Weekend Edition: 4-24

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Boycott Arizona.

David Laskin, author of The Long Way Home (which I reviewed earlier this month) will present a program based on the book and do a book signing at the Old Courthouse Museum this Tuesday at 7 p.m. He will also speak and sign books at the Freeman Public Library in […]

Friday Follies 2.11

Stupid Legislative Trick of the Week 1: The Arizona House passed a bill requiring presidential candidates to show their birth certificate if they want to be on the state’s ballot.

Stupid Legislative Trick of the Week 2: The Georgia legislature has passed a bill to outlaw nonconsensual microchip-implanting. The post indicates our neighbors to the […]

Book Review: Armenian Golgotha by Grigoris Balakian

Given recent history, it would seem the term “ethnic cleansing” is of late 20th Century origin. Armenian Golgotha, Grigoris Balakian’s firsthand account of the Armenian genocide during World War I, disabuses any such notion. Balakian, an Armenian priest, notes several times that the Ottoman Empire embarked on an intentional campaign to “cleanse” itself of Armenians.


Weekend Edition 4-17

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The Downtown Sioux Falls Jazz Crawl is tonight.

Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes

Carrots Used to Be Purple Before the 17th Century.

Bookish Linkage

The Pulitzer Prizes were announced and, naturally, I read none of the books that won or were finalists.

But I have read three of the eight books […]

Friday Follies 2.10

Prince Edward Island, like the rest of the world, is short one law that might do all of us some good. A provincial judge found a junior hockey player not guilty of assault last week but, the judge said, “If he was charged with being a colossal asshole, I would find him guilty.” (Lowering the […]