Tuesday Open Thread

Thomas Sowell analyzes the two competing visions that shape our debates about the nature of reason, justice, equality, and power: the “constrained” vision, which sees human nature as unchanging and selfish, and the “unconstrained” vision, in which human nature is malleable and perfectible. He describes how these two radically opposed views have manifested themselves […]

Monday Open Thread

Sunday Open Thread

From the Amazon description:

A gripping intellectual adventure story, Sailing from Byzantium sweeps you from the deserts of Arabia to the dark forests of northern Russia, from the colorful towns of Renaissance Italy to the final moments of a millennial city under siege….

Byzantium: the successor of Greece and Rome, this magnificent empire bridged […]

Saturday Open Thread

Frederick the Great tries to school the aging master. Bach is having none of it.

Friday Open Thread

Chesterton, what more can I say? If you want a tour de force about what Christendom (and Christ) have met to the West and to the world in general, then this book will go a long way towards your education or reaffirmation. Chesterton is evergreen — as relevant now as ever.

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Thursday Open Thread

Claire Berlinski’s shortish biography of the Iron Lady is a great read — interesting, admiring but not hagiographic. She does a good job of painting Thatcher as not just a lady, but a woman working among men — and using that to her advantage at times.

Wednesday Open Thread

If you want to know the source material for a lot of the tropes in Western fiction and film, then Owen Wister’s The Virginian is it. Wister’s book was soon after the closing of the West and is a great Romantic novel (as opposed to romance novel). Well worth a read.

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Tuesday Open Thread

I love this book — fascinating read by Max Boot.

Monday Open Thread

This trilogy spanning World War II, based in part on Evelyn Waugh’s own experiences as an army officer, is the author’s surpassing achievement as a novelist. Its central character is Guy Crouchback, head of an ancient but decayed Catholic family, who at first discovers new purpose in the challenge to defend Christian values […]

Father’s Day Open Thread

One of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors…

From the Amazon summary:

“The Time It Never Rained was inspired by actual events, when the longest and most severe drought in living memory pressed ranchers and farmers to the outer limits of courage and endurance.”–Elmer Kelton

Rio Seco was too small to […]