The Sushi Blog

Few foods have captivated Americans quite like sushi has. According to World Book Online, the origins of sushi date back to 2nd century AD China, where fish was packed with rice and salt for preservation. The rice and salt both helped to absorb moisture away from the fish, allowing it to be stored and edible for…
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Walker Percy’s Nonfiction

Walker Percy might be best known for his fiction, especially The Moviegoer, winner of the 1962 National Book Award.  However, Walker Percy had his hand at nonfiction too, and was prolific in writing articles about southern society, psychology, and (most especially) semiotics.  Semiotics is the study of signs.  In the case of language, semiotics refers…
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The Tchefuncte Culture

In 1938, the State of Louisiana began work on a new state park just outside of Mandeville on land that had once been the Fontainebleau Plantation.  The state was planning on naming it the Tchefuncte State Park, although it was several miles from the Tchefuncte River, between the Castine and Cane bayous.  An archeological team…
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Star Wars Day 2024: Queen Series and The Phantom Menace 25th Anniversary

STAR WARS DAY 2024 The Queen Series By E. K. Johnston The Phantom Menace 25th Anniversary   It's Star Wars Day again, we're celebrating early, and that means we have more stuff to talk about. This year, we will be highlighting a trio of books starring Padme Amidala. The books follow Padme's life and major…
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YA Spotlight: Murtagh

Thirteen years after his last proper novel in the Inheritance Cycle, Christopher Paolini has at long last released the next entry in his world: Murtagh.  Beware, mild spoilers below! Murtagh Murtagh Murtagh Murtagh The novel takes place some months after the end of Inheritance, and is exclusively told from the point of view of the…
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