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Book Review: Questioning Cultural Appropriation

Questioning Cultural Appropriation, by Jonita Davis This is a book written out of fear.  It almost goes without saying that the author and I have diametrically opposite views when it comes to matters of cultural appropriation.  What for the author … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Polish Way

The Polish Way:  A Thousand-Year History Of The Poles And Their Culture, by Adam Zamoyski In many ways this book is a fascinating one.  As someone who is not appreciably Polish in any way, but who finds the history of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Year 1000

The Year 1000:  What Life Was Like At The Turn Of The First Millennium:  An Englishman’s World, by Robert Lacey and Danny Danziger This book was disappointing.  I have read at least some books that sought to convey how life … Continue reading

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Book Review: Puritanism: A Very Short Introduction

Puritanism:  A Very Short Introduction, by Francis J. Bremer Although the quality of this series is wildly uneven [1], in general I am fond of reading these very short introductions of various subjects because the extreme brevity of the text … Continue reading

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Book Review: Haiku (Poetry Basics)

Haiku (Poetry Basics), by Valerie Bodden This book does not exaggerate when it calls itself a basic poetry book.  This book is the very embodiment of basic, and can be read profitably by even an elementary school reader who has … Continue reading

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A Thin Line Between Awkward And Cool

I have spent a fair amount of time trying to figure out what it is that is most bothersome about contemporary ideas of coolness and the elitism of hipsters.  After all, although I have never been a particularly cool person, … Continue reading

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A Fine Line Between Hygge And Sanuk

When I lived in Thailand from May 2011 to September 2012, I became very familiar with the mentality of the Thais when it came to sanuk, which is their word for fun.  Throughout most of my life, I have labored … Continue reading

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Even Ivy Is A Parasite

A group of colleges in New England and the Middle Atlantic states dating back to colonial times call themselves the Ivy League.  As a symbol, ivy represents something that is old, perhaps even venerable, and that has a great deal … Continue reading

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Being Self-Aware About Virtue Signalling

In his fantastic book Vision Of The Anointed, noted economist and political thinker Thomas Sowell commented that all left-wing causes end up in some kind of virtue signalling by which generally immoral leftists nevertheless continually seek to present themselves as … Continue reading

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Death Race For Love

Do celebrity deaths matter?  Today, as I write this, I have two celebrity deaths in my mind.  The first is of rapper JuiceWRLD, a 21-year old who had made two reasonably successful pop albums and had achieved some chart success … Continue reading

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