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Quixotic book about The Moon

This book review is written by lunar expert Frank Manasek In a somewhat quixotic collection of eight chapters (my copy repeated the first 62 pages, hence the curious collation; the...

Poetry in Archaic Greece

When one thinks of Ancient Greece, the mind goes at once to the so-called Classical Period, when Athens flourished, great philosophy was written, and democracy was born. But there...

The Human and the Divine

Can a human become an immortal, like the gods? Or is it too dangerous to even try? The relationship between the human and the divine in Greek poetry is the...

A Chinese Classic

I’ve always wondered why it is that modern scholars feel more certain that they know the truth about an historical event the farther away they get from it. Something...

Friendship in 18th Century France

As the author of this book tells us, “friendship was a hot topic during the Enlightenment.” Professor Jessica Fripp notes the formal definition of friendship in France, as given...

The Challenge of Nietzsche

I say that William Shakespeare was the first and last man in history to be right about everything on which he spoke; however, I say that Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)...

Soviet Cinema

Having just watched the Soviet science fiction classic Solaris, from 1972, I was wondering what insights Annette Michelson might have been able to offer the world about this deeply...

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...

Hesiod and Pandora’s Box

Those who enjoy etymology will revel in this deeply insightful book on the ancient Greek poet Hesiod. By ancient, I mean really ancient. For those not familiar with Greek...

H. G. Wells and the Pandemic of 2020

“He lived in the future at the same time as the past,” declares author Sarah Cole of H. G. Wells. Thus it is not surprising to see him write...
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