Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman

My recent discovery of the Brontë sisters through their poetry made me want to discover more.  Before I read their novels, however, I wanted to learn who they were that I might better appreciate their work, as is my modus operandi when dealing with most authors before my own time, and especially for those whose works … Continue reading Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman

“The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

In our modern century, the first thing a new reader might understandably ask is, "What's a pince-nez?"  Eyeglasses, my dears.  It translates from French to "pinch-nose," so we're referring to the type with the little oblong pieces that rest at either side of the bridge of one's nose.  So now that we understand that, let's … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian by Stephen E. Ambrose

“Extremes to the right and to the left of any political dispute are always wrong.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower No one can ever truly be unbiased.  It goes against everything that makes us human.  But objectivity is a skill that can be learned and applied.  It's one of the best assets in the toolbox of … Continue reading To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian by Stephen E. Ambrose

The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics by Mark Lilla

The United States currently exists in a state of cold civil war.  I'm not the first person to say that, and until it turns into a shooting war, I won't be the last.  We seemingly can't talk to one another without getting bent out of shape over the tiniest of details.  How did we get … Continue reading The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics by Mark Lilla

“The Adventure of the Three Students” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

In order to protect a prominent university from scandal, Watson is hiding the details of this case, beyond telling us that their client, a Mr. Hilton Soames, is a tutor and lecturer at St. Luke's College in said university town where he and Holmes find themselves.  A forthcoming exam involving Greek translation has caused one … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Three Students” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sappho: A New Rendering by Sappho, Henry de Vere Stacpoole (translation)

There is no place for grief in a house which serves the Muse. After working my way through more disturbing topics, I've come to find that a little poetry serves me well as a palette cleanser, especially when most of the lines are geared towards love. Most of what is believed of Sappho in popular … Continue reading Sappho: A New Rendering by Sappho, Henry de Vere Stacpoole (translation)

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist

"It's nothing personal; it's just business." How often have you heard someone say something like that to justify something questionable -- or outright immoral -- in the name of making a profit? Right now, the nation stands divided, and racism is often right at or very near the top of the maelstrom that tears us … Continue reading The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist

Brief Cases: More Stories from the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Ordinarily, I'd offer a complete breakdown of each of the stories in a short story anthology series.  I'm not going to do that here, for two reasons.  The first is because I'm woefully behind on reviewing the entirety of The Dresden Files series.  I didn't have a blog when this series began, and I've not … Continue reading Brief Cases: More Stories from the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher