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Baptized with an Angel, Married to a Doctor

Yesterday we had a post about Engel Sophia Mangels who was born on April 24, 1881.  Today, the subject of the blog is Johanna Marie Eggers, who was born one day later and was baptized on the same day in the same place (Salem, Farrar) as Engel Mangels.  234 more words

The Birth of an Angel

Engel Sohpia Mangels was born on April 24, 1881 in Farrar, Missouri.  She was the daughter of Johann Peter and Engel (Mahnken) Mangels.  Both mother and daughter bore the name Engel, which in German means “angel”.  89 more words

The Heart by Maylis De Kerangal

“The thing about Simon Limbres’s heart, this human heart, is that, since the moment of his birth, when its rhythm accelerated, as did the other hearts around it, in celebration of the event, the thing is, that this heart, which made him jump, vomit, grow, dance lightly like a feather or weigh heavy as a stone, which made him dizzy with exhilaration and made him melt with love, which filtered, recorded, archived-the black box of a twenty-year-old body-the thing is that nobody really knows it; only a moving image created by ultrasound could echo its sound and shape, could make visible the joy that dilates it and the sadness that tightens it; only the paper trace of an electrocardiogram, set in motion at the very beginning, could draw the shape, describe the exertion, the quickening emotion, the prodigious energy needed to contract almost a hundred thousand times a day, to pump nearly ten pints of blood every minute, yes, only that graph could tell a story, by outlining the life of ebbs and flows, of gates and valves, a life of beats-for, while Simon Limbres’s heart, this human heart, is too much even for the machines, no one could claim to really know it, and that night, that starless and bone-splitting cold night on the estuary and in the Pays de Caux, as a lightless swell rolled all along the cliffs, as the continental shelf retreated, revealing its geological bands, there could be heard the regular rhythm of a resting organ, a muscle that was slowly recharging, a pulse of probably less than fifty beats per minute, and a cell-phone signal translated into the luminescent digits of the touchscreen-05:50-and suddenly everything raced out of control.”

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New WKAR Book Review: Purity by Jonathan Franzen

Today on WKAR’s Current State, I bravely took on reviewing the new novel by Jonathan Franzen, Purity. I hope you will check it out. 786 more words


A Traditionalist Reading of Michel Houellebecq’s "Submission"

There are few writers in the 21st century like Michel Houellebecq who are actually able to put the nihilist and relativist atmosphere and current sociopolitical climate of Western society into words. 1,621 more words


Book review: The Boys Who Challenged Hitler, by Phillip Hoose

Hoose, Phillip. The boys who challenged Hitler : Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015. 198 pgs. Includes index. $19.99. ISBN:978-0-674-30022-7. 115 more words

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