I’ve always been curious about the life of Jesus, or what of it can be accounted for outside the New Testament.
We had tickets for the Broadway tour of the musical Wicked this afternoon. The Des Moines Civic Center was completely packed for it.
Lately I’ve been exploring classic science fiction and one of its sub genres, alternate history.
Here’s a fun book that may not be in your library, since it seems to be hard to get a hold of: All Yesterdays: Unique and Speculative Views of Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals by John Conway, C.M. Kosemen, and Darren Naish.
It is not necessarily a mischievous question to ask whether sugar damaged English cooking, or whether English cooking in the seventeenth century had more need of sugar than French.
A shelf of recommended mysteries displayed at the library.
I’ve been making my way through some of NPR’s Top Sci-fi Books list, including Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.
Here’s a good rule of thumb: famous artists’ private lives do not make good children’s books.
A trailer for the movie World War Z, set for release next year, got our attention so I borrowed the book by Max Brooks from the library.
I got about halfway through The Violinist’s Thumb by Sam Kean before the library asked for it back (and I’m happy to give it up).
Somehow, my wife has gotten away for years without having watched Field of Dreams.
I do not care if some professor in some rabbit warren of a concrete university office building calls my thinking inexact and sentimental. – Jordan Fisher Smith
I’ve been neglecting my book reports, so here’s a summary of summery readings.
Speak roughly to your little boy,
And beat him when he sneezes
It wasn’t Trethewey’s personal interpretation of Mississippi that I related to most, but her verbal rendering of the national park I worked at for three and a half years.
I read Maddow’s new book about the increasing distance between our foundational aversion to a large military establishment and our present condition of ceaseless warfare.
My first feeling after seeing “The Hunger Games” at the theater was that it was good if you like watching teenagers kill each other.
I never before read Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States.
I set aside “A People’s History of the United States” in favor of the back of the Cheerios box.
If you’re looking for a detailed description of how Pharaoh Amenhotep LXXVII might have responded to the attacks on the Twin Pyramids in New Memphis by fanatical followers of the jealous Judean war-god on September 11, 2001, the essays in “What If? The World’s Foremost Military Historians Imagine What Might Have Been” edited by Robert Cowley might seem a little unimaginative.