Book Review

The God Pan

The painting above is titled: Pan and Syrinx, c.1620/25, by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Location: The Royal Collection London United Kingdom The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen Steven King called the The Great God Pan as, “Maybe the best [horror story] in the English Language.  King was right.  It’s a  creepy little book, but well…

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The Business Affairs of Mr. Julius Caesar

by Bertolt Brecht Brecht is one of the most influential playwrights of the 20th Century. In college I saw a black and white movie of his production THREE PENNY OPERA. The play was stark, and the music (composed by Kurt Weill) strange and memorable. When I discovered that a recent publishing of his unfinished novel…

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You’re never alone at Starbucks with the Smaller Classical Dictionary

Sometimes I get lonely at Starbucks.  However, not when I take the Smaller Classical Dictionary.    It’s easily shoved in your computer bag, purse, or jacket pocket.  It is your own personal entourage that sits with you in front of Starbucks, the doctor’s office, or that layover in Madrid.   I would take this book with…

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Book Review: Empire by Steven Saylor

First posted on 2010/08 /24  I rate a book by whether I simply read it or I devour it.  This I devoured.   Empire is the story of a family who are eyewitnesses to the glory and the decadence of the Emperors spanning 4 generations from 14 A.D. to 141 B.C.  Over time the Pinarius family…

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