Category Archives: History

Dark And Stormy Night

A Dark And Stormy Night Memory is not reliable. It gets tangled among emotions and thoughts. Who is to say what really happened and what we felt happened. Who is to say that both are not real in some way … Continue reading

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$2.00 A Day: Living on Almost Nothing In America

$2.00 A Day: Living On Almost Nothing In America By Katheryn J Edin and Luke Schaefer, 2015 After the Civil War in the 1870s, Aid was created for the Windows of the War.  That was about all that was available … Continue reading

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Gobekli Tepe

Gobekli Tepe: The Genesis of the Gods The Temple of the Watchers and The Discovery of Eden By Andrew Collins, 2014 From The Ashes of Angels: Abode of the Gods:  Gobekli Tepe is a Megalithic Complex near Sanliurfa, Turkey.  It … Continue reading

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Joan Didion: Conversations and Essays

Joan Didion: Essays and Conversations Edited by G. Friedman, 1984 Introduction: Play It As It Lays shows a preoccupation with existentialism. She examines the nothingness of the void as in Sartre and Camus—particularly The Myth of Sisyphus.  Kierkegaard She does … Continue reading

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From Beast to Blonde

From Beast To Blonde: On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers Mariana Warner, 1994 This is an entrancing, multi-layered and as wittily subversive as fairy tales themselves, this beautifully illustrated work explores and illuminates the unfolding history of famous fairy tales … Continue reading

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Red And Orange Narcissus

May 21, 2017 Red and Orange Narcissus Narcissism is named after the Greek Myth of Narcissus. Narcissus saw his own reflection in a pool and died because he refused to leave the pool.  Poor Echo fell in love with him, … Continue reading

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GenMe

Generation Me Jean M Twenge, 2006 Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans are more confident, assertive, entitled and more miserable than before. Millennials, Net Generation, iGeneration, GenMe. Gen X are born in the 1960s and 1970s. GenMe was born in … Continue reading

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The Age of American Unreason

The Age of American Unreason By Susan Jacoby, 2009 Jacoby writes about anti-intellectualism in America. She was inspired by the book Anti-Intellectualism in American Life by Richard Hofstadter, which was published in 1963. Jacoby points out that more than half … Continue reading

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Dracula in the Dark: Film Adaptations of Dracula

Dracula in the Dark: The Film Adaptations of Dracula By James Craig Holte, 1997 Vampires often shapshift, particularly on film. Varney The Vampyre came first, then Carmilla and then Dracula. CLASSICS 1922: Nosferatu 1931: Bella Lugosi’s Dracula 1979: Frank Langella … Continue reading

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Dracula: The Vampire and The Critics

Dracula: The Vampire and Critics Edited by Margaret L Carter, 1988 Themes of Racial Purity and the Terror over Race are in Dracula. There is the subtext Darwinian struggle of Global Politics in Dracula.  Britain had imperial opposition during Stoker’s … Continue reading

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