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  • Torture, castration, rampant sex, murders galore and dwarf tossing. Were Russia's Tsars [tr]

    01/29/2016 6:03:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 29, 2016 | Roger Lewis
    As we know from the stupendous BBC adaptation of Tolstoy's epic novel, War And Peace, the Russians are very good at war, not so pie-hot when it comes to peace. Military parades, manoeuvres and a good scrap are what they like best - and as Simon Sebag Montefiore says in this panoramic study, to Tsar Nicholas II, even World War I, in which Russia fielded more than 1.2 million men, was nothing more than 'a bracing national rite'.
  • The Debate on Whether America’s Best Days Are Past, or Ahead

    01/19/2016 9:06:44 PM PST · by Theoria · 27 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 19 Jan 2016 | Eduardo Porter
    Take a look back at some of the most popular TV programs of the mid-1960s -- "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "Bewitched," even "The Beverly Hillbillies" -- and what do you see? Like today, middle-class Americans typically had washing machines and air-conditioning, telephones and cars. The Internet and video games were not yet invented. But life, over all, did not look that different. There were TVs and radios in most homes. Millions of people worked in downtown offices and lived in suburbs, connected by multilane highways. Americans' average life expectancy at birth was 70, only eight years less than it...
  • Advice on a good children's book for Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

    01/14/2016 10:04:10 AM PST · by BamaGirl · 43 replies
    Today | Me
    Hi Yall! My son's preschool teacher asked me to find a children's book about Martin Luther King Jr. for next week. Does anyone have any advice on a good one? s Thanks in advance! BamaGirl
  • George RR Martin misses last TV deadline for new Game of Thrones book

    01/02/2016 8:26:26 AM PST · by NRx · 33 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 01-02-2016 | David Barnett
    The author of the Game of Thrones series, George RR Martin, has confirmed he missed the last deadline that would have allowed the sixth novel in his fantasy series to be published before the next TV series begins. The failure to meet the 31 December deadline will mean the sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones series will appear on screen before its source material. Martin has been working closely with HBO writers and producers to help the series mirror the books, but the next season is due to start in early 2016 and Martin's sixth book, the Winds of...
  • Conservatives' Biographies Show How History Can Move Right

    12/25/2015 5:45:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2015 | Michael Barone
    Biography is one way -- often the most vivid way -- in which people understand history. The beautifully written biographies of Franklin Roosevelt that rolled off the presses and rose in the bestseller lists in the 1950s and 1960s created a template in which the New Deal was central to American history. It was the culmination of what happened before the 1930s and the model for what should and would happen next. That model was undermined by the success of four-time Roosevelt voter Ronald Reagan, but the idea that every bigger government is beneficial and inevitable continues to be accepted...
  • Steel: from Mine to Mill, the Metal that Made America

    12/20/2015 6:35:42 PM PST · by conservatism_IS_compassion · 17 replies
    Book | 2015 | Brooke C. Stoddard
    I just read “Steel: from Mine to Mill, the Metal that Made America” (2015) by Brooke C. Stoddard. The engineer in me recommends it. The history buff in me recommends it as well. Copper, bronze, and brass are far simpler for primitive manufacture than is steel. Copper is an element, bronze and brass are alloys of copper and tin or zinc, respectively. Steel is an alloy of iron and a low but nonzero amount of carbon. And also, importantly, no phosphorus, which some iron ores contain. Iron ore is iron oxide, and it must be reduced chemically by carbon while...
  • Submission Possible

    12/16/2015 1:41:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 16 | Cliff May
    Michel Houellebecq is a sardonic and iconoclastic French novelist, winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt, and subject of considerable controversy in Europe these days. He deserves to be controversial here in the United States as well. He calls his most recent novel a work of "political fiction." Titled "Soumission" (in English, "Submission," in Arabic, an accurate translation would be "Islam"), it is set in the near future, in France, "a Western civilization now ending before our very eyes." Coincidence No. 1: "Soumission" was published in France the same week jihadis attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo, slaughtering as many members...
  • Schools continue to grapple with 'Huckleberry Finn'

