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Book Review: 30,000 Years Of Art

30,000 Years Of Art:  The Story Of Human Creativity Across Time & Space, by Amanda Renshaw More or less, this book accomplishes what it sets out to do.  It seeks to provide a chronological view of art that recognizes classic-level … Continue reading

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Book Review: How Art Made The World

How Art Made The World:  A Journey To The Origins Of Human Creativity, by Nigel Spivey Sometimes books can be helpful in unintentional ways.  Such was the case with this book, which managed through a perspective that is antithetical to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Fracture Zone

The Fracture Zone:  A Return To The Balkans, by Simon Winchester Not often does one get a second chance to better understand an area where one had previously visited, although admittedly it happens more often for writers and journalists perhaps … Continue reading

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Rules For Thee, But Not For Me

Frequently I read books, to say nothing of news articles, that show a great deal of panic about climate change and that claim that drastic changes are necessary in the lives of ordinary people for this to be avoided.  To … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Beck

Can a one-hit wonder be an obvious snub for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?  Absolultely, if you’re talking about Beck.  A stylistic chameleon who kept on seeking to show diverse facets of his complex musical persona throughout a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Against Happiness

Against Happiness, by Eric G. Wilson I wanted to like this book more than I ended up liking it.  On the face of it, as a deeply melancholy person who has long struggled with chronic depression and related issues, and … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Country Called Prison

A Country Called Prison:  Mass Incarceration And The Making Of A New Nation, by Mary D. Looman & John D. Carl I must admit that my feelings about this book were considerably mixed and that my own approach to crime … Continue reading

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Separate Is Unequal?

As one of my random personal research projects I have been reading about Plessy v. Ferguson and its consequences in American society, and one of the things that has bothered me about it is the resolute assumption being made, both … Continue reading

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Faults Of Laws And Faults Of People

Earlier today I was looking at some of the outbound links on my blog and I saw that there had been a link to a website that deals with the portrayals of Muslims and the fear and violence that is often … Continue reading

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Life Among The Stans

If you want to see a community full of a narrow jargon and low intellectual and rational capability, there are few better communities to watch than stans of various musicians.  As someone who spends too much of my limited time … Continue reading

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