Archives for October 2014

A Conspiracy?

I recently received a request from a friend on Face Book, I’ll call him Jesse, to watch this video: While I have doubts about much of what is claimed in this video, it raises some important points that should be addressed. I wrote the following letter to Jesse, which I would like to share […]

Book Review: Caesar’s Lictor by Alex Johnston

“Please tell the chef to go easy on the garum.” If you want to read the joke to which this is the punchline you will have to read this book. But I’ll give you a clue, it is told by Julius Caesar and the butt is Cato. Alex Johnston scores once again with his novella […]

Book Review: Augustus by John Williams

John Williams’ Augustus is an epistolary novel-that is, a work composed of letters and memoires. Some of the letters are taken from actual correspondence by historical figures of the time, such as Cicero and Maecenas, and others are complete inventions of the author, speculating on what the character would have written if given the chance. […]

Book Review: The Stupidparty, Math vs Myth by Patrick M. Andendall

I have long believed that the Republican Party is an unholy alliance between the greedy and the stupid. The author of Stupidparty, Math vs Myth, has the same concept, only he terms the greedy “benefactors” or “asset strippers,” and the stupid “disciples of the Stupidparty.” Stupidparty is Mr. Andendall’s term for today’s Republican Party. Mr. […]

The Book of Joshua

One of the most disturbing parts of the Old Testament is the Book of Joshua. It is the story of the conquest of Canaan by the Israelites led by Joshua son of Nun around 1400 B.C. The topic is timely given the religious violence we see in the world today, and I plan to write […]