    12/11/2015 7:32:03 PM PST · by markomalley · 69 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 12/11/15 | Justine McDaniel
    After The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published in 1885, the book was boycotted in some places in the United States for portraying friendship between a black man and a white boy."In its time, it was derided and censored," said Deborah Caldwell-Stone, deputy director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom, which tracks challenges to books.Today, Mark Twain's classic - about a boy who flees his abusive father and travels down the Mississippi River with an escaped slave - is still sometimes challenged in American schools, but for nearly the opposite reason: its liberal use of the N-word...
  • How Ancient Rome Killed Democracy

    12/10/2015 4:13:10 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 41 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 9, 2015
    It didn’t take all that much to tip a great civilization into the shackles of empire. Rome holds a special place in the popular imagination. Cast as a culture steeped in myth, with values reminiscent of our own, it is often treated as the forebearer of our own political system, an ancestral democracy that provides a republican link between the present and the ancient past. From architecture to literature to political system, Rome is where it all began. But in his latest book, Richard Alston wants us all to think a little more critically about our beloved Rome. Alston is...
  • How 12 Hollywood Legends Found Faith

    12/05/2015 12:19:48 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    In her recently released book, "Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends," Mary Claire Kendall delves deep into the lives of 12 Hollywood stars from Tinseltown's golden age to reveal a side of them most are unfamiliar with: their faith journeys. Whether they came from broken homes, struggled with addictions, or were rampant adulterers, each of the stars featured in "Oasis" rose from their own personal battle to find comfort and healing in faith.   Townhall had a chance to catch up with Kendall about her book and in the interview below you'll find out what her inspiration for writing "Oasis" was,...
  • Sowell: Christmas Gifts

    11/30/2015 2:39:17 PM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 1, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    People who want to buy Christmas gifts, without having to confront the crowds at the local shopping mall (or shopping maul) can take a load off their feet by buying books or movies on the Internet, while sitting in the comfort of their own homes. In addition to old standbys like gorgeous coffee table books of Ansel Adams' scenic photographs or the collected works of Shakespeare -- or of "Calvin and Hobbes" comics -- there are also many thought-provoking books on current events or on history. People who already seem to have everything may not have DVDs of the latest...
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich and the Importance of a Rightly Ordered Life

    11/25/2015 6:06:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2015 | Erica Wanis
    Leo Tolstoy's classic story, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, is a tale about a man's journey towards death: the denial, the alienation, the terror, and the awful recognition that life has not been lived as it ought to have been. Stricken by a mysterious ailment in the prime of his life, Ivan Ilyich finds himself struggling to make sense of his situation as he witnesses all those closest to him struggle to navigate the unpleasantness of his condition and its impact on their lives. In his hour of greatest vulnerability, Ilyich finds himself isolated and alone, save for the faithful...
  • Ted Cruz as Beowulf: Matching Candidates With the Books They Sound Like

    10/28/2015 7:32:02 AM PDT · by Isara · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | OCT. 28, 2015 | Josh Katz
    Donald Trump falls somewhere between Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen. Ben Carson resembles A.W. Tozers The Pursuit of God. Marco Rubio has a lot in common with Journey to the Center of the Earth, while Jeb Bush is a little simpler and sunnier closer to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondos tribute to decluttering. ...They are instead based on an analysis of the candidates speaking styles in this years presidential debates, measuring both the complexity of their speech and the positivity (or negativity) of the words they use. To help...
  • Carson: Hey, I'm Taking a Break From Campaigning For a Few Weeks To Sell Books

    10/15/2015 11:45:52 AM PDT · by Amntn · 56 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 10/15/15 | Guy Benson
    This man is in second place nationally, and tied for first if you believe a few recent polls. He's steadily gained momentum and ground on Donald Trump, and now he's going to capitalize on his momentum by...stepping away from the campaign trail for two weeks for a hybrid fundraising push/book tour. ABC News reports: Republican presidential contender Dr. Ben Carson has put his public campaign events on hold for two more weeks to go on book tour for his new tome A More Perfect Union and catch up on fundraising events. The campaign has been careful to separate campaign events...
  • Wealth, Poverty and Politics

