Category Archives: Books

Uninventive Innovations

When I was a small child in Canada some 35 years ago my classroom was organized around themes. There was the reading center where we could curl up with a book and read as much we liked, provided we periodically completed a certain amount of reading assignments and put them in a folder. We had […]

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Able Danger Story Continues

And Captain Ed, as ever, has the ongoing details and explanations. This is an important story, one I think we all need to follow. Something is going on here, but what? Newstory here. Hmm, one of the Captain’s Commentors says:“I’m starting to think that the number one mission of every federal bureaucracy is to see […]

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Becoming an Adult

Recently I read Roald Dahl’s Matilda. Dahl is not one of my favorite children’s authors. He has talent, but he also has an unfortunate fascination with the puerile. Jokes about underwear and nose-picking may appeal to certain members of the younger set, and so does fingerpainting using the contents of their diapers- but that doesn’t […]

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The Free Press

Those of our readers who have been with for any length of time will know that we are great fans of Richard Mitchell. In Graves of Academe he wrote, “It was the genius of Jefferson to see that free people would rarely have to defend their freedom against principalities and powers and satanic enemies of […]

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Escapist Literature

‘Ms O’ taught Language Arts at my Junior High school back in the mid-seventies. She was youngish, and dressed sort of like the female lead on the Mod Squad. She arranged our desks in friendly little groups facing each other, instead of in regimented rows. She didn’t lecture the class from the front of the […]

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