Author Archives: nathanalbright

About nathanalbright

I'm a person with diverse interests who loves to read. If you want to know something about me, just ask.

Laogai Planet

Recently, China passed a law that appears to claim some sort of extraterritoriality in enforcing its laws against anyone who is viewed as a critic.  It has not been enough for China, apparently, to oppress its own people, especially its … Continue reading

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Album Review: Best Beethoven 50

Best Beethoven 50, by various artists It is sometimes fascinating to ponder best of and greatest hits compilations for classical artists [1], and this three-disk compilation provides an interesting picture of what Warner Classic believes is the best material of … Continue reading

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Album Review: Haydn: Symphonies #82, 84

Haydn:  Symphonies #82 & 84, by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra It is interesting to note that in the cosmopolitan world of the eighteenth century a talented and prolific composer like Haydn can be a patriotic Austrian composer–so patriotic he … Continue reading

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Album Review: Haydn: Symphonies # 44, 45, & 49

Haydn:  Symphonies #44, 45, & 49 I must admit that while I listen to a fair amount of classical music that occasionally I find myself listening to music from labels or at least imprints that are unfamiliar to me, and … Continue reading

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But Is It Righteous Blood?

Over the past few weeks, I have noticed that a particular blog entry of mine from early in my writing has been very popular, that relating to the scripture in the law that refers to righteous blood calling out to … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: The Foo Fighters

It is hard to find too many contemporary rock groups whose position as rock acts as well as culturally significant figures is as solid as the Foo Fighters.  It seems perfectly appropriate that Dave Grohl, once the drummer for Nirvana, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Family Album Of Favorite Poems

The Family Album Of Favorite Poems, edited by P. Edward Ernest This book was published originally in 1959 and printed in 1983.  It could not be printed today, at least not without dire threats being sent to the publisher and … Continue reading

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Book Review: The English Reader

The English Reader:  What Every Literate Person Needs To Know, selected and introduced by Michael Ravitch & Diane Ravitch I have long been fascinated, even if I find much to disagree with, concerning the practice of some writers to demand … Continue reading

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Book Review: New Poems

New Poems:  By Rilke, translated from the German by Joseph Cadora Sometimes it can be a bit disconcerting to read a book that his hyped as a big deal and then to wonder what the big deal is because it … Continue reading

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Second Mover Advantage In American Military History

The United States has been in a great many wars, but many of them have followed a consistent pattern.  The Americans are minding their own business blithely going about their business of trading and seeking to do business throughout the … Continue reading

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