Monthly Archives: April 2021

Book Review: Ask

Ask, by Ryan Levesque This is the sort of book that could most easily be seen as a mixture of memoir and sales pitch, and if that sounds appealing to you, this is a book that is certainly interesting. I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ask: Building Consent Culture

Ask: Building Consent Culture, edited by Kitty Stryker This is a book full of asymmetries, and they exist in a way that does not reflect well on the editor or the various contributors to the book. And in many ways, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Doesn’t Hurt To Ask

Doesn’t Hurt To Ask: Using The Power Of Questions To Communicate, Connect, And Persuade, by Trey Gowdy This book made me think less of the person writing it. This was probably not the intention of the author, but the author’s … Continue reading

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Beauty Is In The Gaze

It is a common truism that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It is similarly easily recognized that what we create tells on us. One of the issues with solipsism is that we create our understanding of reality … Continue reading

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Book Review: Red Nile: A Biography Of The World’s Greatest River

Red Nile: A Biography Of The World’s Greatest River, by Robert Twigger This book is one that has a difficult aim, and that is writing a biography of a river. What this means in practice is that the author tells … Continue reading

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Book Review: Nile: A Journey Downriver Through Egypt’s Past And Present

Nile: A Journey Downriver Through Egypt’s Past And Present, by Toby Wilkinson One of the hazards of writing books with an agenda in mind is sometimes things change to make that agenda ring more than a little bit hollow. Like … Continue reading

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Roads To Glory For The Political General

In reading a couple of books about Nathaniel Banks, and having previously read books about other Civil War political generals like Benjamin Butler, I was struck by the thought of how it was that political generals ended up receiving a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Fighting Politician: Major General N.P. Banks

Fighting Politician: Major General N.P. Banks, by Fred Harvey Harrington This book is an interesting and not particularly sympathetic biography of Nathaniel Prentice Banks, who is largely remembered only by students of Civil War history, although Banks had a lengthy … Continue reading

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Book Review: Campaigning With Banks In Louisiana, ’63 And ’64, And With Sheridan In The Shenandoah Valley In ’64 And ’65

Campaigning With Banks In Louisiana, ’63 And ’64, And With Sheridan In The Shenandoah Valley In ’64 And ’65, by Frank M. Flinn One of the more interesting aspects of this book to me as a reader is that the … Continue reading

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It’s Headcanon For A Reason

One of the phenomena that I find particularly interesting is the way that people create canons in their head that are based on existing intellectual properties but are not official and confirmed by those who create those properties. It is … Continue reading

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