Category Archives: Book Review

“The Baron in the Trees” by Italo Calvino

There are all types of writers. Writers who make you think. Writers who make you laugh, or who make you cry. Writers who show you another side of a world you have never considered. Writers who open their hearts to … Continue reading

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The Prose of the Unfree

Did you know that the communists invented an entirely new genre for literature? When people talk about ‘Socialist Realism’ they most often think of the paintings of Diego Rivera like “Man at the Crossroads”, the heroic laborer seizing fearlessly the … Continue reading

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Reading “The Hobbit” to my little boy

I just finished reading The Hobbit to my little boy. It’s fitting, I think – isn’t it? That his first real book, “A chapter book” as he calls it, would be that one. Oh sure we’ve read Dr. Seuss and … Continue reading

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The Kings of West Africa

A petty noble emerges; a void or a vacuum, leftovers of a great war or famine is filled by his dominion and something new is born. It grows, consuming all in its path, for stability in empire is mostly secured … Continue reading

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The Nostalgia and Sorrow of the Southwest

There is something special for me about Native American literature. Maybe it’s because so many of the stories take place in lands that I also have known. For I too am a child of the southwest and have the desert … Continue reading

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Why Read the Classics?

It is important for us to read the classics! “Why?” you ask. “Why should I read the classics? Isn’t reading about pleasure, about what I enjoy? I enjoy Harry Potter so much more than The Brothers Karamazov. I move so … Continue reading

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The Inferno of the Living

There’s a cyclicalness to the world that makes us uncomfortable. We in the west prefer to think that things are neatly stacked, one idea upon another in a glorious edifice of success; eschewing the crumbling waste which is not to … Continue reading

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