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Book Review: The Mirror Maker: Stories And Essays

The Mirror Maker:  Stories And Essays, by Primo Levi, translated by Raymond Rosenthal Primo Levi spent a substantial portion of his life, before and after his retirement from his professional work as a chemist, in writing for both political and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Claw The System

Claw The System:  Poems From The Cat Uprising, by Francesco Marciuliano This book disturbed me, and I found that somewhat disconcerting given the author’s work on cat poetry.  To be sure, after having read five previous works by the author … Continue reading

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Mack The Knife

What is the connection between Bobby Darin and Friedrich Nietzsche?  The answer is Mack the Knife.  It’s a bit more complex than that, though, as “The Ballad Of Mack The Knife” comes from a socialist critique of capitalism, namely the … 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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Book Review: Right Color, Wrong Culture

Right Color, Wrong Culture:  The Type Of Leader Your Organization Needs To Become Multiethnic:  A Leadership Fable, by Bryan Loritts [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Moody Publishers.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] Somewhere inside … Continue reading

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Book Review: Three Plays: Anna Christie / The Emperor Jones / The Hairy Ape

Three Plays:  Anna Christie / The Emperor Jones / The Hairy Ape, by Eugene O’Neill Eugene O’Neill is widely considered to be among the best playwrights ever in the United States concerning drama, having one four Pulitzer prizes for his … Continue reading

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It’s All Fair Game

In our contemporary age, once someone is a public figure every aspect of their lives and behavior is viewed as fair game in attempting to destroy or discredit them.  It should be noted, though, that this tendency is not limited … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Collapse And Recovery Of The Roman Empire

The Collapse And Recovery Of The Roman Empire, by Michael Grant The third century was a period of remarkable stress for the Roman Empire, and as someone who reads a lot about Roman history [1], it was pretty obvious that … Continue reading

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Book Review: Gulag: A History

Gulag:  A History, by Anne Applebaum Sometimes a book can miss the forest for the trees, and that is the case here.  This is not a bad book, unless you consider a book bad because it talks about horrifying subjects … Continue reading

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Book Review: Winterset

Winterset, by Maxwell Anderson It’s not too surprising that this play won awards when it was written and first performed, as this play appears to be precisely the sort of play that was and remains award bait as a drama.  … Continue reading

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