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Audiobook Review: Explorers Of The Nile

Explorers Of The Nile: The Triumph And Tragedy Of A Great Victorian Adventure, by Tim Jeal This particular book takes a tough line that manages to point out that European imperialism doesn’t have as much negative things about it as … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Writer And The World

The Writer And The World, by V.S. Naipaul This is not a bad collection of essays. To be sure, this book is not as good as it thinks it is, but this a common problem. Naipaul as a writer is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Blast Into Exile: Part Four

Officer’s Log: Day 1816 of Alpha Centauri Mission We have discovered the source of the exotic particles coming from the Alpha Centauri system that were spotted only a few years ago as a small trace by the explorers who first … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hermit In Paris

Hermit In Paris: Autobiographical Writings, by Italo Calvino There is a moment in this book where the author fails to realize what an ominous sign a mishandled rhetorical question is. The essay in question is “Was I A Stalinist Too?” … Continue reading

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Book Review: Collection Of Sand

Collection Of Sand, by Italo Calvino This is an odd collection, but it is by no means a bad collection. Calvino faces the sort of problem that humanity in general has to deal with, and that is the desire to … Continue reading

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Blast Into Exile: Part Three

Officer’s Log: Day Seven Of Alpha Centauri Mission It is now the end of the first of many weeks of this mission, and I think I have gotten a handle on the sort of rituals that are necessary to stay … Continue reading

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Blast Into Exile: Part One

Officer’s logs: Hour 151, Day 175 of service, Year 1 It was my good fortune to be in charge of the sensor stations in main base today and it so happens that we sensed a cargo fleet coming from earth. … Continue reading

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Encounter At Isla Uvita: Part Two

Admittedly, this is a strange post to be the first thing we hear about dinosaurs, but it suggests that those who created dinosaurs wanted to have an audience that they knew to be friendly. And though he did not know … Continue reading

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Book Review: Fluent In 3 Months

Fluent In 3 Months: How Anyone At Any Age Can Learn To Speak Any Language From Anywhere In The World, by Beny Lewis This book has at least a little bit of the gimmicky nature of it, and it participates … Continue reading

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The Macedonian Call

[Note: The below is the prepared text of a sermonette given to the Portland UCG congregation on October 24, 2020.] We have just returned from a Feast of Tabernacles that is different from any one in recent memory. Most of … Continue reading

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