Monthly Archives: February 2018

Erdich, Louise: “The Plague Of Doves”.

Erdich is that rare talent who is able to write beautifully and elegantly about important themes such as religion. Her anti-heroine, Evelina Harp, goes “to church because I hoped to see (her crush) Corwin”. The local priest gets drunk and … Continue reading

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Peterson, Jordan: “12 Rules For Life. An Antidote To Chaos”.

The hype surrounding Jordan Peterson is nauseating: it’s depressing that people can’t be even remotely objective about a thinker on a different side of the political divide to themselves. Peterson writes with a conversational tone here and tries to impart … Continue reading

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Greiner, Bernd: “War Without Fronts. The USA In Vietnam”.

When Pope Urban II advocated for European Christians to capture Jerusalem in 1095, the call was met enthusiastically, and the city fell after an untold amount of brutality was meted out to the local population. Presumably, the Christians felt like they were … Continue reading

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Roth, Philip: “The Human Stain”

The main character Nathan Zuckerberg in Roth’s 1998 novel features in what is, to me, one of the great literary takedowns of the ideological lunacy that had begun to grip academia. Surely, Roth was not so perspicacious as to have … Continue reading

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Findlay, Harry: “Gambling For Life”.

On the 150th anniversary of Dostoevsky’s seminal The Gambler comes the tale of a bettor who lives it every hour of every day. Australian football, rugby, rugby league, dogs, tennis, snooker, horse racing. It is odds of 1.01 that Findlay has … Continue reading

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Kondo, Marie: “The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying”.

I am a collector and have always surrounded myself with art that I love. Be it records, CDs, Minidiscs, books, DVDs: you name it and I have it squirrelled away in my abode. This hobby has obvious repercussions for my … Continue reading

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Philbrick, Nathaniel: “In The Heart Of The Sea”.

This is the real story of the Essex, a ship which set sail from Nantucket in 1820 and upon which, famously, Herman Melville based Moby Dick. As is so frequently the case, the truth is stranger than fiction. Philbrick is … Continue reading

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