    10/14/2015 8:03:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    Dr. Thomas Sowell, my colleague and friend, told me several years ago that he wasn't going to write any more books, but that was two books ago, and now he has just published his 45th. The man writes with both hands, as can be seen from his website (http://tsowell.com), which lists his 45 books, 19 journal articles, 71 essays in periodicals and books, 34 book reviews, and occasional columns written in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Star, Newsweek, The Times (Britain) et al. Plus, he writes a semiweekly...
  • Why the Civil War Remains Relevant Today

    10/03/2015 1:28:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 322 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 3, 2015 | Ed Bonekemper
    Although the American Revolution resulted in independence for the United States and World War II made it an international power, the American Civil War was arguably the most important war in American history. It truly was an American watershed. In order to appreciate that wars significance, it must be understood what the Civil War was about. Contrary to all-too-popular opinion, the Civil War was not about states rights. Instead it was all about slavery and white supremacy. As shown in my just-released book, The Myth of the Lost Cause: Why the South Fought the Civil War and Why the North...
  • Review: The Sword of Revolution and the Communist Apocalypse

    09/26/2015 2:06:52 PM PDT · by VRW Conspirator · 5 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | 08/29/2015 | Red Square
    I was hired as a graphic designer and I did my job well, recycling the original revolutionary poster by Dmitry Moor, one of the founding fathers of Soviet agitprop. Now that the book is out, here's my two kopecks. This book has a lot of valid, factual information. At the same time, I remain skeptical about the theory that the breakup of the USSR was only a show so that the communists could take over the world by other means. Not that there aren't powerful forces bending the civilized world towards what they call "progress" (and what I call collectivist...
  • Gilroy Police Looking for Man Who Tore Up 40 Library Books

    09/18/2015 4:04:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Thursday, Sep 17, 2015
    Gilroy police released surveillance images on Thursday of a man they tore up about 40 library books, causing more than $1,000 in damage. Authorities posted the images to Facebook. Police say the man theyre looking for damaged dozens of books at the Gilroy Library on West 6th Street. Authorities didnt specify which titles were damaged. Anyone who has seen the man or can help identify him is encouraged to contact the Gilroy Police Department.
  • One Year After (sequel to One Second After, great EMP novel)

    09/16/2015 10:50:21 AM PDT · by lulu16 · 86 replies
    Good Reads ^ | Sept. 15, 2015 | various
    The thrilling follow-up to the New York Times bestselling novel One Second After Months before publication, William R. Forstchens One Second After was cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read. Hundreds of thousands of people have read the tale. One Year After is the thrilling follow-up to that smash hit. The story picks up a year after One Second After ends, two years since the detonation of nuclear weapons above the United States brought America to its knees. After suffering starvation, war, and countless deaths, the survivors of Black Mountain, North Carolina, are beginning...
  • Author Frederick Forsyth reveals his missions for Britain's MI6

    British thriller writer Frederick Forsyth revealed he had conducted missions for intelligence service MI6 in extracts from his autobiography published Sunday. Forsyth, whose bestsellers include "The Day Of The Jackal", told of how he had assisted Britain's overseas spying agency in the Nigerian region of Biafra, East Germany, Rhodesia and South Africa. While working as a journalist in 1968, he was approached by an MI6 man called "Ronnie" who wanted "an asset deep inside the Biafran enclave" where there was a civil war between 1967 and 1970.
  • 10 Books You Pretend to Have Read (And Why You Should Really Read Them) (science fiction/fantasy)

    08/01/2015 1:29:27 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 237 replies
    io9 ^ | July 30, 2015 | Charlie Jane Anders
    Science fiction and fantasy offer a rich legacy of great books--but that abundant pile of reading material can also be daunting. So sometimes, it's easier to fake it. We asked some of our favorite writers, and they told us the 10 books that everyone pretends to have read. And why you should actually read them. From Asimov to Pynchon, science fiction contains some fantastic, ambitious works of genre fiction. But a lot of us get overwhelmed. And it's not that hard to fake a first-hand knowledge of these books, because they're everywhere, and we've heard people talk about them so...
  • Plunder and Deceit

    07/31/2015 7:34:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    Can we simultaneously love our children and betray their generation and generations unborn? Do I have your attention? I hope so, but I can't take credit for that lead. I stole it from Page 1 of Mark Levin's new book, "Plunder and Deceit: Big Government's Exploitation of Young People and the Future." Conservatives have long decried the left's feigned concern "for the children" while it pursues an agenda that is wrecking their future, from Social Security and other budget-busting entitlements to the undermining of our national security. But no one has devoted a book to turning this meme on its...
  • Question... (Vanity)

    07/24/2015 7:12:49 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 32 replies
    24 July 2015 | US Navy Vet
    Ok all what was the last 3 books that you have read/listened to AND what have been the last 2 movie you have seen(Theatre, Netflix Hulu)? X-tra Credit; Tell us what you thought of one of them.
  • Candidates by the Book

    07/23/2015 8:37:28 AM PDT · by LS
    self | 7/23/2015 | LS
    Candidates, By the Book Recently Senator Ted Cruz and the New York Times engaged in a hot debate over how many books the senator had sold---Cruz won that debate and his book appeared on the Times bestseller list. But it underscored the reality that the more than a dozen presidential candidates have almost all used a book as coming-out biography to fuel their campaigns. Whether it was Barack Obamas The Audacity of Hope or George W. Bushs A Charge to Keep, the biography has been a favored mechanism for political candidates to introduce themselves to the public. Even John F....
  • Finding Humanity in Gone With the Wind

    07/18/2015 3:27:50 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 69 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 16, 2015 | Cass R. Sunstein
    When Americans think about the Confederacy, they often think about Margaret Mitchells 1936 classic, Gone With the Wind. Inspired by recent debates over the Confederate flag, I decided to give the book a try. I confess that I did not have high hopes. I expected to be appalled by its politics and racism, and to be bored by the melodrama. (Scarlett OHara, Rhett Butler, and Ashley Wilkes? Really?) About twenty pages, I thought, would be enough. I could not have been more wrong. The book is enthralling, and it casts a spell. Does it make a plausible argument for continuing...
  • On Ted Cruz Book, NY Times Needs to Put Up or Shut Up

    07/13/2015 12:29:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 13, 2015 | Alex Griswold
    Last Thursday, The New York Times made a very serious allegation against a sitting Senator and presidential candidate. When asked by Politicos Dylan Byers why Ted Cruzs bestselling book A Time for Truth was kept of its bestsellers list, they alleged that the overwhelming preponderance of evidence was that someone (read: someone hired by Cruz) made strategic bulk purchases of the book. Essentially, Cruz was accused of using dirty tricks to try to get his book to the top of the bestsellers list. The next day, Cruzs publisher HarperCollins has spoken out, saying they reviewed sales data and found no...
  • Countdown to Mecca by Michael Savage, a book review

    07/04/2015 7:49:31 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 17 replies
    Hubpages ^ | 07/04/2015 | Tamara Wilhite
    Michael Savage has written his third and final book in the Jack Hatfield series.
  • Cruz to sign books at FoxTale (Woodstock, Georgia)

    06/30/2015 9:38:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Cherokee Ledger-News ^ | July 1, 2015 | Jessica Lindley
    Presidential candidate Ted Cruz will be at FoxTale Book Shoppe in downtown Woodstock on July 3 to promote his new book A Time for Truth: Reigniting The Promise To America.Admission is $30 and includes a first edition copy of the book. The book-signing event begins at 10 a.m., and the store, located at 105 E. Main St., will open to the public after the event concludes. The event ticket includes you and a guest, said Ellen Ward, co-owner of FoxTale Book Shoppe. You will have an opportunity to meet Sen. Ted Cruz and get your book signed. As the son...
  • Fahrenheit 451 (proven more prescient than ever)

    06/25/2015 10:44:38 AM PDT · by Mr. K · 16 replies
    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury ^ | 1953 | Ray Bradbury
    FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury This one, with gratitude, is for DON CONGDON. FAHRENHEIT 451: The temperature at which book-paper catches fire and burns PART I IT WAS A PLEASURE TO BURN IT was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed. With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world, the blood pounded in his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history. With...
  • 10 best books set in Orange County. Did we get it right?

