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On The Shared Universe Problem

What is the difference between writers in the past and writers of the past? The people of history did not view themselves as living in the past, but rather they were living in the present and were not burdened with … Continue reading

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Book Review: Writing Family History Made Very Easy

Writing Family History Made Very Easy: A Beginner’s Guide, by Noeline Kyle This book is a bit frustrating to read for a variety of reasons, and there were a couple of things about this book that made it far less … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lost In The Grooves

Lost In The Grooves: Scram’s Capricious Guide To The Music You Missed, edited by Kim Coooper and David Smay, illustrations by Tom Neely Often I find it easy to rag on hipsters, among whom these authors would definitely be included, … Continue reading

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On The Problem Of Writing Health Cookbooks

It is no mistake that health in the United States is a subject that causes considerable controversy. Among the many aspects of health-related materials that people have are cookbooks. I happen to greatly love reading a cookbook, especially when it … Continue reading

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On The Epitome Of Adam Smith’s Wealth Of Nations

Over the course of more than a day, I have been in a fascinating discussion with some acquaintances about the nature of authorship. One of them brought up a book that he had read and liked that was a summary … Continue reading

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On the Natural Proliferation Of Books

A friend of mine wanted to get in touch with me urgently this evening and I was, as one might imagine, rather curious to know why. As it happens, the friend was doing a presentation on some of the subjects … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace

Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace: The Private Diary Of A Victoria Lady, by Kate Summerscale, read by Wanda McCaddon If the author of this book or Isabella Robinson, the author of the diary that forms the center of this book, expects to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Reading Like A Writer

Reading Like A Writer: A Guide For People Who Love Books And For Those Who Want to Write Them, by Francine Prose It is perhaps inevitable that someone named Francine Prose would not only love literature enough to write books … Continue reading

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On The Appeal Of The Memoir

One of the realities that is easy enough to face as a reader is that there is a huge supply of memoirs for a reader to read and review. It is not very difficult to account for the large supply … Continue reading

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The Stories That Are Never Told

One of the issues that we have to deal with in history of any kind, or any field which depends on the historical record, is the stories that are never told. That this is a problem ought not to surprise … Continue reading

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