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

Code of the Samurai – Bushido: The Soul of Japan by Nitobe Inazō

Every now and again, I dip my toes into the deep-running waters of the East, and I am reminded at every turn just how clear those waters are compared to some of the murk and sludge I experience around me.  As clear as the waters are, I'm also struck by how heavily-perfumed the atmosphere is.  The … Continue reading Code of the Samurai – Bushido: The Soul of Japan by Nitobe Inazō

Star Wars: Darth Vader – Vol. 4: End of Games by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca

If you actively read enough with intent to understand, regardless of the medium or format, you will discover the difference between "quality" writing and "clever" writing.  It takes very little effort to recognize that difference, but when you do, "clever" will never be good enough.  I don't expect Star Wars to be excellent literature.  I … Continue reading Star Wars: Darth Vader – Vol. 4: End of Games by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca

Star Wars: Darth Vader – Vol. 3: The Shu-Torun War by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca

For the previous two volumes and the crossover that comprised part three, I've unapologetically targeted Doctor Aphra as the weak link.  Her complete absence in this book absolutely proves my point.  This volume was absolutely brilliant, dare I say the way it should have been from the beginning. Having been captured by the Rebels, Aphra … Continue reading Star Wars: Darth Vader – Vol. 3: The Shu-Torun War by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca