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July Reading Recap

Last month, despite a whirlwind trip, work on my dissertation, and preparations to move, I managed to read four books, which I am both pleased with and frustrated by. My Name is Red – Orhan Pamuk Reviewed here. This is the fourth book (third novel) of Pamuk’s I’ve read and I rank it alongside Snow […]

A Sunday Evening Thought: Humanity

Apropos of everything or nothing, depending on your inclination. I admire Olaf Stapledon’s vision of humanity in Last and First Men (1930): relentlessly self-destructive but irrepressibly resilient, brimming with potential but fundamentally and permanently limited. In this vision, humanity maintains a precarious existence and is usually too individualistic and preoccupied to realize just how fragile […]