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Frolicking In The Shire

Lindsey Holdren

February 10, 2013

The Hobbiton movie set rests picturesquely in a hilly area of private farmland near the North Island city of Matamata. I'll let the photos speak for themselves, but I want to add: if you ever visit, try to go on the earliest tour at 9:30 so that you have the Shire all to yourself for the half the tour!...

Some “Beautiful Ruins,” Indeed . . .

Some “Beautiful Ruins,” Indeed . . .

Dana Thompson

August 21, 2012

How do you feel about e-readers? These newfangled devices that allow you to press buttons instead of turn pages and download nearly any book in thirty seconds? Skeptical? Yeah. I'm feeling that. Maybe I'm just quoting every snobby book purist ever, but isn't there something to the feel of paper...

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