Book report #22 (2022)

Triumph and Disaster, and Genius and Discovery, by Stefan Zweig. Pub 1927-1940. Translation by Anthea Bell. These editions published 2016, from translations published in 2013. Reading these was inspired by two previous reads: Stefan Zweig last year, and Benjamin Labatut earlier this year. I really enjoyed Zweig last year, and so wanted to read more,... Continue Reading →

Book report #16 (2021)

These Truths, by Jill Lepore. Pub 2018 This book has been my Everest this year. I wish I had recorded when I started it, but am very glad to be recording that I finished it. It was very long (nearly 800 pages, plus nearly 100 pages of citations), but very good. I recall having read... Continue Reading →

Book report #13 (2021)

The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kinsgsolver. Pub 1998 Another re-read of an old favourite, and another that I often claim as a favourite even though I've only read it the once. This book was both good and popular back in the day, and I read it along with many others in the last heady years... Continue Reading →

Facebook philosophy

I use Facebook frequently (as I've written about before). It is a valuable tool for me for staying connected to friends. I have learned many interesting things - read about news and events that I otherwise would be unaware of. I've been entertained, moved, challenged by post from friends and strangers. I've been on Facebook... Continue Reading →

Plenty to fight about

I confess I'd never heard of Olympia Snowe until she resigned, and know nothing of her track record, her platform or her life. However, I can completely understand her desire to take the opportunity to throw in the towel - or at least to lay it down - in politics. It is her feeling of... Continue Reading →

Despairing of Afghanistan

I've been unable to find this in recent news - did Hamid Karzai call Obama and apologize for the recent deaths of US soldiers at the hands of Afghani police or civilians working on American bases? I suspect that the diplomacy of apology is only required in one direction. I doubt that this apology from... Continue Reading →

Political Correctness Run Amok

Every now and then I get mad enough at the BC Liberals that I contemplate voting NDP the next time around. And then I see something like this. Here is a political party that is more interested in meeting politically correct quotas than allowing the best and the brightest to represent them. While I get... Continue Reading →

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