True story: There was, a couple of decades prior to the year 1000 AD, an aging French bishop, known only by the name Father Gerbert. He cared little for church politics and was considered to be at the end of his career within the church hierarchy. He was “stranded” at Reims, France, and considered something […]Read More He With The Most Books
Next month, July 12, will be the 200th birthday of Henry David Thoreau. The man most remember as just another author read in high school English classes, was in fact an early American man of letters, an archetypal naturalist, and a person both reviled and respected for his moralist posturing. William Howarth, a Thoreau scholar, […]Read More A Human Seed Within Nature
A Million Fragile Bones, by Connie May Fowler More and more, it seems, there are two paths humanity can take as we wend our way through our evolutionary steps and missteps. One is to retire into enclaves, in which we’ll have our technology to filter our water, to purify our air, to grow […]Read More Oil and the Human Soul
There’s a fine article in the June 2017 issue of The Atlantic by Graeme Wood about Alt-Right guru, Richard Spencer. I make note of the article, “His Kampf,” only because it’s fine journalism and Wood’s writing is elegant. Still, it gives great insight into the Alt-Right’s political underpinnings and its aspirations for the current administration […]Read More Democracy Scorned
American War, by Omar El Akkad First novels aren’t often ready for inclusion in the canon of American literature. True, they will likely demonstrate a raw, natural talent with language and a gift for storytelling. Invariably, though, some fundamental technique or another needs to be polished and expanded upon. El Akkad’s first work of fiction, American War, fits these […]Read More Civil War Redux, or How Do You Like War Now?
MinerDa, by Lyn Fairchild Hawks and Robin Follet I’ll admit I’m way out of my league here. Graphic novels and junior high/high school bullying, while the stuff of teen culture in the new century, aren’t in my wheelhouse. But I thought while I’m emphasizing Kid Lit, I’d take this one on. After all, who doesn’t […]Read More A Nerdy Girl, or But Then What Is Normal?
This week I’m beginning something new – something I’m barely aware of – books for kids, i.e., kid lit. I’m starting it off with a new series begun by a civil engineer from Atlanta – Sammy Powell. In my estimation Powell has natural storytelling skills for this age group, and as a result he’s a […]Read More Kiddies Can Be Curious