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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Charlie Daniels

I’m not gonna lie, I love the smash hit song “The Devil Went Down To Georgia,” and have enjoyed seeing Charlie Daniels shred strings and bow hairs on his fiddle playing this classic tune of outsmarting the devil.  Yet I … Continue reading

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Book Review: When A Bully Is President

When A Bully Is President:  Truth And Creativity For Oppressive Times, by Maya Gonzalez If it were possible to give this book negative stars I would.  This book is the sort that honestly should carry with it some sort of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Romani Gypsies

The Romani Gypsies, by Yaron Matras This book was a bit frustrating to read.  That doesn’t mean it was a bad book–it was quite a good book from the level of its technical competence.  Yet it is not only competence … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Marches

The Marches:  A Borderland Journey Between England And Scotland, by Rory Stewart As a human being I have often found myself dwelling in middle lands, border regions, contested territories on the periphery fought over by multiple parties, with complex views … Continue reading

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On The Many Ways Of Being Anti-Intellectual

From the beginning of my life, I have been marked out as an intellectual, especially given my early fondness for reading and acquiring a highly complex and multilingual vocabulary.  It so happens that I was born in a farming family … Continue reading

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So Am I

Although her name is an obscure one, Ava Max has her own group of stans [1] who call themselves Avatars and who have cheered on the top 10 success of her first American hit, “Sweet But Psycho.”  The second song … Continue reading

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Book Review: Conan Doyle For The Defense

Conan Doyle For The Defense:  The True Story Of A Sensational British Murder, A Quest For Justice, And The World’s Most Famous Detective Novel, by Margalit Fox In general, I have to say that this is a very good book.  … Continue reading

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Vive La Difference

Earlier today I was browsing through the e-mails in my inbox when I read a humorous editorial by someone who wanted to make it plain that it was no great thing to concede to Israel the right to exist.  Generally … 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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Book Review: Odd One Out

Odd One Out, by Nic Stone In stark contrast to many YA novels, the author has a solid idea of the complexities that our contemporary obsession with identity and sexuality brings to friendships and relationships.  Quite strikingly for a novel … Continue reading

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