Category Archives: books

That moment when a child discovers reading

Every child has an ignition point where reading becomes a passion and a gateway to worlds of imagination and wonder. The exact age where that comes varies. Oldest had it when she had just turned 5. I was reading her … Continue reading

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They always cast their spells in ancient Greek

It was while I was watching an episode of “Constantine” recently that I noticed not for the first time that warlocks and sorcerers always seem to perform their magicks in an ancient language. The language varies, but it’s typically one … Continue reading

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‘The Other Wes Moore’

I started reading “The Other Wes Moore” today, a book written by Wes Moore. The book is both biographical and autobiographical, dealing with two men from Baltimore, who grew up with the same name but came to two very different … Continue reading

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Is Severus Snape transgender?

A new article on Vice explores the issues of gender and identity in the world of Harry Potter, with the argument that Severus Snape is transgender. The article takes a while to get going, but when it does, it makes … Continue reading

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William Faulkner and the very bad terrible no good book

I have always hated William Faulkner. Nothing in the past 48 hours has changed my opinion of his writing. I hated “The Sound and the Fury” when I was in college, and to this day I still get a headache … Continue reading

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‘Republican Gomorrah’

‘If there’s a message to Max Blumenthal’s "Republican Gomorrah," it’s this: Be afraid. In his book, subtitlled "Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party," Blumenthal lays out a searing indictment against the religious conservatives who over the past thirty years have come … Continue reading

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‘Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt’

I just finished reading Anne Rice’s novel about the childhood of Jesus: pretty good reading, and not a single vampire to show for. Rice made headlines four years ago when she announced that she was writing the book. As she … Continue reading

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‘The Nightmare of Christianity’

There’s an old saying, “Give the devil his due,” that means we should acknowledge what is right even in those who are wrong. Let’s take a moment to do the same with religion. Over at The Nation, writer Max Blumenthal … Continue reading

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‘The Battle for God’

This book is too ambitious to succeed, but it’s not for want of trying. In “The Battle for God,” author Karen Armstrong attempts to trace the rise of fundamentalism in the world’s three major monotheistic religions, beginning with the rise … Continue reading

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Another castoff book

I’ve been having a good run with PaperBackSwap lately, and getting rid of books that I’ve had lying around the house for years, in some cases staying with me through one move after another. “What the Bible Says About the … Continue reading

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