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.

Mysteries Of The Bible: How Was David Conceived In Sin?

Earlier today I received a text message from a friend of mine who had a question about something that David had said in Psalm 51:5, which says:  “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Marriage Of Cadmus And Harmony

The Marriage Of Cadmus And Harmony, by Roberto Calasso If Roberto Calasso’s writings inspired the work of ambition that is Foucault’s Pendulum, then Calasso deserved to be ruthlessly skewered as the book’s clueless protagonist.  It is not right to say … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Art Of The Publisher

The Art Of The Publisher, by Roberto Calasso One can be most charitable to an author like Roberto Calasso if you see him as a blogger instead of as a philosopher.  One expects a blogger, especially one who specializes in … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Unnameable Present

The Unnameable Present, by Roberto Calasso There is something worse than ignorance, and that is the pretension of having knowledge.  If the author had been an essayist whose approach was a sign that the author recognized that there was a … Continue reading

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Speak No Ill Of The Dead

Since before the time I have blogged about it, or blogged about anything at all, I have been fascinated by the role of death in reputation, and yesterday provided two very distinct occasions where I had cause to ponder about … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Lost Island Of Maps

The Lost Island Of Maps:  A True Story Of Cartographic Crime, by Miles Harvey At the basis of this book is a compelling story.  As is often the case, though, with a story like this, the author felt it necessary … Continue reading

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Book Review: GIS For Dummies

GIS For Dummies, by Michael N. DeMers I must admit at the outset that I am not part of this book’s target demographic, which is people who are working for companies or who run companies that are looking to adopt … Continue reading

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Book Review: Geography For Nongeographers

Geography For Nongeographers, by Frank R. Spellman This book was a great disappointment to me for several reasons.  Some of these reasons are related to the slant that this book has when it comes to this material from a political … Continue reading

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A Poverty Of Language

One of the most profound ways that a language can be impoverished is to be unable to express or describe something.  There are, of course, various ways this issue can be overcome.  One can have languages like Hebrew, for example, … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: The Skeptic’s Guide To American History

Great Courses:  The Sketpic’s Guide To American History, taught by Professor Mark A. Stoler This particular audiobook disappointed me.  I consider myself a rather skeptical and critical person when it comes to myths of history, and this book certainly was … Continue reading

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