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Persian fact and fiction

I’ve been fascinated by ancient history ever since schooldays, when Brother Chrysostom, my science teacher, once moonlighted as an ancient history teacher and blew me away with a thrilling account … Continue reading

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Wonderings

Have you ever noticed than when you take the English  word ‘apart’ (as it were), and separate it into two, ‘a part’, you change its meaning 180 degrees? The word … Continue reading

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Novels of Ross Macdonald and Patricia Highsmith

Reading stories about crime plunges you straight into the genre wars. What do Sophocles, Dostoevsky and Faulkner have to do with Agatha Christie, Chester Himes or Elmore Leonard? More germane, … Continue reading

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Saturday, 11 February, 2017 · Leave a comment

Guidelines

We all of us need guidelines to negotiate our lives, and most of us know it. If we’re not to be swept away by calamity or confusion, we need a … Continue reading

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Saturday, 28 January, 2017 · Leave a comment

Shakespeare’s fame

Not much is known about Shakespeare’s life, but that means that it’s always possible to find out something more (at least for a non specialist like me). Career trajectory Shakespeare … Continue reading

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Thursday, 19 January, 2017 · Leave a comment

Dashiell Hammett’s 5 novels

I first read the books of Dashiell Hammett after reading Raymond Chandler. Chandler’s essay The Simple Art of Murder, and some of his letters, give Hammett his due as one … Continue reading

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Saturday, 7 January, 2017 · 4 Comments

Evolution+

I’m interested in some sciences, in an amateurish way, and I enjoy finding out that everything is not as neatly tabulated as scientists want us to think. I used to … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 3 January, 2017 · Leave a comment