My Books of 2018: The Crime of Galileo

“A great and rigid authoritarian administration with a thought police which is supposed to know all should at least keep its records straight.” De Santillana, The Crime of Galileo. 1955. Page 263 The Crime of Galileo by Giorgio De Santillana (Goodreads) In school I only learned the most basic information about Galileo: that he wasContinue reading “My Books of 2018: The Crime of Galileo”

My Books of 2018: Carpenter on Tolkien

Humphrey Carpenter met with J.R.R. Tolkien once before the Professor’s death. He made an appointment, showed up promptly, and was ushered into the man’s cluttered study, which was in a converted garage separate from the main house. It is some time before he is able to state his business, as Tolkien seemed to treat aContinue reading “My Books of 2018: Carpenter on Tolkien”

“Killing the Rock” – Art in a time of crisis

Forgive me for this departure from my usual discussions of fiction and writing, but this is a film I want to share. It touches on a way that people can find meaning and release through art. I can’t even imagine the horrors of the ongoing Syrian Civil War, but Abu Raja has had to watchContinue reading ““Killing the Rock” – Art in a time of crisis”

My Favorite History Podcasts

Lonely car drives, walks, jogging, spring cleaning – I find many opportunities when it’s nice to have something to listen to. And while I’ve got an excellent library of music that can play for a week and a half without repeating a song if I let it go continuously, I’ve also become quite a bigContinue reading “My Favorite History Podcasts”

Book Review: “King Arthur’s Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition” by Tyler Tichelaar

[N.B. A review copy of this book was sent to me by its author. In no way has this influenced the opinions I express here. You can find Tyler Tichelaar’s blog at CHILDREN OF ARTHUR.] Title: King Arthur’s Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition Author: Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D. Pages: 179 Publisher: Modern HistoryContinue reading “Book Review: “King Arthur’s Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition” by Tyler Tichelaar”