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The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage is the first of a trilogy of fantasy novels by Philip Pullman, author of The Golden Compass and the other His Dark Materials novels. It was published in October 2017 in ebook and print formats in English, marketed as an "equel" to The Golden Compass: the Book of Dust trilogy takes place before and simultaneous to the events of the narrative in Pullman's other works.

La Belle Sauvage is definitely a prequel, though;…

In the Winnie the Pooh books, half the jokes are based on the simple-minded nature of the characters. The idea of confusing the word "elephant" until you get "heffalump", or turning "Jaguar" into "jagular", or following one's own tracks around and around a thicket while remarking upon the increasing number of tracks joining your path, is a means of poking gentle fun at the characters without calling them stupid outright. The stories of the Hundred Acre Wood fit resemble that particular genre of…

Part of the trouble with all the rhetoric about American Exceptionalism is, whether praiseworthy or critical, it usually ignores the rest of the Western Hemisphere. People who claim that the U.S. isn't exceptional tend to compare this country to the forms and functions of the Eastern hemisphere. People who claim that the United States IS exceptional...compare local forms and functions to the eastern hemisphere.

But there's a country north of the U.S. that complains about being…

In baseball jargon, there are a variety of "clubs" of players who have achieved certain rare combinations of statistical achievement in a single season. Two of the most famous clubs are the 30-30 club and the 40-40 club, for players who have achieved at least 30 stolen bases and 30 home runs in a single season for the former, and 40 of each for the latter. One of the most exclusive of these "clubs" is the 20-20-20 Club, which honors players who have hit at least 20…