Daily Archives: January 19, 2019

On Why The Serpent Devours Its Own Tail

Why do serpents devour their own tails?  I speak not of literal serpents here, of course, but rather of human beings.  Let us begin with some examples.  Yesterday night I read Ambrose Bierce’s much-feted book The Devil’s Dictionary (review forthcoming) … Continue reading

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Book Review: If Not Now, When?

If Not Now, When?, by Primo Levi This book is something in a bit of a disguise.  The author was an Italian Jew who survived the Holocaust through developing at least some privilege as a result of his chemical expertise, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Drowned And The Saved

The Drowned And The Saved, by Primo Levi, translated by Raymond Rosenthal This is a book whose existence is dependent on other books, but it is no worse for that.  As the author was the survivor of German concentration camps … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Mirror Maker: Stories And Essays

The Mirror Maker:  Stories And Essays, by Primo Levi, translated by Raymond Rosenthal Primo Levi spent a substantial portion of his life, before and after his retirement from his professional work as a chemist, in writing for both political and … Continue reading

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