In a world dominated by American, or at least Anglo-American, popular culture, successful exceptions are encouraging. Especially if they’re healthy exceptions too. A surprising such counter-instance to cultural Americanization is Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic Le Petit Prince. Far better literary analysts… Read More ›
Clarke, Susanna: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. London: Bloomsbury, 2004. ISBN 978-0747579885. Vast in scope & admirably written, this book rejuvenated European speculative fiction. 2 rival magicians battle Napoleon & each other in a cruelly exquisite mock-Austen Regency England. I give *****/5…. Read More ›
Luttwak, Edward N. The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins UP, 1993 (1976). ISBN 978-0801821585. Imperial Rome grew, not by constant aggression, but under detailed, conservative husbanding of force & diplomacy. A modern classic in security studies… Read More ›
Lovecraft, HP. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. Telford, UK: Creation Oneiros, 2008 (1943). ISBN 978-1902197258. Magnificently repulsive. Much on the ancient layout & shipping of Providence, RI, one of the early European settlements in North America. I rate it… Read More ›
Bergson, Henri. L’évolution créatrice. Quadrige Grands Textes. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2007 (1907). ISBN 978-2130562726. This philosophical masterwork is a map of life itself, in its interlocked, continuously forward-thrusting nature. Radically pioneering & influential in its day, now attracting fresh interest. I rate it *****/5.