Tag Archives: memory

Book Review: Remembering Slavery

Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences Of Slavery And Emancipation, edited by Ira Berlin, Mark Favreau, and Steven F. Miller During the 1930’s, an act of oral historiography was undertaken in which a variety of researchers were … Continue reading

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Future Negative Nostalgia

One of the most fascinating asymmetries that exists in the lives of human beings is the asymmetry between looking forward and looking back. As imperfect as our memories are, whether speaking individually or collectively, they are nonetheless far better than … Continue reading

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Book Review: Cult City

Cult City: Jim Jones, Harvey Milk, And 10 Days That Shook San Francisco In reading this rather unpleasant but deeply interesting book, I was struck by the question of whether the ten days that the author writes about with a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Simply Anna

Simply Anna: A Regency Romance, by Jennifer Moore Having read two books by the author now, I think I have some idea about what she is about and the way that she deals with romance novels, and I have to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Reminisces About Abraham Lincoln

Reminisces About Abraham Lincoln, by Ira Haworth This book is a strange beast as far as one of the 14,000 or so books are that deal with Abraham Lincoln.  For one, this book is very short (at only 36 pages … Continue reading

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Book Review: Wave Of Destruction

Wave Of Destruction:  The Stories Of Four Families And History’s Deadliest Tsunami, by Erich Krauss It is easy to have compassion on the subjects of this book, as they represent the sort of Thai person I knew well when I … Continue reading

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Something Gained And Something Lost

What is the obligation that we have to reflect upon the worst as well as the lives of other people?  There is a longstanding cultural tradition, although one that has been considerably eroded as of late, that we should speak … Continue reading

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Book Review: Tigana

Tigana, by Guy Gavriel Kay It is rather striking that in this book’s afterward the author claims that he was in part inspired to write this moving book about memory by the sight of the notorious communist photos where people … Continue reading

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Book Review: Wittgenstein’s Poker

Wittgenstein’s Poker:  The Story Of A Ten-Minute Argument Between Two Great Philosophers, by David Edmonds & John Eidinow Calling Wittgenstein a great philosopher would appear to be a highly charitable view given his terrible sense and fondness for oracular statements.  … Continue reading

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Book Review: Owning It All

Owning It All, by William Kittredge This book is certainly a strange one, although by no means a bad one.  The author comes from Eastern Oregon and expresses the fundamental ambivalence that the West has often had with government.  The … Continue reading

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