Category Archives: Books

Was Jesus Insane? (Lord Aberdeen Might Know.)

I found a copy recently of a (somewhat) bizarre book I’ve been trying to track down: Bizarre Books, by Russell Ash and Brian Lake (the revised edition, 1998). It probably would be more accurate to call the work Bizarre Titles; it’s a … Continue reading

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Jack Kerouac, Still Dead

I told Colin I’d had an interesting time visiting Jack Kerouac’s grave, and he – Colin – said he’d been born in Connecticut on October 26, 1969, one week to the day after Kerouac died in St. Petersburg, Florida. “For … Continue reading

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The More Things Change

“The area of government is as confused as anything we can identify. And one need only look at TV coverage of either House or Senate to see that we do not have a government at all but merely a group … Continue reading

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Thought for the Day

“The very beginning of Genesis tells us that God created man in order to give him dominion over fish and fowl and all creatures. Of course, Genesis was written by a man, not a horse. There is no certainty that … Continue reading

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Mightier than the Sword?

I just found out about Cormac McCarthy’s Olivetti typewriter, which he bought in 1963 for $50 and a mere 46 years, plus about 5 million words, later sold at auction for $254,500. Like many people, I also had a Lettera … Continue reading

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The Times that Try Men’s Bones

Into The Great Debate, his 2014 book about Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine, Yuval Levin stuffed a lot of fascinating history, politics, and philosophy. At the beginning of his Conclusion, Levin also tells the bizarre story of what happened to … Continue reading

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Words to Live By

“Let me be the first to admit that the naked truth about me is to the naked truth about Salvador Dali as an old ukulele in the attic is to a piano in a tree, and I mean a piano … Continue reading

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Prone to Read?

The other night I was lying in bed, head propped up by several pillows, reading yet another book about reading — Joe Queenan’s One for the Books (2012) — when I came across this startling sentence on page 210: “My … Continue reading

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There Was an Old Man of Shamokin…

You can read online about coincidences – Irv Kupcinet’s tie, George D. Bryson checking into a Louisville hotel room, the man in Detroit who caught the same baby falling out of a high window on two different occasions a year … Continue reading

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Spiders on Mount Everest

One of my favorite websites, the Powells bookstore blog, has published How High the Biosphere?, an interesting essay by David Toomey in conjunction with the publication of his book Weird Life. Among other things Toomey says that: Birds and a … Continue reading

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