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Book Review: The Endless Knot by Gail Bowen

I come back to Bowen's amazing, loving sense of place and belief in the importance of family and friends. That is grace. Read More »

Book Review: The Hard Way by Lee Child

By the time it's over, Reacher has been in a gunfight with submachine guns and buried the bodies with a backhoe. Read More »

Book Review: School Days by Robert B. Parker

Spenser. He cracks wise, he cracks heads, he cracks the case. Read More »

Book Review: The Road to Wigan Pier

Orwell presented British socialism as an unreal vision peddled by marginal people to an untrusting public. Read More »

Book Review: An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Modern Culture by Roger Scruton

Do literature and the arts, like religion, express social emotions and play a vital part in maintaining an ethical culture? Read More »

Review: The Revolt of the Elites – by Christopher Lasch

These arguments fall outside the conventional ideological boxes, joining conservative social ideas with a radical critique of capitalist economics and social institutions. Read More »

Staying Alive

The politics of narcissism ... protest the failure of the world to live up to imagined aesthetic ideals of peace and harmony. Read More »

The Culture of Narcissism – by Christopher Lasch

The Culture of Narcissism, American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations was a best-seller when it was first published in 1979, and it stands as one of the most distinctive works of social criticism and commentary of the last three decades. Read More »

Movie Review: Serenity

Serenity got some cautiously supportive advance reviews. It’s an adaptation of Joss Whedon’s Firefly TV series. I wasn’t familiar with this series – I went to the movie as a Firefly Virgin. Most or all of the regular cast of the series were in the movie. They have a fair number of TV guest credits and a few movie credits, ... Read More »

Book Review: Philosophy, A Very Short Introduction by Edward Craig

The approach is to explain the project of philosophy, and examine a few of the problems it has addressed. Read More »