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A Reader’s Workshop

It is very common for people to want to create or attend writer’s workshops, but how many people do the same thing for reading?  There are obviously some asymmetries when it comes to reading and writing, but it should be … Continue reading

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Book Review: 50 Politics Classics

50 Politics Classics:  The Greatest Books Distilled, by Tom Butler-Bowdon At first when I read this book and saw some of the books that were included, I was pretty irritated because they are not classics in the sense of being … Continue reading

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Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due: The All-In-One Audiobook

Most of the time when I discuss giving credit where credit is due, I tend to choose technologies where some credit is due [1].  Some of these technologies, like adapter plugs or flashing yellow turn signals, are technologies that get … Continue reading

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Book Review: Required Reading

Required Reading:  Why Our American Classics Matter Now, by Andrew Delbanco In reading this book I must admit that I have mixed to adverse feelings about a lot of the books that were included as classics.  All of that, of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ex Libris

Ex Libris:  Confessions Of A Common Reader, by Anne Fadiman It is hard to really think of the author of this book as a common reader.  Indeed, the more one reads about this book, when one does not laugh at … Continue reading

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On Why The Serpent Devours Its Own Tail

Why do serpents devour their own tails?  I speak not of literal serpents here, of course, but rather of human beings.  Let us begin with some examples.  Yesterday night I read Ambrose Bierce’s much-feted book The Devil’s Dictionary (review forthcoming) … Continue reading

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Conversations With My Readers: Part One

One of the intended purposes of my blog is to help spur on conversations on various topics, and from time to time my readers oblige my wish for my blogging to be an aid to interpersonal communication in a variety … Continue reading

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Major And Minor, Or How To Have A Productive Day While In Bed

By the time any of you read this, much of it will probably be out of date, but sometimes I write for myself and only incidentally and accidentally for anyone else.  I thought it might be entertaining for some of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Public Library

The Public Library, a photographic essay by Robert Dawson When I was going to the public library recently to pick up a book that had been on hold for a while, I saw a library display nearby that had books … Continue reading

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I have always hated moving, and one of the things that I hate most is having to put my hundreds of loosely piled books into boxes and putting labels on them, knowing the books will weigh 50 pounds or more … Continue reading

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