Book Book Review, Title What Men Live By, Author Leo Tolstoy, Rating 4.0,

What Men Live By

Leo Tolstoy

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The Heart of Tolstoy

Tolstoy remains one of my favorite writers. His War and Peace and Anna Karenina were reading investments that still pay dividends. These four short stories, in particular What Men Live By, represent some aspects of Tolstoy's later turn to a simpler and more universal religious outlook, when he eschewed organized religion, and embraced a code based on Christ's teaching alone, centering on the Golden Rule and the Sermon on the Mount.

Book Book Review, Title Mink River , Author Brian Doyle, Rating 4.5,

Mink River

Brian Doyle

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The Department of Public Works

This story takes place in the coastal village of Neawanaka on the Mink River and centers around its Department of Public Works. Besides the ordinary public works of cleaning streets and repairing sidewalks, the department slowly expands over time to 'preserve history, collect stories, repair marriages, prevent crime, augment economic status, promote chess, manage insect populations, run sports leagues, isn't that a bit much? We even give haircuts.' ( page 15) Worried Man and Cedar are its two aging employees, idealists who doggedly work to carry out their mission statement: 'Brains against Pains.' ( page 45)

Book Book Review, Title The Hunters: A Novel, Author James Salter, Rating 4.0,

The Hunters: A Novel

James Salter

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The lonely warrior

Salter, a former fighter pilot, writes directly from experience in this novel of U.S. fighter pilots in the Korean War. He draws an internal picture of the psychology of the single combat warrior, and it feels genuine. His portrayal of heroism in the cloistered world of aerial combat does not always translate into obvious laudable accomplishment.

Book Book Review, Title Monument Road, Author Charlie Quimby, Rating 4.5,

Monument Road

Charlie Quimby

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Laconic Love

It was a pleasure to soak in the deep water that is this novel. Charlie Quimby brought back alive a world I have had only episodic contact with in my life: small towns in the far country. It was not as much the characters in this novel, but their sensibility, their rhythms of speech and actions that were recognizable from my past forays beyond the city. After the pleasure of remembrance past is the pleasure of a deceptively simple love story. It is not one of gushing romance or erotic desires, but one of sharing a full life, of living for the other person, of being deeply grateful that fate brought a companion who could see you for what you are, and who unselfishly did the everyday things that add up to a lifetime of devotion.

Book Book Review, Title Perfect Rigor, Author Masha Gessen, Rating 3.5,

Perfect Rigor

Masha Gessen

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Reviews, Science.

Too simply pure

Topology might be described as distilled geometry. The Poincaré conjecture, one of the great unsolved topological problems, was finally proven at the end of the 20th century by Grigoriy Perelman, a Russian mathematician of genius. The historian Masha Gessen, who grew up herself in the Russian mathematical culture, invites us into the Aspergian milieu of world-class geometers to tease out the tale.

Pocket Review, Title Diner, Studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Rating 4.5,

Diner (1982)

Director: Barry Levinson

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Films, Reviews.

Diner: A movie that never gets old

Diner immediately draws you into a group and a world as if you had always belonged there. After high school, a group of guys continue to meet regularly at their favorite Diner to shoot the shit. They are more comfortable in each other's company than they are with their girlfriends.

-PD-US,

PD-US.

 

Religion, Reviews.

Reforming progress

Calvinist philosophy professor Theodore Plantinga suggests that 'post-Enlightenment' Protestants, so as to act progressively or correctly in support of individual liberties, should embrace the Protestant faith, building their responses to the world on the foundation of Calvin and Luther, rather than embrace 'short-sighted' Enlightenment ideas. How does Plantinga justify his view that the societal direction of Western civilization can be improved by eschewing the Enlightenment influence and replacing it with the Reformational Christian outlook of the 16th century?