Tag Archive: UK

Commonplace Book: T.E. Lawrence on Arab zeal

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Compelling passages, notable quotables, bon mots, disjecta, ephemera, and miscellany. Some of the evil of my tale may have been inherent in our circumstances. For years we lived anyhow with another in the… Continue reading

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American Odd: Three Wogs, by Alexander Theroux

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This week I continue my essay series American Odd by looking at “Three Wogs,” by Alexander Theroux, a comic novel about race relations in the UK.

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Commonplace Book: G.K. Chesterton on politicians

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English conservative Catholic writer GK Chesterton tells us what’s wrong with the world … especially politicians.

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How To Be A Conservative, by Roger Scruton @ NYJB

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Noted British philosopher explains how to be a conservative.

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Commonplace Book: Priorities

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“She was a Calvinistic Sabbatarian in religion, and in worldly manners she was a devout believer in the high rank of her noble relatives.”

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CCLaP Fridays: Cities of Empire, by Tristram Hunt

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This week I review “Cities of Empire: The British colonies and the creation of the urban world,” by Tristram Hunt.

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On Being Human Redux: Notes on “Orphan Black”

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An occasional series that is a continuation of my essay anthology, On Being Human: critical looks at books and movies that examine the question of humanity. (Buy the limited edition hardcover, Kindle version,… Continue reading

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CCLaP Fridays: NSFW Files … the Book! Coming out next Monday (1/19/15)

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The NSFW Files includes essays on erotica written by a Nobel laureate, an outsider artist, a surrealist, and a French prisoner, among many more. Most important, the essay collection offers an answer to the question, “What dirty book should I read next?”

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Commonplace Book: “Death, be not proud …” by John Donne

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A well known sonnet from John Donne.

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Harold and Jack: The Remarkable Friendship of Prime Minister Macmillan and President Kennedy, by Christopher Sandford @ NYJB

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In Harold and Jack: The Remarkable Friendship of Prime Minister Macmillan and President Kennedy Christopher Sandford “expertly uses historical and archival material to make Kennedy’s and Macmillan’s Special Relationship come to life.”

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