Recommended Reading—Summer 2016

[by J. Scott Shipman]   The Storm of Creativity, by Kyna Leski 2017 War With Russia, by General Sir Richard Shirreff The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough Serendipities, Language and Lunacy, by Umberto Eco Paradise, Dante Alighieri, translated by Mark Musa Undertow, by Stanton S. Coerr The White Horse Cometh, by Rich Parks Washington The Indispensable […] Read more »

A glass darkly for princes…

[pre-acknowledged by Lynn C. Rees] Meet Edward Mandell House:   Mr. House has a reputation for being wise and inscrutable. He was also nicknamed “Colonel” House. We need not refer to him by that nickname here. While Mr. House did have a name, he never had a serial number. So he doesn’t deserve the rank: […] Read more »

Book Review: The Discovery of Middle Earth

[reviewed by Lynn C. Rees] As The Discovery of Middle Earth: Mapping the Lost World of the Celts nears its end and appeals to Geoffrey of Monmouth as a source of historical truth proliferate, even the most oblivious reader starts to get the joke: Geoffrey’s Historia Regum Britanniae was a milestone in the genre of historical fiction satirizing historical non-fiction by posing […] Read more »

Pavers of Roads with Good Intentions: R2P Debate Rising Part II.

As I mentioned previously, I needed to make a more substantive reply to Victor Allen’s claims for R2P.  I am very tardy in doing so, for which I apologize to Mr. Allen but better late than not at all. While addressing some of Victor’s specific points, I want to be very clear that in my [...] Read more »

A woman, a ladder, four goats, and a cow named Bessie.

[ by Charles Cameron -- the four goats go with the woman, the cow called Bessie belongs with Hiyakawa's Ladder of Abstraction ] . ** My friend the anthropologist Peter van der Werff recently wrote this paragraph about a woman he met in India: The very poor woman explained me she and her four goats [...] Read more »