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Vacation Books

I had brought Rebecca West’s Black Lamb and Grey Falcon on vacation with me, which I am loving re-reading, as well as Evelyn Waugh’s Sword of Honor, which I have never read and am in love with already. It’s already … Continue reading

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The Books: Arguably, ‘Victor Serge: Pictures from an Inquisition’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens Considering my long-standing fascination with all things Stalin, the fact that I had never read Victor Serge’s work was a major disconnect. I know his name came up in everything I … Continue reading

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The Books: Arguably, ‘Once Upon a Time in Germany’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens A couple things. The following is Hitchens’ review of the German film The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008), which obviously was right in Hitchens’ wheelhouse. He called it one of the best … Continue reading

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The Books: Arguably, ‘Harry Potter: The Boy Who Lived’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens Christopher Hitchens reviewed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final installment of J.K. Rowling’s series, for the New York Times Book Review in 2007. Recently, I’m not sure if you’re … Continue reading

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The Books: Arguably, ‘Graham Greene: I’ll Be Damned’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens For probably obvious reasons, Christopher Hitchens has some huge issues with Graham Greene. On some pretty important topics, like religion and politics. Graham Greene is kind of the watch-word for Catholic … Continue reading

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The Books: Arguably, ‘Evelyn Waugh: The Permanent Adolescent’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens Any big reader will have gaps in their reading, authors they never got to, authors they somehow missed, especially if said authors are not taught in school. Evelyn Waugh was one … Continue reading

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The Books: Arguably, ‘On Animal Farm’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens Christopher Hitchens wrote an entire book on Orwell called Why Orwell Matters (it’s great, no surprise). His mentions of Orwell in print probably run into the hundreds of thousands. And not … Continue reading

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Happy Bloomsday From Your Hostess-Pirate

At any Bloomsday celebration, you will see yahoos wearing eye patches, in solidarity with the blind Stephen Dedalus in Ulysses, as well as with its mostly-blind creator, the great James Joyce. I own an eyepatch, because I am a douchebag. … Continue reading

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Ulysses Full House

“The pity is that the public will demand and find a moral in my book, or worse they may take it in some serious way, and on the honour of a gentleman, there is not one single serious word in … Continue reading

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My Version of “Beach Read”

Super-relaxing. YIKES. These maps STRESS ME OUT. The converging arrows! There are so many maps in this book (Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War). Even scarier, I understand them. No, but seriously. I can’t put it down. I wrote on … Continue reading

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