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Plus Ça Change…

Eddie Pensier writes: It would be unfair to suggest that all universities in the Renaissance were sterile, conformist places; they often hosted vigorous discussion and dissent. But verbal sparring matches (“disputations”) could amount to point-scoring contests decided by nimble rhetoric, … Continue reading

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The Hipster Beard

Eddie Pensier writes: The Beard: This common trend suggests that the clean-shaven, well-groomed man is overly civilized, untrustworthy, wimpy and cunning. Men with beards are real and rugged, but because of the beard, they don’t have to act it. Without … Continue reading

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Quote Du Jour

Eddie Pensier writes: When Theodora was still too immature to sleep with a man or to have intercourse like a woman, she acted as might a male prostitute  to satisfy those dregs of humanity who remained some considerable time in … Continue reading

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Three Erotic Tarzans

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Edgar Rice Burroughs (1912): To Jane the strange apparition of this god-like man was as wine to sick nerves. From the description which Clayton and her father and Mr. Philander had given her, she knew that … Continue reading

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How To Make Use Of An Unwanted Opera House

epiminondas writes: I don’t know how much longer this will last, but at the moment it is the most interesting bookstore in the world.

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Quote Du Jour

Paleo Retiree writes: Have you run into the Frenchman Jean Raspail? Back in 1973 he published a notorious book called “Camp of the Saints,” a dystopian/apocalyptic novel about Western Civ getting overrun by 3rd worlders. He was much-mocked and derided, … Continue reading

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Book-Reading Today

Paleo Retiree writes: Although these days I do probably 90% of my reading on the computer, and although I enjoy being a little irreverent about books — good Lord, can’t some people get mighty sentimental about books! — I’ve nonetheless … Continue reading

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yeah baby

Glynn Marshes writes: I read Pamela Des Barres’ memoir, “I’m With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie” shortly after it was published in the mid-80s. Here’s a new interview with her that’s a fun read and which includes her reflections … Continue reading

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Literary v Mainstream

Glynn Marshes writes: How much of the difference between the two comes down to whether any of the characters is “likeable”? (Struck me after an offline friend remarked that she disliked “The Great Gatsby” because she didn’t like any of … Continue reading

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“Can Job,” by Kirsten Mortensen

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: I had a lot of fun reading Kirsten Mortensen’s comic novel “Can Job.” It’s about a prominent can opener company from the city of Borschtchester, New York, which is hoping to expand into the digital sphere. … Continue reading

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