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What The Willow Knows

Yesterday evening while I was at dinner, a longtime friend of mine sent me a story about a BBC writer who had been unceremoniously kicked out of Russia after having asked obvious but uncomfortable questions to the pro-Russian ruler of … Continue reading

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Lorde: A Decline In Three Acts

Lorde, what happened? Pop culture ultimately does not matter a great deal on its own slender merits. Little of that which is produced today is remembered tomorrow, whether one is dealing with the thousands of books that are published daily, … Continue reading

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On The Ubiquity Of Astroturf

If one is familiar with organized sports, there is in general a strong difference between outdoor and indoor stadiums, and between the sorts of surfaces that teams play on as well as the effect of those surfaces on sports. (In … Continue reading

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I Don’t Want To Hear About It

How does one protect oneself from unwanted and intrusive communication? For the past few years I have become increasingly bothered by the sorts of advertisements I have gotten, to the point where I have deliberately sought as much as possible … Continue reading

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The Politics Of Philemon And The Christian

[Note: This is the prepared text for a split sermon given to the Dalles congregation of the United Church of God on July 3, 2021.] Let’s talk about the politics of Philemon and how they relate to the Christian. One … Continue reading

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Book Review: New World, Inc

New World Inc.: The Making Of America By England’s Merchant Adventurers, by John Butman & Simon Targett While this book focuses on the New World and America in its title, it should be noted that this book is really more … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Myth Of American Exceptionalism

The Myth Of American Exceptionalism, by Godfrey Hodgson This is the sort of book that seems to be written in search of the most obvious criticism it is likely to receive. In fairness to the author, who does think himself … Continue reading

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Book Review: This Blessed Earth

This Blessed Earth: A Year In The Life Of An American Farm, by Ted Genoways It is easy to see how this book could have been a lot better. The main issues with this book relate to the author as … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Fela Kuti

Fela Kuti is the sort of artist whose influence is undeniable, but whose music is not necessarily mainstream in the United States. This is the sort of act whose music and whose approach sits across a great many of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Doughnut Economics

Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways To Think Like A 21st Century Economist, by Kate Raworth This is a book that is not completely worthless, and that is probably the highest praise that I can give it. What is good and true … Continue reading

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