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Hitchens, Peter: “The Abolition Of Liberty”

During a recent exchange with a good friend, I criticised Sam Harris for the logic that he employed to form his position on the longstanding conflict in Israel. You can read my thoughts on that here: https://orbitalmick.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/sam-harriss-inexplicable-defence-of-israel/ As we conversed … Continue reading

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Morrison, Toni: “Beloved”.

Morrison’s Beloved, set after the American Civil war in the mid-nineteenth century, chronicles the evil effects of slavery on African Americans in the United States. It is a world so brutal that our protagonist, Sethe, kills her own daughter to … Continue reading

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Pinker, Steven: “The Language Instinct. How The Mind Creates Language”.

I started to read this a couple of times and struggled, finally getting to grips with it during some downtime on holidays on a couch in Copenhagen. Pinker adapts and updates Chomsky’s theory that language is innate, thinking of it … Continue reading

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Pen, Paul: “The Light Of The Fireflies”

“Any place where you are is much better than anywhere else” whispers a mother to her son, in a vain attempt to reassure him that his life imprisonment in a rat-infested basement is somehow justified and reasonable. Chillingly, we never … Continue reading

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Conquest, Robert: “The Dragons of Expectation. Reality and Delusion in the Course of History”

The Dragons of Expectation is the last book that Conquest, the brilliant historian of the Soviet Union, published before he died.  It remains a fascinating perspective of the twentieth century, in which Conquest dispels a myriad of myths in the … Continue reading

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O’Callaghan, Sean: “James Connolly: My Search For The Man, The Myth And His Legacy”

As much an autobiography of O’Callaghan as it is a biography of Connolly, O’Callaghan discusses Connolly’s influence on his political development, which in part lead to O’Callaghan joining a Provisional IRA he loosely describes as Nationalist, anti-communist and Catholic. All … Continue reading

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Joyce, James: “Dubliners”.

Despite the fact that much of “Dubliners” takes place during the summer, it will always be a Christmas book in my mind, largely because of the “The Dead”. I usually try to read it during the winter. It remains a … Continue reading

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