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Tag Archives: books

Sep
5
2018

The End of Political Science

The core idea is sound. According to the author of The Three Languages of Politics, there are three separate buckets of political thinking in the USA: a libertarian bucket, a progressive bucket and a conservative bucket. For each bucket, there … Continue reading

Oct
11
2015

I’ve seen Winston from both sides now

I know about all the setbacks and and the successes. I know all the great put downs (Lady Astor: “If I were your wife, I’d put poison in your coffee.” Churchill: “If I were your husband, I’d drink it.”). I know all the speeches. … Continue reading

Nov
7
2013

No Apologies

I’ve developed a habit in recent years of getting so excited after reading the first few chapters of a book that I want to write a provisional review before I even really know what it’s about. Two chapters into Unapolagetic, I … Continue reading

Mar
31
2013

The Gift of a Book

When I was 20, my girlfriend’s brother bought me Bleak House for my birthday saying “I love buying books for people who will get pleasure from them.” I’ve flirted with Bleak House more times than I can remember but there is always … Continue reading

Jan
3
2013

Review: The Road

The Road is about a man and a boy. And nothing happens.

Nov
26
2012

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori

They carried shameful memories. They carried the common secret of cowardice barely restrained, the instinct to run or freeze or hide, and in many respects this was the heaviest burden of all, for it could never be put down, it … Continue reading

Jul
29
2012

Religion for Atheists

[It’s that time again. That time when I rummage through my unfinished posts folder and decide which one’s would be better out than in and which belong in the digital toilet bowl. This one from March 2012 (barely) made the … Continue reading

Apr
27
2012

1984 Starts Here

Orwell’s Diaries have been serialized daily online for the last few years as though Orwell were a contemporary blogger. His diary started with Word War II and each entry is posted on the day it was written but time-shifted 70 years … Continue reading

Mar
3
2012

Once-ler Goes to Hollywood

Why is that these two statement evoke such different reactions? I hear they are making a movie of  The Lord of the Rings. I hear they are making a movie of The Lorax. Those of us who are fans of … Continue reading