The bowl matchups have been announced. Ohio State is off to Miami to play Clemson in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3. Bowling Green State University takes on Pittsburgh at the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26, while my alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, has a date with Alabama on Jan.
If you like classical music, here's a discovery I made recently: Freegal, the public library downloading service, apparently has all nine Beethoven symphonies, as recorded by conductor George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestr
I love history books, even thick heavily-footnoted academic histories published by university presses, but few books can make the past come alive as vividly as a good historical novel. Here are some of my favorites:
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the nominees for its class of 2014, and it's a strong and varied group: the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Kiss, LL Cool J., The Meters, Nirvana, N.W.A,