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Pooh, Books, and Dads

July 18th, 2011, 3 Comments

If I think back to fond memories of being with my dad during my childhood, there’s one thing that always comes back first. It’s those late summer evenings outside. Dad often had outdoor projects going on of some sort. I’d go out there hanging around, maybe chatting, maybe playing with cats, or maybe doing something […]

War and Peace

May 30th, 2011, 4 Comments

I doubt I have ever read a book that had as significant an impact on me, and my act of reading it had on others, as this one. Conversations like this were frequent: Someone, upon seeing me reading my Kindle, would ask what I am reading. “War and Peace.” “Oh. . . uhm, wow.” “Yeah, […]

Looking back at 2010: reading

January 4th, 2011, 1 Comment

A year ago, I posted my reading list for 2010. I listed a few highlights, and a link to my Goodreads page, pointing out that this wasn’t necessarily a goal, just a list of things that sounded interesting. I started off with Homer’s Iliad, which I tremendously enjoyed and found parallels to modern life surprisingly […]

Greek Mythology and the Old Testament

January 27th, 2010, 105 Comments

I have lately been reading Homer’s epic poems: first The Iliad, and now I am nearly done with The Odyssey. I figure there isn’t anyone alive today that believes that Zeus literally caused thunder in answer to a prayer, or that Athene really transformed Ulysses between having a youthful and an aged physical appearance at […]

Sing to Me, Muse

January 11th, 2010, 8 Comments

(a review of Homer’s Iliad) Here, therefore, huge and mighty warrior though you be, here shall you die. – Homer (The Iliad) And with that formidable quote, I begin my review of The Iliad. I shall not exhaust you with a rehashing of the plot; that you can find on Wikipedia. Nor shall I be […]

Review: A Christmas Carol

December 15th, 2009, 2 Comments

I guess you can say that A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens has been a success. It was published in 1843 and has never been out of print since then. It’s spawned all manner of plays, films, adaptations, and spoofs. It’s been adapted at least twice by Disney, once featuring Mickey Mouse and another time […]

Review: David Copperfield

March 24th, 2009, 3 Comments

I finished reading David Copperfield on the Kindle a few days ago. This is a review of the novel, not the Kindle. I’m not an English major, and so I’m not going to pretend to be one. I’m not going to discuss what themes the book touches on, what category it fits in, or generally […]

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