    06/07/2015 1:40:59 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | June 6, 2015 | Peter Larsen
    ... These Orange County stories could be fact but in this case theyre fiction, plots from a few of our list of the top 10 novels or short story collections set in Orange County ...
  • The Challenge: Life Narrative

    06/04/2015 8:40:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2015 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Kristin Carey. The Challenge: Life Narrative Have you ever stopped to consider why "story" means so much to us? Why do great books and great movies enrapture us the way they do? When you pick up your empty popcorn bag and slowly—almost mournfully—make your way out of the theater, or when you finally lay a dearly loved book down after you turn the last page, the deep sense of longing you experience suggests that we crave far more than mere entertainment. In A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, Donald Miller writes about...
  • Osama Bin Laden's leftwing book collection (Chomsky, Perkins, Woodward, 911 conspiracies)

    05/20/2015 8:19:02 PM PDT · by dead · 25 replies
    In total, 39 English language books were found at bin Laden's Pakistan compound along with a wealth of other written materials: The 2030 Spike by Colin Mason A Brief Guide to Understanding Islam by I. A. Ibrahim America's Strategic Blunders by Willard Matthias America's 'War on Terrorism' by Michel Chossudovsky Al-Qaeda's Online Media Strategies: From Abu Reuter to Irhabi 007 by Hanna Rogan The Best Democracy Money Can Buy by Greg Palast The Best Enemy Money Can Buy by Anthony Sutton Black Box Voting, Ballot Tampering in the 21st Century by Bev Harris Bloodlines of the Illuminati by Fritz Springmeier...
  • OK all, what book(s) are you reading now or have you read in the last 6 months?

    05/19/2015 6:48:49 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 153 replies
    19 May 2015 | US Navy Vet
    OK I'll Start; I am now reading this, http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1451684304/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and this is next "On-Deck", http://www.amazon.com/Never-Turn-Your-Back-Angus/dp/1592408974/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432043421&sr=8-1&keywords=dr+pol+book
  • Anthony Horowitz, Conan Doyle, Ian Fleming and me

    05/16/2015 2:22:04 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 3 replies
    ABC - Australia ^ | Friday 15 May 2015 10:26AM
    Anthony Horowitz writes adult novels, teenage spy thrillers, childrens books, TV series, films, plays, journalism as well as fiction-in-the-style of other great writers. He has written in the voice of Conan Doyle and Ian Fleming. He is also responsible for the widespread belief that there is a murderer behind every bush in a place called Midsomer in England, not to mention creating Foyle's War.
  • Texas History Book Reccommendation

    05/12/2015 11:17:35 AM PDT · by Altariel · 26 replies
    Do you have a recommendation for a good book on Texas history?
  • The case for conservative civil disobedience [Book Review]

    05/11/2015 5:33:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Washington Post's Book Party ^ | May 11, 2015 | Carlos Lozada
    Review of "By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission" by Charles Murray.BY THE PEOPLE: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission By Charles Murray Crown Forum. 319 pages. $27. From the tea party to Occupy Wall Street to #BlackLivesMatter, America has spent much of this young century questioning its premises. And as the battles over federal spending, economic inequality and racial injustice continue, Charles Murray comes forward to identify another threat to the nations purpose and self-image: the rise of the regulatory state, a rapacious shadow government that has left us at the end of the American project as the founders intended it....
  • Jack Welch: We Talked about Brian Williams Replacing Jay Leno (Likes Ted Cruz)

