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BIOGRAPHY Charlton Heston: Hollywood’s Last Icon By Marc EliotDey Street Books $29.99, 576 pages By Susan Wloszczyna Over-the-hill silent-era siren Norma Desmond  protested “I am BIG – it’s the pictures that got small” in the 1950 showbiz noir "Sunset Boulevard." But Hollywood would spend much of the following post-war decade producing massive pan…

“Poems in the Manner of....” By David Lehman, Scribner, 144 pages, $18, paperback. The first thing that no doubt occurs to you is that Lehman is doing parodies for yuk’s sake. But no, that’s not really what this book is all about. The tradition in all the arts, is so much older and more complex than that, whether we’re talking about Bach and Vivaldi or Shakesp…

NONFICTION Toxic Inequality: How America's Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide & Threatens Our Future By Thomas M. Shapiro Basic Books 225 pages, $28 Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It By Richard V. Reeves Brookings Institution …

Robert Lowell--Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character By Kay Redfield Jamison Knopf 532 pages, $29.95 By William L. Morris If you lived in the 1950s you must remember the movie “The Bad Seed” starring an adorable, pig-tailed Patty McCormack as a serial killer where madness is equated with murder and innocence hides evil. At…

CHILDREN’S Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood; Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins; 368 pages ($16.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... A huge wall – called “The Seven Buttons” - is all that protects the Kingdom of Lightning Pass from destruction by Marauders outside. Or so the people of Lightning Pass – and the “magical maidens” in train…

The 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show theme was “Holland: Flowering the World.” It was my favorite and one of the best ever according to many. Imagine walking among 30,000 tulips all in bloom, under a floating floral canopy, and passing a 30-foot windmill – with light show and music performed on the hour. My band of travelers had left a blizzard-riddled world the day bef…

A couple days ago a co-worker asked to borrow the multipurpose cleanser I keep in my bottom drawer. She wanted to wipe down a section of her desk. “I should clear everything off and wash the whole thing, but I’ll start small. It’s micro spring cleaning,” she laughed. Then she admitted this: The whole notion of spring cleaning terrifies her. And she even subsc…

  CANASTOTA -- Two life-sized statues of boxers stand inside the International Boxing Hall of Fame Museum, located just off Exit 34 on the State Thruway, about 20 miles east of Syracuse. One might expect the likenesses of Muhammad Ali or Joe Louis, generally considered to be the greatest heavyweight champions. Or perhaps Sugar Ray Robinson, a champion in several…

Like wine, 86-year-old Irish author Edna O'Brien seems to get better with age. O'Brien's latest novel, "The Little Red Chairs," is "her masterpiece," according to Philip Roth, one of the most celebrated American authors and two years her junior, who also proclaimed her "the most gifted woman now writing in English." O'Brien's career began with controversy. Her first …

Hamburg House and Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. March 28 in the Community Center, 107 Prospect St., Hamburg. Richard Price, from the Urban Roots Advisory Board, will present “Four Seasons of Gardening.” For club information, call Nancy Kalieta at 826-7462. Plantasia, the garden and landscape show, is scheduled for March 23-26 at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Ar…

It looked like a double whammy to end all double whammies. I don't think it is. Late last week, in two separate and unrelated announcements, we learned that the Main Street stores of both Record Theatre (in the University Plaza) and Talking Leaves (a few blocks away) will close. What's crucial to note in both cases is that, both Talking Leaves and Record Theatre's ot…

Next week will see unit championship games, awarding extra master points, at local ACBL sanctioned bridge clubs. They include Bridge Club Meridian’s game at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 20, all games at the Bridge Center of Buffalo from Tuesday, March 21, to next Saturday, March 25, and all games at the Airport Bridge Club from Monday to next Saturday. The Airport Brid…

With the official start of spring just days away, it’s time to make note of some events you may not want to miss. For starters, presale tickets are now available for the 2017 Decorators’ Show House. This year’s house is the August Feine House, 766 Ellicott St., on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Presale tickets, $20, can be purchased until April 28 at jlbuf…

Deepak Chopra will come to Buffalo on Wednesday to talk about your role in the universe. Turns out you’re a pretty big deal to the person many consider the leading thinker, author and voice in the world of integrative medicine. “We are the universe looking at itself,” Chopra said during a telephone interview earlier this week. “The universe manifests through …

President Trump is a polarizing figure in a polarizing time. But he may be able to unify the country under a principle that is the bedrock of American male civilization: wearing things even though they have outlived their usefulness and/or doing bizarre, embarrassing things to make them look right. Even though I'm in the media and therefore am not to be believed, I prom…