Category Archives: History

Book Review: The Mirror Maker: Stories And Essays

The Mirror Maker:  Stories And Essays, by Primo Levi, translated by Raymond Rosenthal Primo Levi spent a substantial portion of his life, before and after his retirement from his professional work as a chemist, in writing for both political and … Continue reading

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On The Kuleshov Effect In Text

For those who study cinematography or directing, the Kuleshov effect is the way that the context of film shots gives more detail than the shots separately do.  The presence of shots adjacent to each other presents a context that informs … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: The Goo Goo Dolls

When one things about the late 1990’s and early 2000’s adult alternative scene, The Goo Goo Dolls were a pivotal group in that scene.  Like most fans of the group, I first became familiar with them off of their massive … Continue reading

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Book Review: Aliens Are Coming!

Aliens Are Coming!:  The True Account Of The 1938 War Of The Worlds Radio Broadcast, by Meghan McCarthy Despite not having a great deal of interest in aliens or literature about aliens [1], I have a great deal of interest … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Incredible Life Of Balto

The Incredible Life Of Balto, by Meghan McCarthy The author calls Balto one of the greatest American heroes, and if one is comparing him to people like Sonia Sotomayer, one is inclined to agree.  I was slightly familiar with Balto … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Iran-Iraq War

The Iran-Iraq War, by Efraim Karsh The second book I have read by the author (review forthcoming), this is the first book that I have ever seen in a library relating to this war.  Although the Iran-Iraq war was an … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Arab-Israeli Conflict: The 1948 War

The Arab-Israeli Conflict:  The 1948 War, by Efraim Karsh Admittedly, although Israel’s history is definitely something of great personal interest to me, I do not consider myself to be particularly knowledgeable when it comes to the 1948 war that preceded … Continue reading

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On The Purposes Of Job’s Suffering

Yesterday in his latest installment in a series of sermons relating to the book of Ephesians, our pastor made an offhand comment that a fellow member of our church’s Council of Elders had stated that the purpose of the book … Continue reading

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Book Review: The First Conspiracy

The First Conspiracy:  The Secret Plot Against George Washington And The Birth Of American Counterintelligence, by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Flatiron Books courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway.  All thoughts and … Continue reading

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Book Review: I Am Sonia Sotomayor

I Am Sonia Sotomayor, by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos How do you make one of the more problematic justices of the Supreme Court into the subject of a gushing hagiography for children?  The author shows the way to … Continue reading

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