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Androgyny, the opposites within by June Singer (2000) We live in the “Age of Androgyny,” not the Age of Aquarius, the author observes. To appreciate Dr. Singer’s study, it probably is a good idea to become familiar with the concepts of psychiatrist Carl Jung’s works and the construct of archetypes. Singer’s work is scholarly and verbose […]

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NPJ Book Review: Faust’s Metropolis, A History of Berlin by Alexandra Riche (1998)  Voltaire once observed: “We owe respect to the living and to the dead only truth.” I’ve used Richie’s immense work as reference tool over the years to compare and contrast to other studies when digging deeper on a specific subject in German […]

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Scribes, Scripts and Books, The Book Arts from Antiquity to the Renaissance by Leila Arvin (1991) This work effects curiosity. I took a course decades ago from Professor Leila Arvin. Her research was always intelligent, thoughtful, in-depth and complex with invaluable insights. In the preface of the work she sums up two idiosyncrasies she possesses: “chutzpah and […]

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Evil in Modern Thought – an alternative history of philosophy by Susan Neiman (2004) My read – this is an intellectually profound inquiry. Sitting on my bookshelf and consulted from time to time, more so as of late. How much time do we have? What is evil? Where can meaning be found? In a post–truth […]

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Ideas with consequences: The Federalist Society and the Conservative Counterrevolution (Studies in Postwar American Political Development) by Amanda Hollis-Brusky (2015) Impartiality? That word comes into mind and the question surrounding it, upon perusing this scholarly work. The atmosphere whether in a judge’s chambers or in the halls of Congress or the offices of the US […]

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Detroit, An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff (2013) I really didn’t want to read this book when it was first published in 2013. I’ve been putting it off. I was born in the inner city of Detroit. After a brief stint at St. Mary’s Hospital established by the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de […]

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From Fascism to Populism in History by Federico Finchelstein  (2017) Finchelstein, Professor of History at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College in New York City offers brilliant and provocative ideas and insights into the nature of fascism and populism and the historical underpinnings and connections. He notes in the introduction, “Fascism […]

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The Shame Nation: The Global Epidemic of Online Hate by Sue Scheff, Melissa Schorr (2017) With a forward by Monica Lewinski. My take: This work serves as a thought-provoking idea resource to those who wish to counter online hate. Anonymous hate filled trolls have ruined the lives and careers of people. Hate is a growing […]

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The Devil in the Holy Water or the Art of Slander from Louis XIV to Napoleon by Robert Darnton (2010) My perspective: This is an enormous book of scholarship by Professor Robert Danton, Harvard University Librarian. It’s both lengthy and substantial. The book had been sitting on my shelf for over five years in which […]

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Power, Politics, and the Making of the Bible, An Introduction, by Robert B. Coote & Mary P. Coote (1990) Some thoughts: This book written almost three decades ago was considered a paradigm shift towards a sociopolitical analysis of the Old and New Testaments and away from traditional historical analysis. The implications of Robert and Mary Coote’s […]

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Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump by Michael Isikoff and David Corn My perspective: Father Tikhon Shevkunov, the self-confident and self-serving “confessor of Vladimir Putin,” reputedly told Putin a year or two before the turn of the century that he (Putin) was on a divine mission. Putin […]

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Mindful Politics, A Buddhist guide to making the world a better place. Ed., Melvin McLeod (2006) Decades ago I experienced the nature of Buddhism from living in Japan to studies and work in India. It’s not something you only read about. To understand and appreciate one needs to experience. This book has been gathering dust […]

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The Prehistory of Sex by Timothy Taylor, Four Million Years of Human Sexual Culture. (1996) When I first purchased this work over two decades ago while working as a library director and reviewing any number of works in ancient history, archaeology and anthropology, I read this book  as a comparative study and gave myself time […]

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The Housewife’s Handbook on Selective Promiscuity, Definitive Edition by Rey Anthony (2012) The author, Lillian Maxine Serett wrote this in the late 1950’s and originally published it in 1960. The United States Supreme Court indicted the author for distributing obscene material through the mail under the Comstock Act of 1873. And the publisher Ralph Ginzburg […]

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The Transparent Self by Sidney M. Jourard Revised Edition (1971) Self-disclosure. How much actual self-disclosure is there today? This thought-provoking book is well over 40 years old but feels relevant at this juncture of “now.” I purchased it decades ago and periodically return to this and other works for a better understanding of human relationships. […]

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