On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder

I acquired this book after listening to a podcast, an interview with author Timothy Snyder on Sam Harris' Waking Up podcast.  Usually I listen to this podcast as a means raise my own game.  It makes me aware of how much I don't know, it affords me the opportunity to chew on new ideas about … Continue reading On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder

The Story of Civilization, Vol. II: The Life of Greece by Will Durant

From the shadows of myth and legend, to the honor of Sparta, to the glory of Athens, to the triumph of Alexander and beyond, the story of Western civilization begins.  Having built the foundation with his impressive survey of the East, Will Durant starts us off on a far more intricate survey of the West … Continue reading The Story of Civilization, Vol. II: The Life of Greece by Will Durant

New Books

I had a couple of books arrive yesterday that I'm most keen to read.  One isn't on Audible yet, and the other has a narrator that bothers me to no end, so... paper it is.  Not that there's ever a problem with that. One of the side effects of going to Scarborough every year is that … Continue reading New Books

Medieval Music: A Norton Introduction to Music History by Richard H. Hoppin

This is the first volume in the Norton Introduction to Music History series.  I do not have any others in this series, but I can tell you each volume in this series has accompanying recorded anthology box set. The book is from 1978.  By this point, the Early Music revival was in full swing, having … Continue reading Medieval Music: A Norton Introduction to Music History by Richard H. Hoppin

The Book of the Courtier: Il Cortegiano by Baldassare Castiglione

The Italian Renaissance.  We all know it.  It's that brief time in history where powerful families and political factions were dealing death on the streets while artistic geniuses put their indelible stamp on the world.  The upheaval of that time forged the modern world.  To survive in that world, one had to have sprezzatura, that easy-going, effortless … Continue reading The Book of the Courtier: Il Cortegiano by Baldassare Castiglione