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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: The Human League

When you think of the Human Leauge, most people think of one song, “Don’t You Want Me,” where a man and a woman sing about their romantic frustrations and where a powerful man and a young woman just starting ponder … Continue reading

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Book Review: London Jamaican

London Jamaican: Language Systems In Interaction, by Mark Sebba Does this book need to exist? I’m not sure if it does. What is true is that this book is an effort to deal with the interaction between Jamaican creole and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Rider Haggard And The Lost Empire

Rider Haggard And The Lost Empire: A Biography, by Tom Pocock This book has a strange elegiac tone about it, in that it is discussing someone who had a great deal of what might conventionally be considered as success but … Continue reading

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Book Review: Costume In Context: The 1920s And 1930s

Costume In Context:  The 1920s And 1930s, by Jennifer Ruby This book is what really prompted me to read several in a series that show off the author’s interest in unisex drawings that are a bit anachronistic and that use … Continue reading

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Book Review: Costume In Context: The 1960s And 1970s

Costume In Context:  The 1960s and 1970s, by Jennifer Ruby One of the most off-putting aspects of this book was the way that the author was clearly far more engaged with the decades and their fashion than I was.  The … Continue reading

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Book Review: People In Costume: 1930s and 1940s

People In Costume:  1930s and 1940s, by Jennifer Ruby, In the hands of a capable illustrator and a skilled writer, fashion can tell a story.  It is not always the sort of story that one enjoys reading but it certainly … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Year In The Life Of William Shakespeare: 1599

A Year In The Life Of William Shakespeare:  1599, by James Shapiro This book almost reads like a novel.  Whether or not that is a good thing will depend on the extent that you are willing and able to enjoy … Continue reading

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Book Review: All My Road Before Me

All My Road Before Me:  The Diary Of C.S. Lewis 1922-1927, edited by Walter Hooper How would I feel if someone had taken my Livejournal and Blogger posts as a young adult and compiled them into a large book in … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Puritans: A Transatlantic History

The Puritans:  A Transatlantic History, by David D. Hall This book is really an essential book for someone to read if someone wants to understand the Puritans on their own terms and grasp the complexity of the experience of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Gambling Man

A Gambling Man:  Charles II’s Restoration Game, by Jenny Uglow This book almost made me feel sympathetic with Charles II.  Perhaps the most politically successful for the Stuart rulers, he was able to recover the thrones of England and Scotland … Continue reading

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