Monthly Archives: March 2019

All The Little Connections

It does appear as if the human mind is hard-wired to make connections, but given the way that memories are made and habits are formed through the building of neurons and paths between them, it would make perfect sense that … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sanditon

Sanditon, by Jane Austen and Marie Dobbs Sandition, the last and incomplete novel fragment by Jane Austen, presents the Austen scholar with a bit of a mystery.  More obscure than the Watsons, which has been completed at least three different … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jane Austen: A Life

Jane Austen:  A Life, by Carol Shields It is easy to see why people would want to know about the life of Jane Austen, and just as easy to understand why that life is so obscure despite the fact that … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jane Austen: Her Heart Did Whisper

Jane Austen:  Her Heart Did Whisper, by Manuela Santoni It is little surprise that a woman who has written some of the most enduring works of fiction in the English language should attract the attention of those who want to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Great Books Of The Western World Vol. 38: Montesquieu / Rousseau

Great Books Of The Western World Vol. 38:  Montesquieu / Rosseau:  The Spirit Of The Laws, by Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu / On The Origin Of Inequality, On Political Economy, and The Social Contract, by Jean Jacques Rousseau … Continue reading

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Book Review: Originalism As Faith

Originalism As Faith, by Eric J. Segall Leave it to someone to write about originalism and faith without having a high view of either.  This book is a terrible book, about the worst sort of book that can be written … Continue reading

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Book Review: Law: A Very Short Introduction

Law:  A Very Short Introduction, by Raymond Wacks This book sadly lives up to the last name of its author, because it was pretty whack, to use that old slang expression.  The main issue with this book is not that … Continue reading

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Inside/Outside

Over the past few days I have pondered various aspects of what is a consistent problem, namely the fact that we are beings with both a rich interior life and a major lack of ability in understanding what goes on … Continue reading

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On The Asymmetry Between Government And Self-Government

Recently I have read five books in a Jane Austen continuation series that bother me on a fundamental level.  There is something deeply broken about the worldview of the author, in that she assumes that anyone who is a principled … Continue reading

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Book Review: Our Culture, What’s Left Of It

Our Culture, What’s Left Of It:  The Mandarins And The Masses, by Theodore Dalrymple In many ways, I can imagine the way that the author would sound if one were interacting with him.  He sounds like a somewhat elderly and … Continue reading

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