Category Archives: Books & Book Reviews

Quotes of the Day: Chickens, Boomers & the Python, and an Astronomer who Sees the End of Our Universe

Quotes (Today, all from The Washington Post)

On Backyard chickens:

“Which reminds me: Everything imaginable will try to eat your chickens. Depending on where you live, you’ll have to protect your flock from hawks, raccoons, weasels, coyotes, wolves, dogs, foxes and even hungry bears. . . . Continue reading Quotes of the Day: Chickens, Boomers & the Python, and an Astronomer who Sees the End of Our Universe

A Jaw-Dropping NC Governor’s Race Has Begun!

Anti-Gay? Anti-Science? Antisemitic? Run for Governor of North Carolina!

Frank Bruni

Reflections on the mess (and magic) of politics and life.

Mr. Bruni is a contributing Opinion writer who was on the staff of The Times for more than 25 years.

Robinson’s book is a hot seller at his preaching gigs.

The 2024 governor’s race in North Carolina just got underway. You care.

Not because this state is the nation’s ninth most populous, though that’s reason enough. But because what happens here is a referendum on how low Republicans will sink and how far they can nonetheless get.

Attorney General Josh Stein of North Carolina announced his candidacy last week. At present he’s the likeliest Democratic nominee

Continue reading A Jaw-Dropping NC Governor’s Race Has Begun!

The Anti-Creed of Zora Neale Hurston


NOTE: I’m just beginning to learn about Black author Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960). While lionized by many today, she also has critics, literary, social and political.

Unlike many other prominent Black artists, Hurston was politically quite conservative, what could now be called an “Old Right” Republican. She has also been claimed by libertarians. Continue reading The Anti-Creed of Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston: Pioneering Anthropologist & Author

Washington Post

How  novelist Zora Neale Hurston transformed American anthropology

Zora Neale Hurston

A new documentary, “Zora Neale Hurston: Claiming Space,” focuses on Hurston’s work as one of the country’s first Black woman ethnographers and filmmakers

By DeNeen L. Brown
 — January 17, 2023

In the late 1920s, Zora Neale Hurston, who would become one of the most influential writers of the Harlem Renaissance, rented a chrome-plated Chevrolet and hit the road, returning south to her hometown of Eatonville, Fla. She hoped to document the culture of Black men who swapped stories each evening on the porch of Joe Clark’s general store. Continue reading Zora Neale Hurston: Pioneering Anthropologist & Author

Likely the Only Post Here About Prince Harry’s Book “Spare” – by Gwynne Dyer

[NOTE: I have no strong opinions about Harry & his book & the surrounding soap opera. I wish him & Meghan and their kids a happily ever after, which I expect to ignore. If they shake up the UK monarchy along the way, so much the better. But as usual, I find the reactions of renegade independent Canadian journalist Gwynne Dyer informative & intriguing.]

A Shocking Disclosure
By Gwynne Dyer — 8 January 2023


Where do you look when somebody says: “In the age of Apaches and laptops, everything I did in the course of two combat tours was recorded, time-stamped. I could always say precisely how many enemy combatants I’d killed. And I felt it vital never to shy away from that number.

“So, my number: Twenty-five. It wasn’t a number that gave me any satisfaction. But neither was it a number that made me feel ashamed.” Continue reading Likely the Only Post Here About Prince Harry’s Book “Spare” – by Gwynne Dyer