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I happened on John Kaag's "American Philosophy: A Love Story" back in 2016 and immediately became a fan of this young philosophy professor. more
I can't think of a more charming and endearing way to start the book-reading year than to recommend Shaun Bythell's "The Diary of a Bookseller" (2018) to you. more
John Steinbeck, a native Californian, went to Stanford University hoping to find someone who'd teach him to write. He didn't. What he found, according to William Souder’s new biography of the … more
We live in an age of creation and destruction by media. Rising or falling, champs or chumps, very few media stories are true as presented. Never forget that every minute televised is a minute … more
by Hugh Gilmore The ads for November's Battle of the Giants – Mr. Trump v. Mr. Biden – No Holds Barred, Ladies and Gentlemen – have lately come falling out of the skies on us like millions of … more
by Hugh Gilmore Now that the 2020 presidential election date is only double-digits days away, every mechanical device in America (and possibly Russia) has begun spewing the memes, dreams and schemes … more
A first edition copy of Hunter S. Thompson’s “Hell’s Angels.” by Hugh Gilmore I've been reading some books lately about the ways people act when they're part of a crowd. Two of them I've … more
"Tracks" by Robyn Davidson and "Shooting the Boh" by Tracy Johnston are among a trio of enjoyable books by women that can satisfy wanderlust in a time of stay-at-home orders and limited travel. by … more
by Hugh Gilmore A fellow reader, Margaret Guthrie, of Wyncote, wrote to say that she’d recently read with interest Daniel Defoe’s “A Journal of the Plague Year,” published originally in … more
Vaseem Khan's Baby Ganesh Agency Investigation series and "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel are two of many books recommended by local readers to escape the pandemic. by Hugh Gilmore As you … more
by Hugh Gilmore A review of “Anatomy Of An Epidemic: The True Story of a Town, a Hotel, a Silent Killer, and a Medical Detection Team,” by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan-Witts. Published in 1982 … more
The Holland House Library after it was struck by a bomb in a German air raid. (Photo: Wikicommons) by Hugh Gilmore By coincidence I had started reading “The Splendid and the Vile” when our … more
by Hugh Gilmore When the cold weather slipped in last weekend and made our bones rattle, I sat down next to the fireplace and reached into the pile of fuel I keep handy for such hard late-February … more
by Hugh Gilmore According to the historian William Dalrymple, one of the very first Indian words to enter the English language was the Hindustani slang for plunder: loot. In his book, “The … more
Two new books tackle English style and usage for the Internet age. by Hugh Gilmore Here’s a pair of shin-kickers with namby-pamby titles. You’d probably not pick them up off a bookshelf at the … more
by Hugh Gilmore I offer the following observations in the hope that you may find something here that will bring you pleasure in your next reading year. The single best book I read, superb in every … more
Mary Roach by Hugh Gilmore Mary Roach has learned to Grunt, Gulp, Spook and Bonk for you, while Tackling the Afterlife and Packing for Mars. If you don’t know the writing of Mary Roach, I’ll be … more
A page from a Sports Illustrated profile of Tristan Jones. by Hugh Gilmore Sometimes we’re all better off for not looking behind the screen to see the Wizard. For years I’ve wanted to dedicate a … more
"Spirit of the Road" is a well-written and intelligent look at a trucker’s career.[/caption] by Hugh Gilmore I’ll read any well-written book about an occupation I’ve never had. The jobs … more
by Hugh Gilmore If you want to take up the hobby of bird watching, and begin this afternoon, you could easily notch 50 bird species for your “life list” before this year ended – without … more
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