The German War: A Nation Under Arms, 1939–1945, by Nicholas Stargardt @NYJB

“The German War” is an important scholarly achievement in the field of modern German history, and it is written with an epic narrative sweep. Continue reading The German War: A Nation Under Arms, 1939–1945, by Nicholas Stargardt @NYJB

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Commonplace Book/Translation Tuesdays: Elias Canetti on minds and monsters

Compelling passages, notable quotables, bon mots, disjecta, ephemera, and miscellany. I admire those very broad people who through the decades become broader and broader yet do not give in. But the unyieldingly narrow are horrible. [1957 – 1959] A ceremonial beast, assembled from tiaras. [1960] That the behavior of dictators is perfidious is no longer surprising. But that mankind still craves authoritarianism, despite their appalling record of failure, is incomprehensible. With these monstrous examples right before our eyes, how are we so stupid, and how it is possible, faced with all that has happened, for us to lie to ourselves … Continue reading Commonplace Book/Translation Tuesdays: Elias Canetti on minds and monsters

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American Odd: The Rise of the Fourth Reich: The Secret Societies That Threaten to Take Over America, by Jim Marrs

Jim Marrs takes us on a wild ride into secret societies, Nazi wonder weapons, and why the Council of Foreign Relations is responsible for every bad thing ever. Continue reading American Odd: The Rise of the Fourth Reich: The Secret Societies That Threaten to Take Over America, by Jim Marrs

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On Being Human Redux: Frankenstein Underground, by Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck

When I wrote “On Being Human,” I wrote an essay on Mike Mignola’s “Hellboy.” “Frankenstein Underground” expands on Mignola’s pulpy universe, giving us a fun graphic novel about Frankenstein’s monster. Continue reading On Being Human Redux: Frankenstein Underground, by Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck

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2 books on Germany @ NYJB

I review books on Hitler’s domestic spaces and how Germany deals with 4 centuries of history over at the New York Journal of Books. Continue reading 2 books on Germany @ NYJB

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