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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

A Forest of Symbols

The author of this book about symbolism, Andrei Pop, sets a very high bar for what he is attempting to achieve. He identifies a “present crisis in the humanities”...

Nero, Rome and Fire

A fiery volcano that erupted in Alaska in 43 BCE had a significant event on Rome just a year after Julius Caesar was assassinated. In research published late June 2020...

The First Gay President?

True or false: If Pete Buttegeig becomes President, he will be America's first gay President. Answer: maybe. A book by Thomas Balcerski attempts to answer the question, was James Buchanan...

The Origin of Atoms

The object of this study by Wake Forest University professor T. Gellar-Goad is the poem On the Nature of Things (De Rerum Natura) by Lucretius. It dates from around...

A Book for Halloween

Each Halloween I review a book that seems to set the mood for the most important day of the year. By the Fire is not a book about Halloween,...

The Greek Hero Ajax: Sophocles, Fate and PTSD

One of the iconic images from ancient times is that of two Greek heroes: Ajax holding the body of the slain Achilles. What ensued was a contest between Ajax...

In Search of the Soul

I have always believed that the easiest place to lose oneself is inside one’s own head; of course, it’s the only place to find one’s self too.  Or, at...

BRANDO: The Contender

Johnny Depp, being interviewed, shared a story of how Marlon Brando once instructed him never to do three movies in a year: “We only have so many faces”, was...

The Great Rift: Science and Religion

This book explores the process by which a great rift has opened up between the realms of science and religion. It is not a polemic against the failure of...

The Revenge of the Similacrum

Colin Burrow is fascinated how authors over the millennia have imitated one another. He explains why: “Imitation is an important concept because it is one which has never been...
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The Power of Poetry to Defeat Time

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THE GOD OF ROME

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Carlyle’s Essays

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