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Gaffney, Frankie: “Dublin Seven”

Albert Camus, in his wonderful, Create Dangerously, questions how realistic art should be. He imagines how unsatisfactory it would be to observe a camera following a person around all day, every day. Meaning, for Camus, lies in expressing the parts … Continue reading

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Arendt, Hannah: The Origins of Totalitarianism

This is the definitive book on the twentieth-century totalitarianism that Arendt split into what she referred to as the “three pillars from hell”: namely anti-Semitism, imperialism and racism. It is particularly important to explore how she defines each of these … Continue reading

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Nagle, Angela: “Kill All Normies. Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right.”

Irish writer Nagle, after publishing some interesting articles, raises further interesting questions here. Given how Christian morality, dominant for two millennia, has largely evaporated in the West, it was understandable that multiple new forms of ethics would plug the gap. … Continue reading

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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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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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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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