Monthly Archives: September 2020

The Dilemmas Of Time And Resources In Politics & War

As someone who is fond of games of logistics [1], I thought it would be worthwhile to comment at least a little bit about one of the games I play called Politics & War, and some of the aspects of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Fire And Fortitude

Fire And Fortitude: The US Army In The Pacific War, 1941-1943, by John C. McManus Sometimes one proves a point by trying to prove the contrary. Such is the case here, as this book deals with the general trend to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Conquering Tide

The Conquering Tide: War In The Pacific Islands, 1942-1944, by Ian W. Toll This book is part of a trilogy on the Pacific War, which I have come to understand is a popular subject to write about. Historians of World … Continue reading

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Book Review: Midnight In The Pacific

Midnight In The Pacific: Guadalcanal: The World War II Battle That Turned The Tide Of War, by Joseph Wheelan This book gives a good case for studying the battle of Guadalcanal and its significance in World War II. The author … Continue reading

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Time In A Bottle

For a variety of reasons, I have long been fascinated with the posthumous careers of artists. In general, I consider myself a somewhat morbid person who has an intense interest in the influence of death on life, and this native … Continue reading

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Book Review: Are Some Languages Better Than Others?

Are Some Languages Better Than Others?, by R.M.W. Dixion If I do not agree with everything this author has to say, I think the author at least deserves to be commended for a certain degree of bravery in his approach … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Stuff Of Thought

The Stuff Of Thought: Language As A Window Into Human Nature, by Steven Pinkler This book is a good deal less polemical than I thought it would be, and that is definitely for the best. Even if this book is … Continue reading

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Book Review: The First Word

The First Word: The Search For The Origins Of Language, by Christine Kenneally In many ways this book is a bit of a tease. The author demonstrates her lack of understanding about science by assuming that well-designed computer models offer … Continue reading

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A Darkness That Can Be Felt

For the last few days I have been unable to retrieve books from the library because the bad air quality has closed down operations. 2020 has, as a year, presented a wide variety of issues and problems and the fires … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: The Human League

When you think of the Human Leauge, most people think of one song, “Don’t You Want Me,” where a man and a woman sing about their romantic frustrations and where a powerful man and a young woman just starting ponder … Continue reading

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