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Book Review: Invitation To A Beheading

Invitation To A Beheading, by Vladimir Nabokov Although many have labeled this strange work of magical realism as Kafkaesque, that is not an entirely just comparison.  To be sure, this book is strange and its protagonist, Cincinnatus, is seemingly trapped … Continue reading

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Book Review: Down In My Heart

Down In My Heart:  Peace Witness In War Time, by William Stafford This is an interesting book for a variety of reasons.  If my father had been a literary man, I wonder what he would have said about his own … Continue reading

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Book Review: In The Sanctuary Of Outcasts

In The Sanctuary Of Outcasts:  A Memoir, by Neil White I must admit that although I read a fair amount of memoirs, I have not read many prison memoirs [1].  Among the more thorny problems to deal with in terms … Continue reading

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Book Review: Going Up The River

Going Up The River:  Travels In A Prison Nation, by Joseph T. Hallinan Having read a couple of books by the author before [1], I found it a bit surprising that he had written so much about prisons and that … Continue reading

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Breaking Into Prison

For a variety of reasons I am fond of stories of stupid people.  Just today, for example, in my reading of the news of the weird [1], I came across a story where someone was found to have escaped from … Continue reading

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Camera Obscura

Yesterday, as it happened, our congregational choir sang a song called “In His Hand,” by Marty Parks.  The opening lyrics, sung by the ladies, goes as follows:  “In my darkness He is light, in my weakness He is might.  In … Continue reading

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Book Review: Free Mexican Airforce Will Be Flying Tonight

Free Mexican Airforce Will Be Flying Tonight:  The Trials And Tribulations Of Procuring, Transporting, And Selling Marijuana, by Terry Canipe [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Books Go Social/Net Gallery.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Miracle Of Father Kapaun

The Miracle Of Father Kapaun:  Priest, Soldier, And Korean War Hero, by Roy Wenzl and Travis Heying During my undergraduate studies I took a course in British and Irish history to 1200 AD that included the reading of various kinds … Continue reading

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Book Review: Shakespeare Saved My Life

Shakespeare Saved My Life:  Ten Years In Solitary With The Bard:  A Memoir, by Laura Bates This is an unconventional and particularly complicated memoir.  Although in terms of its length it is not a particularly demanding read at slightly over … Continue reading

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Is An Unjust Tribunal Like A Hurricane?

At times, I like to pay attention to the juxtaposition of seemingly independent stories that, when combined, give a larger context to events that would be far more ephemeral to the concerns of the world at large when viewed in … Continue reading

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