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.

On The Legitimacy Of The Middleman

Nobody likes the person in the middle.  Throughout the course of human history, imperfect communication and the difficulties of trade and logistics gave certain peoples the role of intermediary in transmitting goods and knowledge from one area to another.  Such … Continue reading

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Album Review: Golden Earring 50 Years Anniversary Album

Among all the bands I have written about for my series on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the fans of Golden Earring have been among the fiercest, upset that someone like myself would know of the band simply … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Spartacus War

The Spartacus War, by Barry Strauss It is unclear exactly what led the author to write this book as a classicist who bemoans the lack of good sources and firm knowledge and has to resort to all kinds of speculations … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Death Of Caesar

The Death Of Caesar, by Barry Strauss I must admit that I like historical true crimes literature, and this book certainly falls under that category.  As the author is a noted classical scholar and a relatively prolific writer, it is … Continue reading

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Nabal: Lessons Learned From The Bible’s Dumbest Man

There are many people recorded in the Bible who are not particularly bright, but my choice for the dumbest person in the Bible is Nabal.  Today I would like to spend a bit of time discussing all the ways that … Continue reading

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Book Review: Primo Levi’s Resistance

Primo Levi’s Resistance:  Rebels And Collaborators In Occupied Italy, by Sergio Luzzatto It is striking, and something I did not know until reading this book, that the place of Primo Levi’s short and spectacularly unsuccessful career as a partisan against … Continue reading

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Book Review: Survival In Auschwitz: If This Is A Man

Survival In Aushwitz:  If This Is A Man, by Primo Levi In this short but powerful book, the author describes his own survival in World War II and some stories of those who did not make it.  The first part … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Periodic Table

The Periodic Table, by Primo Levi, translated by Raymond Rosenthal As someone who reads my fair share of memoirs, I am always struck by those memoirs which present a puzzle to their reader that has to be put together from … Continue reading

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If You Know You Know

It is often thought by those who are not in the know that there is no purpose in tautology.  The statement that adorns this particular personal essay is an example of a tautology.  If you know, you know.  In mathematical … Continue reading

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Book Review: Grace & Guts

Grace & Guts:  Strategies For Living A Knock-Out Life, by Shannon Perry [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Adams PR Group.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] There is little in this book that is particularly … Continue reading

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