Monthly Archives: December 2015

The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: A Case Study In The Difficulty Of Signaling

Perennially, among my most popular posts are about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, an institution with its museum in Cleveland, Ohio, a museum that is immensely entertaining to visit, which when I was there had thoughtful music history … Continue reading

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Book Review: So Many Books

So Many Books: Reading And Publishing In An Age Of Abundance, by Gabriel Zaid Among my friends there is a widespread inside joke, sometimes implicit and sometimes explicit, about certain books being Nathanish. Being someone who reads a lot of … Continue reading

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The Syntopticon Project, Or Books About Books

One of the more ambitious projects of Mortimer Adler that he discussed in his masterpiece How To Read A Book [1] was to build a collection of works called the Syntopticon, an catalogue of books about different subjects. As there … Continue reading

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Oh Lord When I Am Weary, When I Feel The Days I’m Living Are In Vain

At about 5 this morning, I awoke from my second troubling dream of the night. A vision of being trapped inside an unfurnished house with someone who often manages to be close to me because of our similar interests but … Continue reading

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Book Review: Election 2014: Why The Republicans Swept The Midterms

Election 2014: Why The Republicans Swept The Midterms, by Ed Kilgore There is something thrilling and entertaining in reading a book that is designed for another audience. Just as from time to time I read the books of those who … Continue reading

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Book Review: Blinded By The Right

Blinded By The Right: The Conscience Of An Ex-Conservative, by David Brock It should be noted that there are at least three things about the title of this book that are seriously mistaken, and those mistakes set the tone for … Continue reading

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Mysteries Of The Bible: What Does It Mean To Be A Pillar In The Temple Of God?

For those people who take Revelation 2 and 3 from the historicist perspective, viewing them as a succession of ages, it is a common tendency to label oneself as Philadelphian and to label one’s rivals as Laodicean, or worse [1]. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Misquoting Mohammad

Misquoting Mohammad: The Challenge And Choices Of Interpreting The Prophet’s Legacy, by Jonathan A.C. Brown In reading a book like this, which spends about 300 pages, including some very thoughtful and brief appendices, discussing the various matters of interpretation and … Continue reading

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The Thrill Of Victory And The Agony Of The Feet

As this is a companion piece to my previous reflections about the Sports day of the Northwest Weekend [1], I figured I would include one of my obligatory bad puns as a title, and note that I appreciate the difficulty … Continue reading

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Vox Populi, Vox Dei

Yesterday, the visiting pastor giving the sermon message for the Sabbath made several references to the same quotation from a 1980 article or sermon by Herbert W. Armstrong, in which the question was asked whether we are to be a … Continue reading

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