Tag Archives: Edmund Burke

2022 Books Read

Some re-reads this year, but a lot of new-to-me authors as well. New novels written by faves. Been a year of upheaval and transitions. I’ve managed to keep up my regular reading schedule. I just don’t feel right if I’m … Continue reading

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The past is present

In England in 1788, an impeachment trial began against Warren Hastings, governor general of the notorious East India Company – accusing him of corruption, cruelty, crimes against humanity (in modern language), and of wielding the worst of the worst – … Continue reading

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Recommended Books: Non-Fiction

I have been meaning to do a Part 2 to my Recommended Books: Fiction list – put together years ago. I wanted to recommend non-fiction, from history books to biographies to essays to whatever. Here is the Non-Fiction list. I’ve … Continue reading

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The Books: Arguably, ‘Edmund Burke: Reactionary Prophet’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France is one of the great political tracts in existence. Like Tom Paine (who wrote Rights of Man as a sort of blistering REPLY … Continue reading

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The Books: Marie Antoinette: The Journey, by Antonia Fraser

Daily Book Excerpt: Biography Next biography on the biography shelf is Marie Antoinette: The Journey, by Antonia Fraser Or consider that unutterable business of the Diamond Necklace. Red-hatted Cardinal Louis de Rohan; Sicilian jailbird Balsamo Cagliostro; milliner Dame de Lamotte, … Continue reading

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2005 Books Read

Here is the complete list of books I read in 2005. Underworld: A Novel, by Don DeLillo – which I had started in the fall of 2004- before I went to Ireland – and it took me FOREVER to finish … Continue reading

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Summer Reading

… of the stars. I found this very enjoyable reading. What are “stars” reading this summer? Looks like pretty much everybody is reading Harry Potter (except Harold Bloom who is spending the summer re-reading the god-awful canon of the god-awful … Continue reading

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“Let us add, if we please, but let us preserve what they have left”

Read this on the bus this morning. From Reflections on the Revolution in France, by Edmund Burke: The improvements of the national assembly are superficial, their errors fundamental. Whatever they are, I wish my countrymen rather to recommend to our … Continue reading

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The Books: “Reflections on the Revolution in France” (Edmund Burke)

Next book in my Daily Book Excerpt: Next book in my politics/philosophy section is: Reflections on the Revolution in France , by Edmund Burke. All I can really say is is that this book is essential reading. That’s all. After … Continue reading

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The Perfect Imaginary Dinner

THE AUTHORS Christopher Marlowe. I have a TON of questions to ask that guy. Charles Dickens. Just because I have a feeling that the dude was a blast. He could sit at the head of the table, keep the liquor … Continue reading

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