Category Archives: Books

That Book about What Everyone Really Knew but No One Wanted to Say

The buzz is all about the new Jane Mayer book, The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals (Doubleday, July 15, 2008) – and yes, you cannot buy a … Continue reading

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The Untouchables

George F. Will is a syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a bit of a baseball fan – there is his book, Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball, and a few others, and lots of baseball columns. … Continue reading

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The Last Gentleman

In this new century – well, almost new, as almost eight years of it have come and gone – it’s hard to figure out what to make of that concept that seems so early Victorian now, the gentleman.     Emerson … Continue reading

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Certainty as Involuntary Response and Complexity as Pompous Thoughtlessness

In the current political climate someone had to say it – we all seem convinced we’re right about politics, religion or science these days. Of course we are, we’re certain – and everyone disagrees. Perhaps it has always been so, … Continue reading

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Crusoe’s Beach

Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, first published in 1719, perhaps the first novel in English, never seems to grow old. It led to Gilligan’s Island after all. The actual title is this – The Life and most Surprizing Adventures of Robinson … Continue reading

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From the Specific to the General

Monday, February 11, after the weekend with all the political high drama but the day before the Potomac Primary, or the Chesapeake Primary, or the Beltway Primary – voters in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia have their say … Continue reading

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Either Elitist Pretension or Vitally Important Something or Other

On the last Saturday of 2007 there was that historic football game – carried on three networks. But that evening three of us didn’t much care for it. Rick, the News Guy in Atlanta, isn’t much into sports – having … Continue reading

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