Thoughts: The Name of the Rose

The dangers of faith and fear, and the only truth we should seek.

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Ulysses S. Grant – An Archetype of American Leadership

The United States midterm elections take place on Tuesday, November 6.  If you have not already done so, you should review the candidates appearing on your ballot at http://www.vote411.org.  This website provides useful summaries of platforms and policy positions, in addition to highlighting those candidates who do not even bother to answer simple questions (automatic…

Stephen King Writes Non-Fiction Too

Many may know this fact by now, but Stephen King, the decorated novelist, once wrote a non-fiction book.  Although I am fairly late to the game, considering he published On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft in 2000, I am happy to have finally discovered this gem. By way of disclaimer, this is the first…

The Little Paris Bookshop: A Review

What a delightful read.  I purchased this book at an independent bookstore in Austin, Texas (BookPeople).  Nothing about it screams Austin, nor does it have anything to do with Texas or the American south.  Far from it, in fact.  It is a story of a Frenchman who lives in Paris and owns a floating bookstore…

My First Audiobook – Manhattan Beach

I have forever been a hard copy reader.  Most of the news I consume is from paper newspapers.  Rarely will I read an iBook or any other electronic novel.  I disdain reading documents on the computer at work and instead print out anything longer than a few paragraphs.  Many of these preferences are due to…