Category Archives: Book Review

A Story About Friendship

Last night I finished “Charlotte’s Web” with my little boy. “I feel sort of sad for that spider,” he told me as we got to the end and the little grey spider announced she was going to die. “I know,” … Continue reading

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“East of Eden” – This Story of Us

There exist in nature archetypal stories, product of life which repeats itself over and over again in an endless closed loop. Eventually these stories, so profoundly part of the human experience, become trapped so completely in our psyche that they … Continue reading

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The Deep Magic and My Little Boy

I’m teaching my son about the deep magic. The powerful forces that exist outside time and place, those things that we inherit product of our special status as humans and which are unchanging; rock islands standing strong amidst the raging … Continue reading

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Ibn Tufayl’s “Hayy Ibn Yaqzan” – A Book Review

I have a friend who was an erstwhile archeologist. Not Zahi Hawass, digging piles of gold from the sands of ancient Egypt but a local archaeologist who worked for a municipality in England. Clearing lands and approving building permits, excavating … Continue reading

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“I, Charles, From the Camps” – A New Novel by, well by me…

I can’t think of more eloquent words to introduce my newest novel than those of my friend Chairman Norbert Mao. Mao was the chairman of Gulu District in northern Uganda, the “Capital of the North” when I worked there during … Continue reading

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Deneen and the Defense of Culture: on “Why Liberalism Failed”

I recently returned home from a business trip. West Africa, Istanbul, Bangkok, Paris and back to West Africa. It’s appropriate that my journey started in West Africa, from whence Robert Kaplan twenty-five years ago warned us of the ‘coming anarchy’, … Continue reading

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The Rag and Bone Bookshop

“Read a book a day” was one of the guidelines of George Whitman to those “tumbleweeds” who visited his English language bookstore Shakespeare and Company in the Latin Quarter of Paris across the Seine from Notre Dame Cathedral. So what … Continue reading

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