Monthly Archives: September 2020

A Course In You: A Missed Opportunity

Between two and three weeks ago I received an e-mail from someone who was launching a website to encourage people to educate themselves about themselves called “The School Of You,” which offers a variety of courses related to personality theory … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dared And Done

Dared And Done: The Marriage Of Elizabeth Barrett And Robert Browning, by Julia Markus The author has clearly picked an interesting area to discuss, but this book is not nearly as good as it should be, and I found myself … Continue reading

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Book Review: How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life

How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life: A Novel, by Mameve Medwed This is a mildly amusing novel about a neurotic woman whose unhappy and humdrum life is turned around by a trip to Antique Roadshows where she finds herself … Continue reading

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Book Review: Shaggy Muses

Shaggy Muses: The Dogs Who Inspired Virginia Woolf, Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Edith Wharton, and Emily Bronte, by Maureen Adams This book is both interesting and troubling. On the one hand, there is a great deal of interest in … Continue reading

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Like Cavemen Discovering Fire

Earlier today I had the chance to witness something very entertaining, and that is the glories of @pmt, or the function that one uses to calculate payments and compound interest. There were four people involved. Two of them were young … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Human Being Died That Night

A Human Being Died That Night: A South African Woman Confronts The Legacy Of Apartheid, by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela There is a fundamental problem at the heart of this book, and it is a problem that threatens the legitimacy of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: When She Was White

When She Was White: The Story Of A Family Divided By Race, by Judith Stone [Spoiler alert.] She never was white. This book is a strange case of a book written about a celebrity case of racial categorization from the … Continue reading

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Book Review: After Freedom: The Rise Of The Post-Apartheid Generation In South Africa

After Freedom: The Rise Of The Post-Apartheid Generation In South Africa, by Katherine S. Newman and Ariane De Lannoy Like many who have written on the recent history of South Africa [1], the authors come away from their story with … Continue reading

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What’s It Worth To You?

Before coming into work today I had a couple of medical appointments. First, there was a trip to LabCorps. I figured that with Covid happening as it is, that there would be better parking than usual, and to a certain … Continue reading

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Book Review: Penguins (Nature’s Children)

Penguins (Nature’s Children), by Lucia Raatma There is something fascinating about seeing the way that a variety of publishers feel the need to publish books about penguins because they are obviously a very popular animal. There are a lot of … Continue reading

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