The Good Old Days

The 1950s were so boring and cookie cutter. Or were they? Here’s a great article from Acculturated exploring whether the 1950s were actually more diverse than today in most metrics:

In the last sixty years America has become a more tolerant country. But has it become more diverse?

In terms of race, the […]

From the Trailer Park — The Revenant

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. This is the movie version of a story depicted in a novel I posted her last month called Lord Grizzly. The novel was great, the story, if even half true, is akin to Louie Zamparini’s in terms of epicness (at least in terms of the journey — not […]

Prime Directive

Happy Amazon Prime Day – July 15 – Exclusive Deals for Prime Members – Shop Now

We don’t ask for money (the tip jar sits there like a silent sentinel), but as an Amazon Associate we get a taste of anything you purchase through our various Amazon links. Today is the 20th Anniversary of Amazon […]

From the Trailer Park — The Man in the High Castle

Amazon has picked up the series The Man in the High Castle based on Philip K. Dick’s 1962 novel. The pilot episode was all kinds of awesome. This trailer gives you a taste. I cannot wait.

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.