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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 […]

Sophie Scholl | Review

July 2, 2012


Sophie Scholl – The Final Days (Wikipedia entry) [NR], 2005 This movie is about the last days in the life of Sophie Scholl, a 21-year-old member of the anti-Nazi non-violent student resistance group the White Rose, part of the German Resistance movement. She was found guilty of high treason by the People‚Äôs Court and executed […]

Masada | Notes

June 11, 2012


Yigael Yadin. Masada: Herod’s Fortress and the Zealots’ Last Stand. ¬†Steimatzky Ltd., 1997. (272 pages) 1 The challenge * Western drop to the Dead sea is more than 1,300 feet. * 66 AD, the Jewish revolt flared up into a full-scale country-wide war. * 70 AD, the Roman general Titus conquered Jerusalem, sacked the city, […]

Did Jesus Exist? | Notes & Review

April 29, 2012


Bart Ehrman. Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth. HarperOne, 2012. (361 pages) [many thanks to Janelle for our copy!] Introduction When mythicists use the term [myth] they often seem to mean simply a story that has no historical basis, a history-like narrative that in fact did not happen. (3) What I […]

TED | Neil MacGregor: 2600 Years of History in One Object

February 29, 2012


The things we make have one supreme quality — they live longer than us. We perish, they survive; we have one life, they have many lives, and in each life they can mean different things. Which means that, while we all have one biography, they have many. I want this morning to talk about the […]