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Philip Crossman
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Petrarch and his World REVIEW Morris Bishop’s 1963 Biography of Petrarch gave me more than I needed to know about Petrarch’s life and yet enough of what I wanted to know to make the extra worth it. Petrarch was one of the first modern humans to spend a good deal... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Hannah Arendt REVIEW When the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann was brought to Jerusalem for trial, New Yorker magazine hired Hannah Arendt to go and observe them and write a series of articles about her reflections. This movie is the story of those reflections and the response that they provoked.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Thank You for Being Late REVIEW “The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.” – Warren Bennis Things are changing. Thomas... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Way of the Strangers REVIEW “When someone says something too evil to believe,” writes Graeme Wood, “one response is not to doubt their sincerity but to expand one’s capacity to imagine what otherwise decent people can desire. That, I have concluded, is the proper response to the Islamic State.”... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Wonder Woman REVIEW While I don’t review everything I watch and read, I try. So. What did I think of Wonder Woman? It reminded me of the movie Flight Plan starring Jody Foster [Warning: Plot spoiler] In the conclusion, you discover that the person who you should have been afraid... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Undoing Project REVIEW “Doubt is not a pleasant condition but certainty is an absurd one.” Voltaire Michael Lewis’ book, the Undoing Project, is about two of the world’s most influential psychologists. More specifically, it is about how two brilliant minds began to expose the flaws in human thinking processes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Big Short REVIEW “The catastrophe was foreseeable, yet only a handful noticed.” ““It's like being a scholastic, prior to Newton.” Why is it that there are always a few people in any society that see further or wider or deeper or clearer than anyone else? In the Hebrew Bible,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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LaLaLand REVIEW Many years ago, I was teaching a literature class to high school students and I decided to have them read two short stories that both touched on a single theme, the tension between occupational dreams and relationships. One of the stories was entitled “Contents of the Young Man’s... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Things to Come REVIEW Some people, it seems, have the wisdom and common sense to chose their careers wisely, their partners wisely, and perhaps even their parents and children wisely (if that is possible). Their lives’ foundations never seem to crumble on them. And then there are the rest of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
Arrival REVIEW First of all, if you want to enjoy this movie, you should read up on the Sapir-Worf hypothesis as it proves to be the central conceit of the plot, is mentioned, but never really given enough emphasis. That’s it. That’s all I have to give you about this... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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A Monster Calls REVIEW Connor O’Mally is a twelve year old boy having to deal with a lot of emotional stress. He is the son of a single mom whose dad lives in America and has a new family. His grandmother is ever so much colder and less motherly than... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Southern Cross: The Beginning of the Bible Belt REVIEW “My fundamental principle would be that we are to be saved by our good works , which are within out power, and not by our faith, which is not in our power.” - Thomas Jefferson “Each person’s fate,” according to Jefferson,... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Moby Dick REVIEW It’s been over hundred and fifty years since Herman Melville wrote Moby Dick and thus, I doubt I am going to say anything about it that has not been said before, but nevertheless, that never seems to stop me from trying. On the surface (no pun intended)... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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American Apostles REVIEW Christine Leigh Heyrman’s study of early American perceptions of Islam is a picture of what my own Master’s thesis might have looked like with twenty more years of research and thinking supplied to it. Her analysis of the literature about Islam that early missionaries had available to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Two Lovers and a Bear REVIEW Two young fugitives from haunting childhood memories hope to flee from their past by relocating to a “town” in the Arctic Circle. One is pursued by memories of an abusive father that are as real as her reality. The other is befriended by a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Utopia Drive REVIEW It is interesting to consider just how many people have felt dissatisfied with life as it is offered. Every once in a while, someone feels brave enough to go off and live an alternative life. Every once in a great while someone will invent another alternative and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Book of Love REVIEW “Some people try to hold on to their memories. Others try to forget. Neither works.” Memory is a funny thing when you are remembering what you lost. Memory has its own pace and it just won’t move on or linger any sooner or any longer than... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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In Dubious Battle REVIEW What though the field be lost? All is not lost; the unconquerable Will, And study of revenge, immortal hate And courage never to submit or yield In Milton’s poem, Paradise Lost, Satan can be seen rallying his troops after being thrown out of heaven. He looks... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Cyber War Threat REVIEW This Nova special likes to get a little dramatic. But maybe if there was ever a time to be dramatic, this would qualify. It is tough to find documentary footage of what goes on in cyberwars because one is not likely to see Navy Seals jumping... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Human Capital REVIEW “Human capital,” according to the website, Investopedia, “is a measure of the economic value of an employee’s skill set.” It is an idea that asserts that not all labor is equal and that the value of a laborer can be increased with investments in that employee’s education.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Far From Men REVIEW I have a suspicion that existentialist movies probably do not sell well. And maybe that is why the director took the existentialist edge off of Camus’ original story upon which this film is based. In Camus’ short story “The Guest” you never have enough information to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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I am a Pilgrim, a Traveler, a Stranger REVIEW John Hubers’ book, I am a Pilgrim, a Traveler, a Stranger: Exploring the Life and Mind of the First American Missionary to the Middle East, the Reverend Pliny Fisk (1992-1825) has been my favorite book thus far this year. I found... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Heart and the Fist REVIEW Eric Greitens explains that “...it's not enough to fight for a better world; we also have to live lives worth fighting for.” He went to college at Duke and then at Oxford to learn what one needed to know to live a good life.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Dune REVIEW First. That was a long book. Second, I can see why it was popular in the 1960’s and is still widely read today. Dune creates an imaginary world that is both like and unlike all that we are familiar with. We can see the vestiges of numerous features... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Sully REVIEW Most people who work in administration these days are being encouraged to rely more and more heavily on data. This encouragement even has a name: DDDM (Data-Driven Decision Management) or DIDM (Data Informed Decision Making). In some ways, we are looking at the automation and digitalization of another... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader