Monthly Archives: December 2015

The Typewriter Revolution, by Richard Polt: A Review

Although it was one of the most revolutionary machines of the 19th century, the typewriter has been much derided by the increasingly technologically-focussed cognoscenti of the early 21st century. Since the 1980s, we’ve had the expressions digital revolution and / … Continue reading

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The New Grove Beethoven, by Joseph Kerman & Alan Tyson: A Short Review

On this, Ludwig van Beethoven’s 245th birthday, it seems only fair to spend a few minutes thinking back to one of the most influential figures in the history of music, ever. To say that everyone knows Beethoven would be correct … Continue reading

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Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James Loewen: A Review

I’ve always felt that my background in American history was a little weak, and I felt that a book titled Lies My Teacher Told Me might be a nice, light-hearted starting place in relearning some points of American history. My emphasis … Continue reading

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Revelations: Vision, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation, by Elaine Pagels: A Review

When I read large swathes of Pagels’ earlier books (specifically The Gnostic Gospels and Adam, Eve and the Serpent), it was as an undergraduate, a few (well, twenty-ish) years ago, casting around for material to use in a paper. And it was as … Continue reading

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The Eclogues, by Virgil: A Brief Discussion

The reading of ancient literature is filled with complications. In most cases, if a modern reader wants access to a work from the Classical world, they must do so via one of the – sometimes numerous – translations, unless they have … Continue reading

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The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick: A Review

Alternate histories constitute a significant sub-genre in science fiction (although sometimes they stray more into fantasy), even if their writers’ grasp of historical subtlety is not always commensurate with the size of their endeavour. It’s very hard, for example, to … Continue reading

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Vanishing Cornwall, by Daphne du Maurier: A Brief Review

If you think of the works of Daphne du Maurier, you probably have the same sort of images in mind that have been given to us by film treatments over the years: the blasted heath, the storm-tossed moors, the insular … Continue reading

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