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Evolving in Monkey Town

I guess I’ll have to subscribe to the blog until I can get around to the book, but June Griffin makes her first appearance in Chapter 2, so it is going to have to be read.

So… anyway… I’m looking forward to it. I imagine other Eastern Tennesseans will enjoy it as well. Matter of fact, [...]

Pearl Buck

Speaking of books that made a permanent impression on me, The Good Earth did. It made a noticeable and long-term impact on my perspective and values. If I remember correctly, I read it on recommendation from my mother.

I always thought Pearl Buck was a funny name… for a man. I never read anything biographical [...]

Book Review After a Dozen Years

It was 1998 when I read M. Scott Peck’s The Road Less Travelled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth. I have not re-read it since then, so please bear with me. I’m working from memory.

Before I get to the good stuff, which comprises the first half of this book, I [...]

Emerson II

Another brief quote from the master, whose worth I have sadly begun to doubt.

The temperance of the hero proceeds from the same wish to do no dishonor to the worthiness he has. But he loves it for its elegancy, not for its austerity. It seems not worth his while to be solemn, and denounce with bitterness [...]

The Singularity is Near

I was reading the Tucker Carlson interview of Jeb Bush last Friday and Tucker asked him what he was currently reading.

Sometimes folks think that is a bullshit question but I love to know what other folks are reading because I am always reading something.

Jeb said that he was reading The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend [...]

James, Brother of Jesus.

A friend from church lent me his copy of James the Brother of Jesus. Rather than review it properly, I’ll just list what the author tries to achieve in terms of my response to it.
Heading 1: Those items I felt the author achieved convincingly.
These are items which the author convinced me of or that I [...]

Forensic Psychics

Psychics can’t lead investigators anywhere they couldn’t get on their own faster.

That seems like a no-brainer… but of course there are suckers born every minute. The reason I mention it is that it reminded me of one of my favorite reads when I lived in Mobile, AL – Mississippi Mud: Southern Justice and the [...]

Witherington on Ehrman, part III

Part III of Ben Witherington’s critique of Bart Ehrman. Needless to say, I still haven’t read the book. Part III does seem to be the most damning, though. Some salient points:

When it comes to the issue of the virginal conception vs. the incarnation it seems to me that something vital is missing in [...]

Robert Jordan

This weekend, I finished Knife of Dreams (Yes, I’m over 35 years old and am just now reading the Wheel of Time… Yes, I’m reading it anyway). That’s the last written by Robert Jordan before his death, the eleventh in the series, and the penultimate book of the series. I look forward to the ghostwritten [...]

Listen: Billy Pilgrim Has Come Unstuck

I read Slaughterhouse Five as a teenager. Reading it, even knowing that it was a highly fictionalized account of war, had more influence on my thinking about war than it should have. But time… as though I hadn’t daydreamed enough about time, time travel, time dilation, eternity, … you name it – Billy Pilgrim’s pickle took [...]