Tarquinius-Superbus

A review of The Early History of Rome by Livy

Livy’s Early History of Rome is an excellent study of Rome, and a quite enjoyable procession through the founding stories of a seminal world power by one of its citizens while this power was still on the rise. Or decline, depending

Tarquinius-Superbus

A review of The Early History of Rome by Livy

Livy’s Early History of Rome is an excellent study of Rome, and a quite enjoyable procession through the founding stories of a seminal world power by one of its citizens while this power was still on the rise. Or decline, depending

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A review of Erewhon by Samuel Butler

Lately it’s all about Darwin. I read Veblen, which was drenched in the influence of Darwin, which prompted me to read Darwin himself, and now with Samuel Butler, I find that I’m encountering Darwin yet again. The man had an

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A review of Erewhon by Samuel Butler

Lately it’s all about Darwin. I read Veblen, which was drenched in the influence of Darwin, which prompted me to read Darwin himself, and now with Samuel Butler, I find that I’m encountering Darwin yet again. The man had an

Starting on Erewhon

The trouble with reading great big books is that they are often heavy and unweildy, making them impractical for days you spend reading by the pool or at the beach. And pretty much for that reason alone, I have started

Starting on Erewhon

The trouble with reading great big books is that they are often heavy and unweildy, making them impractical for days you spend reading by the pool or at the beach. And pretty much for that reason alone, I have started

I will now read Wealth of Nations

I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time, and here I am. I got myself an unabridged single volume, which weighs in at 1000 pages plus another 150 pages of notes and appendices. I don’t mind the length

I will now read Wealth of Nations

I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time, and here I am. I got myself an unabridged single volume, which weighs in at 1000 pages plus another 150 pages of notes and appendices. I don’t mind the length

Darwin

A review of Origin Of Species by Charles Darwin

Origin of species is a single, clear, and beautifully articulated argument for how life on earth works. It is an idea that I’d heard and understood over the years, and its an idea that is deeply embedded in our culture.

Darwin

A review of Origin Of Species by Charles Darwin

Origin of species is a single, clear, and beautifully articulated argument for how life on earth works. It is an idea that I’d heard and understood over the years, and its an idea that is deeply embedded in our culture.

Part-way through Darwin

I’ve been working my way slowly through Darwin, which is more an indication of the other pressures in my life than of the challenge of the book. Indeed, Origin of Species is a very pleasant, highly approachable work. Unlike Veblen,

Part-way through Darwin

I’ve been working my way slowly through Darwin, which is more an indication of the other pressures in my life than of the challenge of the book. Indeed, Origin of Species is a very pleasant, highly approachable work. Unlike Veblen,

Moving on to Darwin

So after finishing Theory of the Leisure Class, I took a detour into another of Veblen’s books, not on my list, The Instinct of Workmanship and the State of the Industrial Arts. I swore I wasn’t going to add more

Moving on to Darwin

So after finishing Theory of the Leisure Class, I took a detour into another of Veblen’s books, not on my list, The Instinct of Workmanship and the State of the Industrial Arts. I swore I wasn’t going to add more

Thorstein Veblen

A review of The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

I spent about six months reading this book, and I thought about it nonstop as I did. I can’t think of another book which was more cathartic for me, nor one that I found as intellectually invigorating. Depressing as all

Thorstein Veblen

A review of The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

I spent about six months reading this book, and I thought about it nonstop as I did. I can’t think of another book which was more cathartic for me, nor one that I found as intellectually invigorating. Depressing as all

Veblen Excerpts

My copy of Veblen is marked up all over the place, and here’s a chapter by chapter rendering of the passages I flagged.  Mostly I focused on highlighting key points or ideas, for the sole purpose of remembering what the

Veblen Excerpts

My copy of Veblen is marked up all over the place, and here’s a chapter by chapter rendering of the passages I flagged.  Mostly I focused on highlighting key points or ideas, for the sole purpose of remembering what the

Finished Veblen!

After one of the most satisfying long slogs of my reading career I finished Veblen last night.  Hooray!  What a great book, and what a relief to have finished it.  My copy is marked all to hell, and I’ve already

Finished Veblen!

After one of the most satisfying long slogs of my reading career I finished Veblen last night.  Hooray!  What a great book, and what a relief to have finished it.  My copy is marked all to hell, and I’ve already