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Book Review: Reggae Explosion: The Story Of Jamaican Music

Raggae Explosion: The Story Of Jamaican Music, by Chris Salewicz & Adrian Boot The fascinating aspect of this book, which is glossy and full of big photographs and meant seemingly as a rasta coffee table offering for would-be hipsters, is … Continue reading

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Strictly Amateurs Please

For a variety of reasons, I have often wondered what sort of ideal society I would create as a sort of thought experiment to ponder the effects of certain choices within society. When I wrote a recent collection of connected … Continue reading

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You’re All The Same

One of the difficulties of talking about identities is a certain asymmetry that does not often get enough attention. When we judge identity for those who are close to us, we have the ability to make all kinds of very … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Ideal Of Culture

The Ideal Of Culture: Essays, by Joseph Epstein I must admit that I did not know anything about the author before reading this book. Sometimes that can be dangerous, but in this case the result of reading this book was … Continue reading

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The Ancient City

The Ancient City: A Study Of The Religion, Laws, And Institutions Of Greece And Rome, by Numa Denis Fustel De Coulanges There are several essential problems that make this book a less successful study of ancient Greek and Roman culture … Continue reading

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Book Review: China’s Cosmopolitan Empire: The Tang Dynasty

China’s Cosmopolitan Empire: The Tang Dynasty, by Mark Edward Lewis It is not easy for Westerners to get a good sense of Chinese history, and this book does a good job at pointing out how it is that a dynasty … Continue reading

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Book Review: Through The Language Glass

Through The Language Glass: Why The World Looks Different In Other Languages, by Guy Deutscher This book rather thoughtfully engages a question that is in debate in linguistics and one that I have a deep personal interest in. The question … Continue reading

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Book Review: Empires Of The Word

Empires Of The Word: A Language History Of The World, by Nicholas Ostler This is a fascinating book as someone who is fond of language. How is it that language grow and become spoken far outside their native realm, and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Consequences Of Class And Color

Consequences Of Class And Color: West Indian Perspectives, edited and introduced by David Lowenthal and Lambros Comitas This book is embarrassing. This book is certainly not worthless, but its worth is entirely in demonstrating the lack of fitness, moral and … Continue reading

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Yeet

It is intriguing to see people try to handle slang. And while it is unclear where it is that yeet came from, it is intriguing to note that the grammar of the term, and whether it is a regular verb … Continue reading

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