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The Rise and Fall Of Adam and Eve | Quick Review & Notes

December 6, 2017


Stephen Greenblatt. The Rise and Fall Of Adam And Eve. W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2017. (419 pages) QUICK REVIEW This is one of the most comprehensive and eye-opening historical narratives on the subject of Adam and Eve I’ve ever read. It is not only well written with plenty of imagery, insight, erudition, and a […]

TED | Gus Casely-Hayford: The powerful stories that shaped Africa

October 27, 2017


Now, Hegel — he very famously said that Africa was a place without history, without past, without narrative. Yet, I’d argue that no other continent has nurtured, has fought for, has celebrated its history more concertedly. The struggle to keep African narrative alive has been one of the most consistent and hard-fought endeavors of African peoples, and it continues to be so. The struggles […]


April 28, 2017


Yuval Noah Narari. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. HarperCollins, 2015. (443 pages) Sapiens home page; Gates Notes; John Sexton, The New Atlantis; Ezra Klein, Vox; Timeline of History Years Before the Present  (Sapiens | Years Before the Present .pdf) 13.5 billion Matter and energy appear. Beginning of physics. Atoms and molecules appear. Beginning of chemistry. […]

The Mystery and Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls | Notes

March 2, 2017


Hershel Shanks. The Mystery and Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Biblical Archaeology Society, 1998. (246 pages) INTRODUCTION Between the early 1950s and 1956, archaeologists and bedouin vied with one another to find more scrolls, and eventually a library of over eight hundred different manuscripts were recovered. (xiii) Beginning in 1953, an international team of young […]

Boxers & Saints | Reflections

December 25, 2016


Gene Luen Yang. Boxers & Saints. First Second, 2013 (336 pages) Seattle pi review by Jeff Provine; NYTimes review by Wesley Yang; Download a Teacher’s Guide; National Book Review lecture and trailer; I’ve included a significant portion of the NPR Interview with Petra Meyer below: In an email interview, Yang says his Catholic upbringing inspired […]

The Imitation Game | Notes

December 4, 2015


“Sometimes it is the very people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.” Are you paying attention? Good. If you’re not listening carefully, you will miss things, important things. I will not pause. I will not repeat myself, and you will not interrupt me. You think that […]

How The Irish Saved Civilization | Review & Notes

August 4, 2012


Thomas Cahill. How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe. Anchor Books, 1995. (245 pages) — Notes — Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true […]