Monthly Archives: January 2020

On Editors

I have a confession to make:  I really dislike dealing with editors.  I am not sure if writers in general have a toxic relationship with editors but I tend to find my relations with editors to be greatly irritating and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Backlands

Backlands:  A Novel, by Victoria Shorr This book seems custom-made to make into a movie.  I do not consider that a bad thing, even if this story is not precisely the sort of story I am most fond of.  There … Continue reading

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Book Review: Bellini And The Sphinx

Bellini And The Sphinx, by Tony Bellotto, translated by Clifford E. Landers The author is apparently a noted musician in Brazil that I am not familiar with and also a noted writer in Brazilian noir fiction.  As someone who is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Run For It

Run For It:  Stories Of Slaves Who Fought For Their Freedom, by Marcelo D’Salete This is the sort of book that is designed to appeal to contemporary sensibilities of self-hating whites and blacks who want to point to the dignity … Continue reading

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On Ledesma’s Law And The Paradoxical Insights Of Political Rhetoric

Late in his book Spain:  A Unique History, Stanley Payne notes the insights in 1935 of a Spanish thinker who had been a radical political intellectual and also a postal functionary concerning the period just before the outbreak of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Revolution Song

Revolution Song:  A Story of American Freedom, by Russell Shorto This book is a stellar example of the best achievements that can result from the contemporary leftist obsession with identity politics combined with a complex and well-researched view of history … Continue reading

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Book Review: Liberty’s Exiles

Liberty’s Exiles:  American Loyalists In The Revolutionary World, by Maya Jasanoff As I have noted before, I come from a background that includes loyalists from the American Revolution, and given the importance of loyalists to the foundation of Canada and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Killing England

Killing England, Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard Someone might need to inform Bill O’Reilly that it is okay to change one’s schtick when it comes to writing popular histories.  O’Reilly has a series of books that are all about killing, … Continue reading

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Hostis Humani Generis

Why are pirates enemies of humanity?  Before the foundation of views of international law, pirates and slavers were viewed as the common enemies of humanity and were thus subject to being dealt with by anyone who encountered them, even those … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Little Spark

The Little Spark:  30 Ways To Increase Your Creativity, by Carrie Bloomston I did not consider this to be a bad book, though I think the author was herself somewhat confused as to what she was trying to accomplish with … Continue reading

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