount of ready cash necessary for getting them through public schools. Notebooks and binders of a certain type. Papers had to be in a certain format - I remember scrambling to find a floppy disk one year. I often wondered what low-income students did, and then reached the depressing conclusion that they were not allowed to fail, they were forced to fail.

Posted by Davenport on 09/10/2010 at 3:52 PM

Re: “What if it had been a Hog hat?

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Posted by Davenport on 08/16/2010 at 1:57 PM

 

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