Monthly Archives: February 2019

Mysteries Of The Bible: Where And Who Are The Priests Of The Order Of Melchizedek Today?

Hebrews 7:1-3 gives some fascinating ideas about the priesthood of Melchizedek as follows:  “For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Magician

The Magician, by W. Somerset Maugham The backstory behind this book is at least as interesting as the book itself, in that the author managed to take a creepy and unpleasant real life personage in Aleister Crowley and turn him … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Explorer

The Explorer, by W. Somerset Maugham In reading this book I was struck by what aspects of it made it so appealing, and something clicked that allowed me to better understand why this author has so quickly moved up my … Continue reading

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Arrogance Up And Down

The noted popularizer Nassim Nicholas Taleb made a comment about the English language that I thought was worthy of unpackaging a bit, and that was a complaint in his collection of aphorisms The Bed Of Procrustes that there was no … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ambrose Bierce’s Write It Right

Ambrose Bierce’s Write It Right, by Ambroe Bierce and Jan Freeman This is a complicated book.  That is not necessarily a bad thing, but it is not necessarily a good thing as well.  Once upon a time I came across … Continue reading

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Book Review: An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge And Other Stories

An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge And Other Stories, by Ambrose Bierce This is a stellar collection of short stories.  I must admit to being somewhat late to enjoying the writing of Ambrose Bierce, but this short book certainly provides … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Devil’s Dictionary

The Devil’s Dictionary:  Complete And Unabridged, by Ambrose Bierce The author was a Civil War veteran and a notoriously sardonic man most famous for this book.  This book is evidence that even when someone is deliberately trying to be on … Continue reading

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And She Likes Everyone

There are many ways in which someone can be a cultural innovator or trendsetter, and strangely enough I often find myself puzzled by the way that Justin Bieber serves in that role as a musician despite the fact that at … Continue reading

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Book Review: Opposing Viewpoints: Popular Culture

Opposing Viewpoints:  Popular Culture, edited by David Haugen and Susan Musser This book is apparently one of a large series of books that seek to combine opposing viewpoints on some subject of contention so that the reader can sort out … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Big Rewind

The Big Rewind:  A Memoir Brought To You By Pop Culture, by Nathan Rabin In reading this book one finds out a lot about Nathan Rabin and his insecurities, but at the same time, writing this book required a fair … Continue reading

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