It Can’t Happen Here: Part 2 – Betrayal -024

1Shorer, Mark; Sinclair Lewis, an American Life, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc.,
New York, London: 1961, p. 610.

2Ibid., p. 608.

3Lewis, Sinclair; It Can’t Happen Here (1935), Signet Classics, Penguin Group, New
York:1970, Chapter 1, p. 9.

4Ibid.; p. 8.
5Rowling, J.K., Harry Potter, the series, 1997ff.

6Op Cit., Lewis, Chapter 2, p. 18.

7Snyder, Timothy, On Tyranny. Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century, Tim
Duggan Books, New York: 2017, pp.18ff.

8Ibid., p. 23.

9Ibid., p. 24.

10Op Cit., Lewis, Chapter 4, pp. 27-28.

11 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum;

12Op Cit, Lewis, p.381.

13Roth, Philip, The Plot Against America, Jonathan Cape, London:2004.


It Can’t Happen Here: Part 1 – “I Saw Hitler” -023

1Shorer, Mark; Sinclair Lewis, an American Life, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York, London: 1961.
2 “Americans and the Holocaust,” United States Holocaust Memorial Museum;

3Thompson, Dorothy; I Saw Hitler, Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., New York: 1932; p. 10.
4Ibid., p. 12.
5Ibid., p. 13.
6Ibid., p. 14.
7Ibid., p. 16.
8Ibid., p. 18.
9 Ibid., p. 4.
10Ibid., pp. v-vi.
11Ibid, p. 29-30.
12Ibid., p. 18.
13Ibid., p. 21.
14Ibid., p. vi.
15Maddow, Rachel; Prequel: An American Fight Against Fascism, Crown Publishing
Group, 2023.

16Op Cit, Thompson, pp. 9-11.
17Op Cit, Maddow, p. 16.
18 Op Cit, Maddow, p. 29.
19 Hitler, Adolph; Mein Kamph, Chapter XI, “Race and People,”

20 Op Cit, Maddow, pp. 83-84.
21 Op Cit, Maddow, p. 84.

The Thing About Dogs . . . -018

a “Animals have complex dreams, MIT researcher proves. Study may advance understanding of human learning and memory,” Massachusetts Institute of Technology, News Office, January 24, 2001.
b “Do animals dream?,” Posted by EarthSky in EARTH, February 7, 2019.
c American Psychiatric Association, (2013) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.), 2013; Washington, DC
d Peterson, T. (2016, February 4). Understanding PTSD Nightmares and Flashbacks, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, May 9 from
e America Veterinary Medical Association, JAVMA news; “Pet ownership spending going strong; published on May 08, 2019.
f Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations, “Which country spends the most on its pets?”; posted 22/02/2020;
g Stephen Robert Kellert and Alan R. Felthous, “Childhood Cruelty toward Animals among Criminals and Noncriminals,” in Human Relations 38(12):1113-1129 · December 1985.

