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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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Book Review: The Butterfly Hours

The Butterfly Hours:  Transforming Memories Into Memoir, by Patty Dann I was a bit disappointed by this little book.  Judging by its title, and subtitle (and especially the note on the title that said that the book had prompts for … Continue reading

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Speak No Ill Of The Dead

Since before the time I have blogged about it, or blogged about anything at all, I have been fascinated by the role of death in reputation, and yesterday provided two very distinct occasions where I had cause to ponder about … Continue reading

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Remembering Fields Of Blackbirds

One of the more odd sort of travel interests I have is visiting battlefields.  Having frequently traveled between Florida and Pennsylvania during my youth, I had the opportunity to visit many fortresses and battlefields relating to the long martial history … Continue reading

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Book Review: Appalachian Reckoning

Appalachian Reckoning:  A Region Responds To HIllbilly Elegy, edited by Anthony Harkins and Meredith McCarroll This book would be more accurately subtitled:  A region’s progressives whine about Hillbilly Elegy.  That’s what this book is:  400 pages of mostly whining essays … Continue reading

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Book Review: My Beloved Brontosaurus

My Beloved Brontosaurus:  On The Road With Old Bones, New Science, And Our Favorite Dinosaurs, by Brian Switek I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did.  Like many children, I grew up watching The Land Before … Continue reading

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