Saturday Open Thread 

The stairway to heaven… The Last Bookstore, L.A.

From The Trailer Park - The Man Who Was Thursday

Based on a novel by G.K. Chesterton, it tells the story of a disgraced Catholic priest (Francois Arnaud, The Borgias) on a mission to infiltrate an anti-Christian anarchist group. Also stars Jordi Molla (Riddick) and Ana Ularu (Emerald City).

A dark and artsy R-rated take on Chesterton? Color me intrigued. It’s currently playing […]

Ty Cobb — Correcting the Record

Mark Hendrickson has a great review of the above book at the Claremont of Review of Books

“The greatness of Ty Cobb,” remarked fellow Hall of Famer and former opponent, George Sisler, “was something that had to be seen, and to see him was to remember him forever.” Similar statements have been made about […]

Sunday Open Thread 

If you ever make it to L.A. check out the Last Bookstore at 5th and Spring.

Wednesday Open Thread

Last beach day of the summer…

Monday Open Thread 

Yesterday’s haul.. $2 each at Barnes and Noble.

Thursday Open Thread 

RIP — Elie Wiesel

Holocaust survivor, author, and deserving Nobel winner Elie Wiesel has died at age 87. From Haaretz:

In 2006, popular talk-show host Oprah Winfrey selected a new translation of “Night” by Wiesel’s wife Marion for her book club, helping to push the book to a top spot on The New York Times’ best-seller list for […]

The Somme and Mordor

Image by Rebecca Bird

Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme — a 4-month long World War 1 campaign that was meant to break the stalemate on the Western Front but after more than a million men killed came to typify the industrialized charnel house of trench warfare as well […]

India in World War 2

Srinath Raghavan in his New Delhi office. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Here’s another interesting book chuck I ran across this week on India’s involvement in World War 2 and its consequences for Indian liberation following the war in 1947. From The Hindu Times (bolded are interviewer questions):

The book is called India’s war. Yet, not […]