Notorious RBG and the Supremes

Supremes

In honor of Women's History Month, here's a look at books by or about the women who've served as Supreme Court justices. No Supreme Court justice in living memory has generated the following that Ruth Bader Ginsburg has. She's achieved almost cult-like status among liberals and progressives, particularly the young. The apex of this may be […]

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How Do We Know That?

How Do We Know That

The world can be an unknowable blob, and we just can't figure it out. Whether it be history, science, psychology or whatever, unraveling how we know what we know can be just as confusing as knowing the stuff to begin with. That's why I'm fascinated by books about the research and discovery we use to learn […]

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Road to Character Reading List Part 2

Irish Road

Last week, I told you about The Road to Character by David Brooks. Well, I couldn't resist adding an additional post about more people profiled in that book, and what they left us. For last week's post, click here. Mary Ann Evans, who wrote under the name George Eliot, had a tendency to misplace her affections until […]

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The Black National Anthem and the Multitalented Men Who Wrote It

J. Rosamond Johnson (l) with his brother James Weldon Johnson 
Source: ASCAP, Wikipedia

James Weldon Johnson is often called the Renaissance Man of the Harlem Renaissance—with good reason. The author of the novel The Autobiography of An Ex-Colored Man, he was also a respected poet, newspaper columnist, diplomat and the first black leader of the NAACP. But he is perhaps best known for writing the lyrics to the stirring […]

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Road to Character Reading List

Bookshelf 1

David Brooks' latest book, The Road to Character, talks about virtue in the era of what he calls "The Big Me." There are resume virtues that are good for finding a job or advancing in the world, and there are eulogy virtues, like kindness, faithfulness, self-control, and so on. Brooks holds that without the eulogy virtues, […]

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13 Ways Advertisers Lie To You. #8 Will Blow Your Mind!

Marketing

Did you actually click on that? What's wrong with you? What have you ever learned from clickbait? But now that I've caught you, here are some books that might actually show you how marketers trick your brain into wanting all the things they have for sale. Nothing screams good marketing like classic American flimflam. John R. […]

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Think Deep Thoughts: Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit is enjoying a bit of a renaissance with her latest collection of essays: Men Explain Things to Me. The title essay explores how Solnit and women in general tend to assume that men are more knowledgeable on a subject than they are, even when the woman is the expert. This essay gave rise to […]

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Oddities and Curios

Oddities and Curios

Every now and then, to satisfy your morbid curiosity, it does you good to search out the abnormalities which make the world such a fascinating bundle of matter, mind and soul. From museums filled with various deformities to strange tourist destinations spread across the country, there are plenty of ways to witness general weirdness. Dr. Mütter's Marvels is the biography of […]

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I Like the Moon

I Like the Moon

Sometimes, when you look up at the sky, mostly at night, or maybe during the day, there's this big glowing ball that doesn't blind you when you look at it like the sun does. It's got some dark spots on it, and it's kinda creepy and cool. I've heard that some people even went there, and […]

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Get Ready for Winter

The winter solstice, or official start of the season, is December 21. Here are some resources for all ages to help make your winter great! For younger children, Denise Fleming's The First Day of Winter is a cute variation on "The 12 Days of Christmas," counting up common items you might experience on the first […]

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