Love and War, Greek-Style

The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller Personally, I never paid much attention to the stories behind the Greek and Roman myths. Why? They always seemed rather sketchy. Too, I never approached them in the context of Latin and Greek studies the way the author has. What this nine-year teacher of Greek and Latin has…

The Gateway Arch: A Biography

  Having a structural engineering background, I understand – as the title of this book implies – the urge to think of mega structures as more than imposing artifices. Yes, we often see them as living, breathing entities. After all, they’re as susceptible to wind as are trees. They, like most any plant or animal,…

The Joy of Heart

Mammals and birds have hearts with four chambers. Reptiles and turtles have hearts with three chambers. Fish have hearts with two chambers. Insects and mollusks have hearts with one chamber.  Worms have hearts with one chamber, although they may have as many as 11 single-chambered hearts. Unicellular bacteria have no hearts at all; but they…

A Family Way

  The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett There are really only two types of stories in American – or for that matter, any – fiction: Poor family struggles to overcome their poverty, and either overcomes it or comes to terms with it, or Rich family that achieves success, then struggles with mortality, loss of status,…

The Geometry of Universal Mind – Volume 2

Some may react to my curiosity with Geometry by rolling their eyes, but there are some who may actually make use of this work. It’s not your high school geometry – it’s closer to Plato’s theory of forms than that. This volume sets the stage for a deeper dive, but this volume will help you…

Clancy Time Again

Back in January, I commented on Amazon Prime’s (relatively) new Jack Ryan series. It’s a brief one as TV series go, only eight episodes, and I recently found myself caught up in the latest season – binge watched it, in fact. If you’ve been a Tom Clancy fan over the years, you’ll find this Jack…

Weaponizing Literature

The Secrets We Kept, by Lara Prescott Coming up with a subject for a novel can be predictable, or it can be an instance of inspiration. The Secrets We Kept, I think, had to have been the latter. The Soviet Union in the late 1950s tried its best to maintain the vaunted Russian tradition in…