Category Archives: Literature

Frankenstein

This book surprised me. It was not at all what I thought it would be. We are confronted with Frankenstein everywhere in popular mythology; but it is a bastardized version of what Shelley tried to give us, bereft of meaning … Continue reading

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To Talk of Many Things… (Vol. #4 – Utopia)

“A loaf of bread,” the Walrus said, “Is what we chiefly need: Pepper and vinegar besides Are very good indeed…” Last night I read devotions with my little boy, as I do when I am home and not traveling the … Continue reading

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The Hard Work of Understanding

In this sordid age of journalistic wickedness when those of that treasured profession have decided against their ancient sacred trust of informing, of shining beautiful white light into the darkened corners of our tired world, sometimes nevertheless you come across … Continue reading

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That Eternal Question

Do you ever wonder about greatness? How about mediocrity? I have been considering these things lately – as I grow older and the future ceases to be laid out in a great plane of opportunity before me. As the path … Continue reading

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Moby Dick

This book was not easy to read. Melville is certainly erudite and has a prodigious command of the English language; but the prose is not beautiful, nor is the structure of the novel commanding. The word count on Moby Dick … Continue reading

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Art Predicting Life in Venezuela – On Predictive Fiction

“He withdrew from his satchel his old notebooks, writings that had begun in prison and extended through his wanderings across the country, from the deceased general’s lair of sumptuous violence, to the self-governed villages attempting to free themselves from the … Continue reading

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“Spycatcher” – A Novel

I stumbled upon Oreste Pinto’s work “Spycatcher” in an old used book shop in a quiet park in one of the former Soviet republics. The edition I purchased was printed in Moscow in 1970 and at the end contained fifty … Continue reading

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