The Writing Journey -017

• “Walking,” an essay (also called, “The Wild”) by Henry David Thoreau, published in 1862, but delivered as lectures prior to that.
• Rabbit-Proof Fence, 2002; produced by Phillip Noyce based on the book Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington Garimara in 1996.
• 1917, 2019; writers, Same Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns; director, Sam Mendes.
• The Maze Runner, 2014 (and series); directed by Wes Ball, based on James Dashner’s 2009 novel of the same name.
• Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote in two-parts, 1605/1615.
• Jean Ramón Jiménez, Platero and I, 1914.
• Tom Wolfe, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, 1958.
• The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, 1994; conceived by filmmakers Stephan Elliott and Stuart Quin; director, Stephan Elliott.
• William Faulkner, As I lay Dying, 1930
• Thelma and Louise, 1991; director, Scott Thomas; writers, Sidney Iwanter and Mark Onspaugh.
• Ernesto “Che” Guevara, The Motorcycle Diaries, 1952.
• Victor Hugo Green, The Negro Motorist Green Book (also The Negro Motorist Green-Book, The Negro Travelers’ Green Book, or simply the Green Book), 1936-1966; was an annual guidebook for African-American roadtrippers, originated and published by African American, New York City mailman Victor Hugo Green.
• Green Book; 2018; writers, Peter Farrelly, Brian Hayes Currie, and Nick Vallelonga; director, Peter Farrelly.
• Zombieland, 2009; writers: Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick; director: Ruben Fleischer.
• Steven King, The Langoliers, 1995.
• Airplane!, 1980; written and directed by David and Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams; producer, Jon Davison.
• Air Force One, 1997; writer, Andrew W. Marlowe; directed and co-produced by Wolfgang Petersen.
• Flight of the Living Dead, 2007; writers, Sidney Iwanter, Mark Onspaugh; director, Scott Thomas.
• The Aeronauts, 2019; writers, Tom Harper and Jack Thorne; director, Tom Harper.
• Around the World in Eighty Days; book by Jules Verne, 1872; it went through several iterations in film and other versions.
• Passengers, 2016; originally written by Jon Spaihts in 2007; director, Morten Tyldum.
• Gravity, 2013; directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón with his son, Jonas.
• Star Trek (The Original Series), 1966-69; created by Gene Roddenberry; aired on NBC-TV.
• Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express, 1934.
• The Lady Vanishes, 1938; writers, Ethel Lina White (based on the story, “The Wheel Spins”) and Sidney Gilliat; producer, Alfred Hitchcock.
• The Polar Express, 2004; animated film based on the 1985 children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg; co-written, co-produced, and directed by Robert Zemeckis.
• The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3, 2009; directed by Tony Scott; a film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Morton Freedgood (writing under the pseudonym John Godey), and is a remake of the original 1974.
• Snowpiercer (movie), 2013; director, Bong Jooh-ho; writers, Bong Joon-ho and Kelly Masterson, adapted from French graphic, Le Transperceneigem 1982, authors Jean-Marc Rochette, Jacques Lob, and Benjamin Legrand; (t.v. series), 2020—; TNT network.
• Nathaniel Philbrick, Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War, 2006.
• Leon Uris, Exodus, 1958.
• Dante Alighieri, The Inferno (first part of The Divine Comedy), c. 1308-1329, Italy.
• Homer, The Odyssey, 8th century B.C.; Greece.
• Das Boot (English: “The Boat”), 1981; written and directed by Wolfgang Petersen; produced by Günter Rohrbach.
• The Hunt for Red October, 1990; adapted to film the novel of the same name by Tom Clancy, 1984.
• Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1851.
• Titanic, 1997; written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron.
• The African Queen, 1951; adapted by John Houston and James Agee from the C.S. Forrester 1935 novel of the same name.
• Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea, 1952.
• Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 1884 (in the U.K.) and 1885 (in the U.S.).

Forgotten Lives, Part 4 Sylvia Hanish Berlin -016

Fiddler on the Roof, the musical, was first produced on Broadway in 1964 — with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein (who also wrote Zorba). It is based on the story Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Dairyman) and other tales, published in 1894 by Sholem Aleichem, whose real name was Solomon Naumovich Rabinovich.

From Wikipedia: “Sholem Aleichem died in New York on May 13, 1916 from tuberculosis and diabetes, aged 57, while working on his last novel, Motl, Peysi the Cantor’s Son, and was buried at Old Mount Carmel cemetery in Queens. At the time, his funeral was one of the largest in New York City history, with an estimated 100,000 mourners. The next day, his will was printed in the New York Times and was read into the Congressional Record of the United States.”
In his will, Sholem Aleichem writes that he wished to be buried “not among aristocrats or the powerful, but among plain Jewish laborers, among the very people itself….” (New York Times, Wednesday, May 17, 1916)

Epidemiology and COVID-19 -015

• Defoe, Daniel, A Journal of the Plague Year, 1722.
• MacMahon, Brian, and Trichopoulos, Dimitrios, Epidemiology. Principles and Methods, 2nd Edition, J.P. Lippincott, 1996.
• “Outbreak, On Assignment with Richard Engel,” on MSNBC-t.v., 15 March 2020.
• Jane Qui, “How China’s “Bat Woman” Hunted Down Viruses from SARS to the New Coronavirus — Wuhan-based virologist Shi Zhengli has identified dozens of deadly SARS-like viruses in bat caves, and she warns there are more out there,” Scientific American, March 11, 2020.
• Reference to William Farr and John Graunt was provided in an email (3/19/20) to me from Professor of Epidemiology Emeritus Richard Monson, M.D., S.D.
• Cancer Causes and Control, an International Journal of Cancer Epidemiology, published in Oxford, England, with editorial offices at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
• Wells, H.G., War of the Worlds, 1897.