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Eight Years of Power, Pain, and Ultimately Turning From Progress

Book review: We Were Eight Years in Power, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ latest, garnering buzz for being among the year’s best, was a very hard book to read, but why wouldn’t it be? 1,733 more words

Book Review

20 October 2017. You Can’t Pull Words Out of a Song!


“You can’t pull words out of a song!” That’s an old Russian saying. That is, you can’t change the past. It’s what it is, whether you liked what happened or not. 266 more words


mini-reviews: black mass and the butcher

If you’ve followed this blog, you’ll know that I’m fascinated by mafia culture. There’s a certain thrill and allure to the power, dangerous living, and rule defiance that the organized crime lifestyle affords. 478 more words


Excerpt: Perishing Heathens

The following has been excerpted from Perishing Heathens: Stories of Protestant Missionaries and Christian Indians in Antebellum America by Julius H. Rubin (October 2017). Rubin is a professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Saint Joseph.  1,227 more words


Whyte, "Hoover"

I’ve often thought that Herbert Hoover is an under-appreciated and under-studied figure. One of the great humanitarians of the twentieth century, whose executive skill was essential in feeding millions in Europe after World War I, he is, I suspect, unfairly assigned too much blame for the Great Depression. 347 more words

Scholarship Roundup


This piece was published in Planet Vineyard in September 1998. It was a short-lived magazine. Long on great writing, short on paid advertising. I realized that hardly anyone ever saw this piece. 1,279 more words

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