    04/15/2015 8:43:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | April 15, 2015 | Brian Kilmeade
    Former CEO of GM Jack Welch and wife Suzy, authors of The Real-Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team, and Growing Your Career, talked to Brian on Kilmeade and Friends about why they wrote the book.---snip--- (AUDIO-AT-LINK)On the 2016 GOP Presidential candidates, Jack Welch told Brian that he is taking a very interesting and deep look into Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) because he likes what he stands for, has guts, and does what he says....
  • Free Kindle Downloads of the Official Biography of Winston Churchill (8 volumes)

    04/10/2015 9:22:02 PM PDT · by Auntie Mame · 54 replies
    Hillsdale College/Amazon ^ | Winston Churchill
    Winston Churchill Day Share By Hillsdale College Apr 8, 2015 5:57:00 PM As the publisher of the Official Biography of Winston Churchill, Hillsdale College plans to host a celebration on April 9 in honor of national Winston Churchill Day!To mark the anniversary of Churchill's honorary US citizenship, Hillsdale College and RosettaBooks are offering free Kindle downloads of all 8 volumes of the official biography on April 9-11 An $80 value, absolutely free!Download your free copies here: Youth, 18741900 (Volume I)Young Statesman, 19011914 (Volume II)The Challenge of War, 19141916 (Volume III)World in Torment, 19161922 (Volume IV)The Prophet of Truth, 19221939...
  • The Science Fictional Foundation Under Paul Krugman, Part One

    04/07/2015 4:55:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2015 | Ralph Benko
    Paul Krugman, a few years ago, wrote at length to extol the magnum opus of science fiction grandmaster, Isaac Asimov, theFoundation Trilogy. Prof. Krugmans reflections thereon are of keen interest. I met Asimov once, 40+ years ago, at a world science fiction convention. I even got him to autograph my Science Fiction Book Club copy of The Foundation Trilogy. This compilation of three novels is an SF classic. I, then and since, found it too dull to read in full. (Asimovs I, Robot then was much more engaging to this long-ago SF geek. But nothing Asimov wrote really rivaled Heinleins...
  • A Perfect Day for Needlefish

    04/01/2015 6:27:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Marvin Olasky
    In Guam recently my wife and I taught a writing course and then went snorkeling. Near coral reefs we fed, underwater, hundreds of 6-inch-long needlefish. Slender with little teeth, they appeared infused with light. So many sped around our hands that they formed a silver streak amid the blue-gray waters of Tuman Bay. We became fond of them. Later, I read for the first time in 45 years a story that influenced me as a teenager, J.D. Salingers A Perfect Day for Bananafish. The main character is a troubled veteran, Seymour Glass, surrounded at a hotel by the materialism Salinger...
  • Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series, dies aged 66

    03/12/2015 8:58:59 AM PDT · by Borges · 22 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3/12/2015
    Sir Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld comic fantasy series of novels, has died aged 66. Publishers Transworld announced the news with immeasurable sadness. Managing director Larry Finlay, said: The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds. The author of more than 70 books died at his home with his cat sleeping on his bed, surrounded by his family earlier on Thursday. Pratchett, who had early onset Alzheimers disease, leaves his wife, Lyn, and their daughter, Rhianna. He had, said Finlay enriched the planet like few before him.
  • Lisa Wilkinson absolutely destroys 50 Shades Of Grey

    02/21/2015 7:44:32 AM PST · by Utilizer · 35 replies
    youtube.com ^ | unknown | TV CH 9 (AUS)
    This Oz sheila newsanchor / movie-critic gives her right devastating review of the movie.
  • Nation's largest Christian bookstore and gift chain files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

    02/15/2015 9:50:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Grand Rapids Press ^ | February 13, 2015 | Jim Harger
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Family Christian Stores, the nation's largest Christian bookstore and gift chain, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in hopes of restructuring its debt in the face of declining sales. The Grand Rapids-based chain said it does not expect to close any of its 266 stores in 36 states or layoff any of its 3,100 full-time and part-time employees. "We strive to serve God in all that we do and trust his guidance in all our decisions, especially this very important one," said President and CEO Chuck Bengochea in a news release. "We have carefully and prayerfully...
  • Ishmael's New Testament: Salvation in Moby Dick

    12/28/2003 4:02:24 PM PST · by Cvengr · 2 replies · 1,264+ views
    http://pages.cthome.net/jbair/mobydick.htm ^ | 8/19/98 11:38:49 PM | James Bair
    Moby Dick is full of allusions to the Bible. A major theme in the Bible is salvation and (in the New Testament) new birth. This essay will summarize what the Bible says on the subject and then show ways in which this applies to Moby Dick. Moby Dick depends a lot on the Old Testament. Job and Jonah, Ahab and Noah stalk its pages. (Originally I had thought of doing a paper contrasting Melville's Ahab with Job, but I was overwhelmed at the magnitude of references and allusions--anyone willing to stake me for a two-year sabbatical?). Moby Dick does also...
  • Stealing From God

    02/10/2015 5:15:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    Frank Turek's new book is a brilliant and unique contribution to Christian apologetics. "Stealing From God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case" is thoughtful and provocative yet a very quick read. I have read many books on Christian apologetics but nothing quite like this book. Not only is much of the content different from that of other books on the subject but so is the approach.By definition, Christian apologetics deals with defending the faith and, in the process, marshaling evidence in support of Christianity's truth claims. "Stealing From God" does that, of course, but it does something else,...
  • America on the Wrong Path on Race and Poverty

    02/09/2015 4:22:21 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | February 9, 2015 | Star Parker
    I’ve got a new book out which is not really so new. It’s new because it has just been released as an eBook. But it is not so new because it is a collection of some of my columns from past 10 years with Scripps Howard News Service. And those columns reflect what I have been saying over the last 20 years – about race, about politics, about religion, about America’s problems and my sense of the answers to these problems. It’s called "Blind Conceit – Policy, Politics, and Racial Polarization: Moving Forward to Save America." It’s a book about love...
  • Harper Lee to publish Mockingbird 'sequel'

    02/03/2015 8:03:19 AM PST · by NowApproachingMidnight · 43 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/2/15
    An unpublished novel by Harper Lee is to finally see the light of day, 60 years after the US author put it aside to write To Kill a Mockingbird. Go Set a Watchman, which features the character of Scout as an adult, will be released on 14 July. Lee wrote it in the mid-1950s but put it aside on the advice of her editor. "I thought it a pretty decent effort." said Lee in a statement. "I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years."
  • Colleen McCullough, Author of The Thorn Birds, Dies at 77

    01/29/2015 9:18:37 AM PST · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 29, 2015 | Margalit Fox
    Colleen McCullough, a former neurophysiological researcher at Yale who, deciding to write novels in her spare time, produced The Thorn Birds, a multigenerational Australian romance that became an international best seller and inspired a hugely popular television mini-series, died on Thursday on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific, where she had made her home for more than 30 years. She was 77.
  • The Pity Party

    01/27/2015 4:20:41 AM PST · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 1-27-2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Progressives will always claim that no matter how badly their plans go wrong, at least their terrible policies were well-intentioned.The regimes that shot orphans, starved entire cities into submission and committed genocide were “caring” in comparison to the heartless Dickensian capitalists who did nothing for the poor except create cheap products and jobs. They might have killed millions, but their red hearts were in the right place. They didn’t just spend all their time gobbling caviar and diving into swimming pools full of all money like the millionaires of the West. Instead they gave speeches about Marxism-Leninism, killed anyone who...
  • Oxford Press bans pigs from childrens books, so heres Porky Pig reciting Pledge of Allegiance

    01/26/2015 5:15:07 AM PST · by grundle · 19 replies
    wordpress ^ | January 24, 2015 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Oxford University Press bans pigs from children’s books, so here’s Porky Pig reciting the Pledge of Allegiance Oxford University Press is the largest university press in the world.The Telegraph reports:The Oxford University Press has warned its writers not to mention pigs, sausages or pork-related words in children’s books, in an apparent bid to avoid offending Jews and Muslims.Jews?I’m Jewish, and I have neither been offended, nor heard of any Jew claiming to be offended, by pigs being mentioned in literature. On the contrary, I grew up with this stuff, and I love it. Here’s “Piggies” by...