Leonard Cohen’s unfinished final album – completed after his death by his son – finds the singer in love with life Source: Leonard Cohen: Thanks for the Dance, review – the life-enhancing final thoughts of a lyrical master Opinion: I just wrote about Leonard Cohen the other day in Earthpages Book of Remembrance. He’s one… Read More Leonard Cohen: Thanks for the Dance, review – the life-enhancing final thoughts of a lyrical master | + Opinion
C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) was a British writer and Cambridge professor of medieval studies who underwent a profound conversion to Christianity. His popular books include The Screwtape Letters (1942, where a senior and junior devil correspond on the topic of how to destroy souls), The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950, which has become… Read More C. S. Lewis – Christian writer who foresaw the rise of scientism
One person’s look at the inherent conflict between individual freedom vs. freedom to not be harmed by another. These days, I sometimes question the value of the First Amendment: freedom of speech. When I watch movies on Netflix and every other word is profanity, for instance. Or when the president tells four dynamic recently elected… Read More Why oppose banning books and free speech?
My eyes are hurting again. I’ve been testing out some new e-readers and staring at my tablet — not just reading but fiddling with all the settings and customizations. After a few days of getting into e-reading, I began to want a reader where I could insert my own background image behind the text. FB… Read More Trying out FBReader (Android app at Google Play) – And a few more notes on The Count of Monte Cristo
Over the long weekend, I’ve become reacquainted with the art of reading classic adventure tales. I enjoy historical TV series but some productions rewrite history just a bit too much for my liking. I’m not talking about plot embellishments but rather blatant socio-historical fabrications inserted in the hope of creating a progressive, feelgood story. Just… Read More Political in/correctness in Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo (1844)
Originally posted July 21, 2019 as “Watch your language! – Because there’s a lot of b.s. out there.” This second revision contains some much-needed style tweaks and minor additions. I initially wrote this on the fly and its original lack of organization still shows to some extent. But rather than starting again from the top,… Read More Farewell to the language gods – Power and legitimization in the quest for knowledge
Jim Morrison (1943-71) was a charismatic rock and roll hero and frontman for the successful 1960s to early 70s group, The Doors. He also wrote poetry and dabbled in filmmaking. Always controversial, Morrison was once arrested for a college prank and another time for indecent exposure in Miami. He was exonerated for the second arrest… Read More Jim Morrison – The soft parade has now begun