Monthly Archives: December 2019

The Prose of the Mountains

The stories of the Caucuses reverberate with the ancient lands over which people have fought and suffered and died for millenniums. They are tales infused with the natural beauty of the indomitable gorges and ravines illuminated by the radiance of … Continue reading

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On Student Debt, the Albatross and the Year of Jubilee

Originally posted on Joel D. Hirst's Blog:
Ah! well a-day! what evil looks Had I from old and young! Instead of the cross, the Albatross About my neck was hung So goes a stanza from the poem “The Rime…

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Fathers and Sons – A Review

Fathers and Sons is a novel about Russia, above all. A Russian empire still firmly under Tzarist control before the wars against the Ottomans and the Germans undermined and eventually ended that ancient dynasty. But its also about a Russia … Continue reading

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On Absurdism and its Minions

We are told these days that truth is not objective. Nothing is right or wrong, not really. Simply the mood of the day, the fickle ebb and flow of culture. But who decides? We have replaced our philosopher kings with … Continue reading

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