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Philip Crossman
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Boy A REVIEW As I did not actually finish this one, I considered not reviewing it. Its subject is just difficult to watch for a person who teaches ethics. Young Eric is a neglected child, bullied at school, emotionally abandoned at home, totally vulnerable to whoever comes along to befriend... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Princess de Montpensier REVIEW What you learn from Madam de Lafayette’s novella, The Princess of Montpensier is that 355 years ago (when Mme de Lafayette was writing this novel) people’s romantic lives could be as complicated as they are today, though for different reasons. It would appear that neither... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Eucatastrophe Reader
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An Intelligent Career REVIEW Have you chosen your career wisely? Seems like a simple enough question but I wonder how many people can say “yes” to it. In Arthur, Khapova, and Richardson’s book, the authors explore – one chapter at a time – how to approach work life with intelligence.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Ayn Rand v. Bernie Sanders REVIEW This week I decided to read two books with opposing viewpoints back to back. Sometimes in ideas, as in art, it is the contrast that makes what you are looking at interesting. I give you Jonathan Tasini’s The Essential Bernie Sanders and Ayn Rand’s... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Red and the Black REVIEW “Must one sell oneself?” The “hero” of Stendhal’s The Red and the Black is a flawed character in many ways. He is gifted, precocious, and ambitious but he spends his life out of alignment with his circumstances. To Stendhal, life requires that one understand... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Cultural Roots of American Islamism REVIEW Timothy Marr’s book on the history of American perceptions of Islam is ten years old now but still quite relevant to what will continue to be an ongoing story. I am reminded that behind every relationship, there is a story, and then another... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Stendhal REVIEW "Stendhal syndrome, hyperkulturemia, or Florence syndrome is a psychosomatic disorder that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to an experience of great personal significance, particularly viewing art." (Wikipedia) Stendhal (real name Henri Beyle) had the misfortune to grow up reading... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Wizard of Lies REVIEW First of all, the resemblance between Robert De Niro and Bernie Madoff is a bit spooky. https://nyppagesix.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/madoff.jpg?quality=90&strip=all It is impossible for me to say how well De Niro pulls off Bernie Madoff’s personality though. I suspect that Bernie Madoff is one of those people who... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Failure to Adjust REVIEW “This issue on which the whole future of U.S. trade (and perhaps investment) policy may rest is how we decide, as a nation, to deal with the real dislocations to workers and firms caused by import competition. There are only two choices: to limit the imports... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Tickling Giants REVIEW sat·ire ˈsa-tī(ə)r/ noun the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues. In satire, Northrop Frye says, “irony is militant.” The satirist makes people laugh so that they do... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Overnighters REVIEW The film, The Overnighters, is about the stresses placed upon a North Dakota community and a church within that community, when an oil boom comes to town. Imagine the population of your town doubling in the period of a year or two. Imagine that the migrants who... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Death By video Game REVIEW According to the author, Simon Parkin, The following excerpt is taken from an article titled ‘Chess-playing excitement,’ published in the July 2, 1859, issue of Scientific American. “Those who are engaged in mental pursuits should avoid a chessboard as they would an adder’s nest, because... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Ottoman Lieutenant and The Promise REVIEW Two movies, produced within one year of each other that deal with the same subject (the Armenian genocide) in the context of similar plot-lines (the love triangle with an American involved) but with different slants. In, The Promise, the film's funding comes from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Sea REVIEW John Banville’s novel, The Sea is about memory. I wish I could say that it was a novel I will never forget. I can’t say that it was poorly written or that its theme was not interesting. For some reason, it just won no prizes with me.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Rene and Atala REVIEW How did I miss Chateaubriand when I was assembling sources for my course on Romanticism? He seems to be right up there with Rousseau and Goethe in his influence or intended influence. Like Goethe, he later was somewhat ashamed of his influence but nevertheless, one does... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Misbehaving REVIEW Traditional economic theory was based on the Enlightenment assumption that while people were irrational, as a species, we could depend on a trajectory towards rationality such that one should always bet that humans would be more rational in the future than they were now. Behavioral Economist counter that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Anti-Intellectualism in American Life REVIEW Part I “Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.” – Proverbs 23:23 Psychologists tell us that there is a part of the brain that has an incredible ability to work to understand truth. They also tell us that this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
Anti-Intellectualism in American Life REVIEW Part II – Business and Education Education In a previous post, we looked at what Richard Hofstadter had to say about anti-intellectualism in American religion, politics, and business. In this post, we summarize his arguments about anti-intellectualism in American education. There is a certain irony... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2017 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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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 Aug 13, 2017 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 Aug 13, 2017 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