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Book Review: Opposing Viewpoints: Popular Culture

Opposing Viewpoints:  Popular Culture, edited by David Haugen and Susan Musser This book is apparently one of a large series of books that seek to combine opposing viewpoints on some subject of contention so that the reader can sort out … Continue reading

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On The Manichean Worldview Of Cannabis Enthusiasts

Quite appropriately, my thoughts on cannabis are similar to my thoughts on Canibus the rapper.  I think that they are good in some ways but that they have far too many enthusiastic fans who exaggerate their claims of greatness and … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Joy Of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over The Place

The Joy Of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over The Place:  The Art Of Being Messy, by Jennifer McCartney Despite being very off-color (its title alone gives that away), this book is a generally enjoyable book to read, at the very … Continue reading

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Book Review: Call Them By Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays)

Call Them By Their True Names:  American Crises (and Essays), by Rebecca Solnit There is an essential problem with this title (and, obviously, the rest of this book).  The author seems to imply in the title that she is able … Continue reading

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A Hermeneutic Of Charity

For those who find the word hermeneutic a bit frightening, it is a word that comes from the Greek word for interpretation, and was coined in the late 17th century by biblical scholars who wanted a suitably fancy word to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Encyclopedia Of Misinformation

The Encyclopedia Of Misinformation:  A Compendium Of Imitations, Spoofs, Delusions, Simulations, Counterfeits, Imposters, Illusions, Confabulations, Skulduggery, Frauds, Pseudoscience, Propaganda, Hoaxes, Flimflam, Pranks, Hornswoggle, Conspiracies & Miscellaneous Fakery, by Rex Sorgatz On the one hand, I am perhaps the ideal reader … Continue reading

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Book Review: Midrash And Mishnah

Midrash And Mishnah:  A Study In The Early History Of The Halakah, by Jacob Z. Lauterbach There are a great many reasons why I looked forward to reading this book and enjoyed it so much.  For one, the book was … Continue reading

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Book Review: 48 Lies About American History

48 Lies About American History (That You Probably Learned In School), by Larry Schweikart The author knows what he is talking about when he criticizes textbooks for the lies they pass along, and he names names in this humorous and … Continue reading

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A Dialogue Concerning The Resurrections

[Note:  For the record, neither of these are stand-ins for the author, though both speak as the author does on occasion, in the elevated manner of a formal scholarly disputation.] Tertius – I saw you shaking your head at both … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Battle For The Soul Of Capitalism

The Battle For The Soul Of Capitalism, by John C. Bogle Those readers who are not aware of the generally corrupt behaviors of many financiers and business executives [1] may think that this title is a bit overly dramatic.  Those … Continue reading

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