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If You Write It, They Will Come

When I was an undergraduate student at the University of Southern California, I was unable to take my General Education requirement for Arts & Letters in a timely fashion, and the most desirable of those electives were only open to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Know-It-All

The Know-It-All:  One Man’s Humble Quest To Become The Smartest Person In The World, by A.J. Jacobs As a lonely and socially maladjusted child, I would find frequent enjoyment in reading encyclopedias, and from time to time I still do … Continue reading

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How I Profitably Spent My Father’s Day

Given the complicated personal history I bring to Father’s Day [1], I tend not to make a great many plans for today.  It so happens though that I received an invitation to go over with some friends and I figured … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lincoln On Race & Slavery

Lincoln On Race & Slavery, by Abraham Lincoln, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The editor of this volume modestly claims not to have been a Lincoln scholar when writing this particular book.  If he wasn’t a Lincoln scholar before, … Continue reading

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While You Were Away, Or, An Open Letter To My Former Desk Neighbor

Dear [name redacted], During my brief visits over the past couple of weeks to send reports via ftp, which I am still unable to do at my regular desk, you commented that you wondered how the sales managers would fare … Continue reading

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The Temperature At Which Books Burn

As a student in public school, like many students before me and since me, I had to read a short novel by Ray Bradbury called Fahrenheit 451, where the main character was a fireman devoted to burning books.  Unsurprisingly enough, … Continue reading

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Book Review: An Outlaw And A Lady

An Outlaw And A Lady:  A Memoir Of Music, Life With Waylon, And The Faith That Brought Me Home, by Jessi Colter with David Ritz [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by BookLook/Thomas Nelson Publishing.  All thoughts and … Continue reading

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On Creating Accidental Books: The Best That I Could Do, Volume 1

How does one go about accidentally creating a book for oneself?  Contrary to popular belief, this is not such an infrequent occurrence for me.  To be sure, not all of the work in creating these books was accidental.  At some … Continue reading

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Johannes Factotum

The first appearance that William Shakespeare made in the wider world of arts and letters was in a ferocious pamphlet written by the now nearly forgotten Robert Greene, in which the Stratford-born playwright was called a Johannes Factotum, a jack-of-all-trades … Continue reading

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Be Thou My Vision

Yesterday, somehow I managed to have two documents sent or given to me that asked for comments and that related to the theme of prophetic vision.  When that sort of confluence happens I feel somewhat obligated to discuss the matter, … Continue reading

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