Category Archives: Books

In Praise of Contrarians?

Of course, you deserve to be reading some items from the New York Times, right? This gem comes from a review of Max Beerbohm, a man I have rarely encountered, but just might have to pick up his selected essays … Continue reading

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Around The World In 10 Minutes

Andrei Rublev — which if you haven’t seen the film, you ought to. One of the most things your humble writer faces from time to time is that there’s so much quality stuff out there: arts, culture, politics, and books. … Continue reading

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Abstraction in Design and Speech

Jason Kottke’s blog has always been a great read.  Never boring, always focused on content, and rarely do you get an uninteresting post.  It’s truly what the blogosphere used to be in the mid-naughties (and perhaps an era we will … Continue reading

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NYR: A Weapon for Readers

I’ll be the first to admit.  I can’t stand marginalia, though I am the very first to feel that intensity of pride when I read through my grandfather’s books to read his notations in the margins. So I’m having a … Continue reading

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UK Telegraph: You have to be a terrible monster to write

Not sure I agree with this, but I’ll toss it out there anyway: Tóibín explains that he once told a class that “you have to be a terrible monster to write. I said, ‘Someone might have told you something they … Continue reading

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Anne Applebaum and Sovietization

Now isn’t this a telling observation: Sovietization was never simply about political institutions or social structures. Young communist cadres absorbed from their teachers the thinking of a new civilization, where anything not under the party’s control was suspicious, probably hostile. … Continue reading

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UK Guardian: Why Handwriting Matters

I will be the first to proudly admit this.  I own a fountain pen, and I am damn proud of it. …and I wish I had paid more attention to handwriting class at Montfort Academy: For each of us, the … Continue reading

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The American Conservative: Allan Bloom and the Neocons

Patrick Deneen writes about “the philosopher despot” Allan Bloom: While I continue to learn much from Bloom, over the years I have arrived at three main judgments about the book’s relevance, its prescience, and its failings. First, Bloom was right … Continue reading

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The DIM Hypothesis Is a Waste of a Tree

In a bookstore, you will see a book called “The DIM Hypothesis” by Leonard Peikoff. I am ashamed to say that after grinding my teeth through the first 20 pages of the most vapid and horrific (and wrong) defense of … Continue reading

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From the Ruins of Empire

Fort Zeelandia, Taiwan OK, I have an ulterior motive for writing this… not just because it looked interesting on the Arts & Letters Daily website — which if you are not reading, you are doing yourself a tremendous disservice — … Continue reading

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