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Where’s the book?


Letters show Mussolini’s daughter love for Communist

Written in French, English and Italian, the secret correspondence has inspired a new book: “Edda Ciano and the Communist. The unspeakable passion of the Duce’s Daughter.”

I would like to know how to find the book mentioned in this article:

The author of this article did not give any information as to how the book may be acquired, which is INFURIATING if you want to read more about the subject. I googled it, but it’s as though it doesn’t exist. Has it just not been published yet??


I’m sorry you felt “infuriated” because all we did was tell you about the book, the title, the author and the subject. Here is some more information. GBU Editor

A poster bearing the profile of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini is
shown plastered to a wall in central Rome in a 2002 file photo. REUTERS/Vincenzo Pinto

The wrong guy…


Your article about Yusuf Islam has a picture of Sami Yusuf attached to it. I guess all Muslims must look the same to you.


A number of readers pointed out this embarrassing error. We removed the incorrect photo: GBU Editor

Gatsby was no Gekko


Wall Street’s allure may be gone for good

And Wall Streeters have long played leading roles in the popular imagination in the form of anti-heroes like Sherman McCoy (“Bonfire of the Vanities”), Gordon (“Greed Is Good”) Gekko (“Wall Street”) and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby.

Your story alludes to famous Wall Streeters in movies and books, and includes Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby as an example along with Gordon Gekko and Sherman McCoy.

Not humorous…


“On a more poignant note, Heath Ledger won a post humorous best supporting actor Oscar…”

it’s posthumous not post humorous. You’re supposed to know better.


Ouch. We corrected: GBU Editor

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The wrong song…


Who makes the Obamas dance? Stevie Wonder!

Who makes the Obamas dance? Stevie Wonder! They also sang with Beyonce as she performed “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.”

Beyonce sang “America the Beautiful” not “My Country Tis of Thee.”

Wrong kind of gang


Eastwood wins box office race with ‘Gran Torino’

The suburban drama, in which Eastwood plays a grumpy old man who takes on Latino gang members “Dirty Harry”-style, earned an estimated $29 million in the three days since it opened nationally on Friday, distributor Warner Bros. Pictures said.

The grumpy old man in the movie doesn’t take on Latino gang members. He takes on Asian gang members. I don’t even have to comment on how bad the mistake is for reuters…

Basterdized spelling?


August date for Quentin Tarantino World War II movie

The director’s oddly spelled World War II epic “Inglourious Basterds” stars actor Brad Pitt, and production began in Europe in October.

What, no spell check on your typewriters? It is clear that no one with any knowledge of English wrote and/or edited the Quentin Tarantino story.

An All-American Cruise


“Valkyrie” challenges fans to rethink Tom Cruise

Cruise, of course, enjoys All-American looks that helped send him to movie stardom playing heroic young men such as Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in 1986 movie Top Gun. As of late, he’s been on a mea culpa tour to explain his odd behavior in recent years and to regain his good-guy image with fans.

I can’t believe that one of your writers would actually make the subversive comment about “All-American” looks.. Tell your writer that this country is full of European genetics. Neither American soil nor citizenship alters genetics. Duh!

Going back to the Lab


‘Marley & Me’ top dog at busy Christmas box office

“Marley & Me” sold an estimated $37 million worth of tickets during the traditional three-day weekend beginning on Friday, distributor 20th Century Fox said on Sunday. Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson star in the adaptation of a bestseller about a couple and their golden retriever.

In Marley & Me the dog is a yellow Labrador not a golden retriever


A number of readers pointed this out to us. We corrected: GBU Editor

Clyde, the dog who plays Marley, sits at the premiere of “Marley & Me” in Westwood, California, December 11, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

On the wrong track…


An appreciation of some underrated movies

Then there are the cases of those sequences that proved fun even if the movies that surrounded them were problematic. Early in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” for example, Harrison Ford’s Indy stumbled into a weirdly perfect 1950s track home only to discover that it is the target in a nuclear testing site.

This story has a reference to a “track home.” The correct phrase is tract home.