Category Archives: Books Publishing and Writing

“Ultrasociety” by Peter Turchin

Paleo Retiree writes: The book’s complete title: “Ultrasociety: How 10,000 Years of War Made Humans the Greatest Cooperators on Earth.” A stimluting, clear, fast and provocative attempt to explain via the principles of cultural evolution and population biology how humans … Continue reading

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All the Fine Pleasures of Life

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: I liked Hubert Woroniecki’s documentary on Elite Modeling kingpin John Casablancas, particularly the subject’s reflections on life, beauty, sex, and leisure. It’s based on voice recordings Casablancas made prior to his death, so it’s a bit … Continue reading

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Juxtaposin’: The Peculiar Institution

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: The city of Savannah abounds in parks, as they are called—squares, fenced in, with trees. Young children and infants were there, with very respectable colored nurses—young women, with bandanna and plaid cambric turbans, and superior in … Continue reading

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“Citizen Jane: Battle for the City” (2016)

Blowhard, Esq. writes: As the full title implies, director Matt Tyrnauer‘s documentary profile of writer and urban theorist Jane Jacobs frames her story in terms of confrontation. In this corner we have politician Robert Moses, the power broker of post-World … Continue reading

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Notes on Stephen Hicks’s “Explaining Postmodernism”

The Mistaken writes: Explaining Postmodernism is the clearest book I’ve read on postmodern theory and how it fits into our current political climate. Stephen Hicks is a professor of philosophy at Rockford University in Illinois, with a PhD in Philosophy … Continue reading

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Book Notes: “The Whig Interpretation of History”

Blowhard, Esq. writes: This short essay — which can be easily read in a weekend or even a single sitting — is a useful rejoinder to the idea that there exists a “right side of history.” Butterfield, a Cambridge don, takes … Continue reading

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Notes on “The True History of the American Revolution”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: If, like me, you’ve always had a hard time squaring the narrative of the American Revolution with the requirements of common sense, you might get something out of Sydney George Fisher’s “The True History of the … Continue reading

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