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Book Review: Discrimination And Disparities

Discrimination And Disparities, by Thomas Sowell This was a particularly interesting book to read for several reasons.  For one, this book was by far the last of the books by the author that my library had that I was able … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Shang Dynasty

The Shang Dynasty, by George Cottrell Ancient Chinese history is certainly something that is of interest to some readers and this book serves as a particularly basic and short introduction to the culture and archaeology of this ancient society as … Continue reading

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How The Irish And Italians Became White And How You Can Too

We live in an age where identity politics matter a great deal, and yet we are incredibly sloppy when it comes to thinking of the implications of our identity obsessions.  For example, as I write this my Twitter is telling … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: How To Listen To And Understand Opera: Part 4

Great Courses: How To Listen To And Understand Opera: Part 4, instructed by Professor Robert Greenberg This particular six hours or so of lecture time in eight cds finishes the collection by the professor that introduces the listener to the … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: How To Listen To And Understand Opera: Part 3

Great Courses: How To Listen To And Understand Opera: Part 3, instructed by Professor Robert Greenberg In most of the courses I have listened to in this particular professor’s series, all of which deal with music in the Western concert … Continue reading

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Book Review: Greek And Latin Authors: 800BC – 1000AD

Greek And Latin Authors:  800BC – 1000AD, by Michael Grant I can see why a book like this needs to be written.  People who are classicists need a place to look up the relevant ancient and early medieval writers whose … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sailing From Byzantium

Sailing From Byzantium:  How A Lost Empire Shaped The World, by Colin Wells I don’t know where I became someone who reads a lot of books on Byzantium, but there are a lot of books on that medieval society [1], … Continue reading

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All That You Can’t Leave Behind

After the difficulties that U2 had due to their documentary “Rattle And Hum,” they spent the entire 1990’s subverting their serious attitude to music, before returning once again to their earnest approach to music-making with 2001’s All That You Can’t … Continue reading

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Book Review: Byzantium

Byzantium:  The Surprising Life Of A Medieval Empire, by Judith Herrin Undoubtedly, there are some areas where this book definitely shows a skew towards aspects of social history and contemporary morality that I would prefer was not the case, but … Continue reading

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One Of The Few Glories Of A Decadent Age

It ought not to be in dispute that we live in a decadent age.  To be sure, decadence is something that (understandably) is viewed as pejorative judgment.  Let us begin with a reasonable definition of what we mean by decadent, … Continue reading

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