Category Archives: History

The History of White People

Nell Irvin Painter, 2010 Looking for some clarity amidst our tumultuous news cycle filled with constant reports of an ever increasing normalization of nationalistic fueled racism, I decided I needed some historical non-fiction to realign my perspective about what is going … Continue reading

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Europe: The Struggle for Supremacy

Brendan Simms, 2014 “The fundamental issue has always been whether Europe would be united – or dominated – by a single force: the Universal Monarchy attributed to Charles V, Phillip II (for whom the world was ‘not enough’) and Louis … Continue reading

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Bowie: Album by Album

Paulo Hewitt, 2013 Ok, ok. I admit it. I have a Bowie obsession and this blog has been intermittently taken over by my reading interests in the the alien performance artist that is Bowie. It started with Peter Dogget’s The Man … Continue reading

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Istanbul: Memories and the City

Orhan Pamuk, 2003 Translated from the Turkish by Maureen Freely, 2004 “In Istanbul the remains of a glorious past civilization are everywhere visible. No matter how ill-kept, no matter how neglected or hemmed in they are by concrete monstrosities, the … Continue reading

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The Middle East

A Brief History of the Last 2,000 Years Bernard Lewis, 1995 This was the last book from the stash I accumulated at Powell’s last September after my Willamette Valley bike ride adventure. Browsing through Powell’s history and world culture sections … Continue reading

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The Better Angels of Our Nature

Why Violence Has Declined Steven Pinker 2012 This was the opposite of light, summer reading. In fact, The Better Angels of our Nature felt more like summer school. I don’t mean that in a derogatory way. Although this heavily academic and thoroughly … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine: Reader Criticisms

Jame Le Fanu, 1999, 2012 In my last post I was inspired to reflect upon my personal experiences relevant to a patient I had cared for.  I don’t read a lot of medically inspired books and this blog is primarily an … Continue reading

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