Book Review: Samaritans by Jonathan Lynn

Political satire has changed over the last 10 to 20 years thanks to programs like The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Shows such as these go beyond amusing entertainment. They’ve become sources of news and information, vehicles that actually increase political knowledge. Jonathan […]

Weekend Edition: 7-22

Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubez

Atheology Part 1: God Doesn’t Exist; We Do (“The supernatural doesn’t matter, but humans and humanity do.”)

Welcome to the New Trumpism (“This could be Trump’s most far-reaching impact: He’s shown how corrupt a president can go unpunished because of hyper-partisanship.”)

Bookish Linkage

Why medieval libraries chained their […]

Book Review: Crowns in Conflict by Theo Aronson

While reading Theo Aronson’s Crowns in Conflict: The Triumph and Tragedy of European Monarchy 1910-1918, an essentially biographic approach to World War I’s effect on Europe’s monarchies, I often thought of another book I read years ago. The Fall of Eagles, C.L.Suzberger’s account of he fall of the Habsburg, Hohenzollern, and Romanov dynasties, was on […]

Weekend Edition: 7-15

Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubez

All the President’s Lawyers (“For all the uncertainty about what a Trump presidency would bring, one thing should have been clear from the start: It was going to involve a lot of lawyers.”)

We Don’t Need No Education (“The notion that there was a golden age of conservative […]

Weekend Edition: 7-8

Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubez

Junkie Running Dry (“Some people simply cannot handle the fact that Donald Trump was elected president. One of those people is Donald Trump.”)

Legal Idiocy of the Week

A Kenyan lawyer is — for the third time no less — suing Israel, Italy, and long dead historical figures for […]

Book Review: Red Fire by Wei Yang Chao

While the American Revolution is central to the Fourth of July, America also seemed to encounter a revolutionary temperament in 1968. We weren’t alone; revolution also seemed to be in the air in Europe. Even the counterculture symbol The Beatles would record their first politically explicit song, “Revolution.” Yet you’ve got to wonder how much […]