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War and The Quiet American

War mixes everything up. Or maybe everything is already mixed up and war just jumbles it around. Love and lust and vulnerability; ambition and power and youth. Ideologies and instincts, all shaken together and served upon a platter before a … Continue reading

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“The Old Gringo” – A Book Review

“Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States.” Porfirio Diaz Anybody who knows Mexico has heard of this perhaps apocryphal quote. It is said that every Mexican, when they wake up in the morning have … Continue reading

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Fahrenheit 451 – A Book Review

I now remember reading this book during high school, although that fact had escaped me when I saw the novel perched alongside Ayn Rand in a bookstore in Arizona. I had actually been thinking about reading it, and I knew … Continue reading

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Ayn Rand and Hate

“I hate that book. I hate her. I wrote a thesis paper in school about her hatred for people and the human race.” If that’s how you feel, you might have clicked on this link by mistake. No matter – … Continue reading

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It’s Ink They Worry About

I read a lot of Russian literature. Sharanksy, Solzhenitsyn. Dostoevsky. As I become involved with their work a relationship develops which is helped along by learning their stories. Reading their biographies – trying to understand what shaped their visions of … Continue reading

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“Lady Chatterley’s Lover” – A Book Review

The story goes that DH Lawrence and Earnest Hemingway were friends of sorts. The Belle Époque was raging; Paris was full of artists and dreamers. Brawling and drinking and dreaming – and writing. Hemingway was a “man’s man” who would … Continue reading

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Books Matter

When I saw the picture of a newly elected President Obama reading Fareed Zacharia’s book “The Post-American World” I knew we were in for a bit of trouble. Not because of Fareed’s religion – as the argument went. But because … Continue reading

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