Book review: Lessons from Walden: Thoreau and the Crisis of American Democracy

Lessons From Walden

Lessons from Walden:
Thoreau and the Crisis of American Democracy,
by Bob Pepperman Taylor
University of Notre Dame Press
3/30/2020
258 pages
Nonfiction / Political literature criticism
Award:
American Political Science Association 2020, Section Award for Best Book in American Political Thought
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I read Walden by Henry David Thoreau a few years ago. So when I saw Bob Pepperman Taylor had a book on it, I knew it would be a great way of going deeper into the work and its meaning. Lessons from Walden focuses also on Civil Disobedience. So I read it first to be really ready for this excellent inquiry into Thoreau’s thought. Click to continue reading

Book review: Killer, Come Back to Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury

Killer Come Back to Me

Killer, Come Back to Me:
The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury,
by Ray Bradbury
Hard Case Crime
8/18/2020
330 pages
Crime fiction / Classic / Short stories

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Last year, to honor Ray Bradbury’s 100th birthday, Hard Case Crime decided to publish a new collection of his short stories. Killer, Come Back to Me is unique, as it features his crime stories, something you may not expect from Bradbury if you are only familiar with his most famous books.
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Book review: The Inugami Curse

The Inugami Curse

The Inugami Curse,
by Seishi Yokomizo
Translated by Yumiko Yamazaki
Pushkin Vertigo
6/2/2020
犬神家の一族
was first published in Japanese in 1972
336 pages
Japanese mystery / Classic

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Seishi Yokomizo (1902-1981) is one of Japan’s most famous mystery writers, best known for his 77 (!!) books of the Kosuke Kindaichi series. The Inugami Curse (also published as The Inugami Clan) is volume six in the original series in Japanese, and volume two in the English translation. Click to continue reading