Monthly Archives: November 2018

Portland Anonymous: Fragment Thirteen

I’m not proud of what we did, not proud at all.  We knew that #N/A was a person with a big mouth, and he had some strong opinions, although not unjust ones, and we were having problems with him, so … Continue reading

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Book Review: Extraordinary Popular Delusions And The Madness Of Crowds

Extraordinary Popular Delusions And The Madness Of Crowds, by Charles MacKay There is no doubt that this 400 page long book is a classic source of information about the fads and fashions that have roiled civilization over the past few … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Encyclopedia Of Misinformation

The Encyclopedia Of Misinformation:  A Compendium Of Imitations, Spoofs, Delusions, Simulations, Counterfeits, Imposters, Illusions, Confabulations, Skulduggery, Frauds, Pseudoscience, Propaganda, Hoaxes, Flimflam, Pranks, Hornswoggle, Conspiracies & Miscellaneous Fakery, by Rex Sorgatz On the one hand, I am perhaps the ideal reader … Continue reading

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Portland Anonymous: Fragment Twelve

In looking at these videos I have reminded myself that #N/A was an enjoyable person to talk to, when he was in a talking mood, which was not all the time.  In all of the drama that we had as … Continue reading

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Book Review: Border

Border:  A Trip To The Edge Of Europe, by Kapka Kassabova It makes sense that Pico Iyer [1] would like this book.  It also makes sense that I was not quite as fond of it myself, as the author’s bumbling … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Concise History Of Bulgaria

A Concise History Of Bulgaria, by R. J. Crampton This is the sort of book I expect very people to read for fun, but is precisely the sort of book I read for fun.  Although I am by no means … Continue reading

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Portland Anonymous: Fragment Eleven

Benefit concerns have a long history in rock & roll and other genres.  In 1971 there was a benefit concert to help those in Bangladesh after the horrors of their war of independence against Pakistan.  Then there benefit concerts for … Continue reading

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Major And Minor, Or How To Have A Productive Day While In Bed

By the time any of you read this, much of it will probably be out of date, but sometimes I write for myself and only incidentally and accidentally for anyone else.  I thought it might be entertaining for some of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Complete Greek Drama: Volume Two

The Complete Drama:  Volume Two, edited by Whitney J. Oates and Eugene O’Neill, Jr. I’m not sure how many people would find the thought of reading more than 1200 pages of material that contains mostly obscure and sometimes fragmentary plays … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Complete Greek Drama: Volume One

The Complete Drama:  All The Extant Tragedies Of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, And The Comedies Of Aristophanes And Menander, In A Variety Of Translations:  Volume One, edited by Whitney J. Oates and Eugene O’Neill, Jr. This book certainly lives up … Continue reading

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