her (film review)

My thoughts on the film, “her”, starring Joaquin Phoenix: I would recommend watching this film, and give it 4 stars. The film is set in the future, in L.A., and … Continue reading

May 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

My Battle Against Hitler, Dietrich von Hildebrand

This book is in two parts. The first contains exerts from Dietrich von Hildebrand’s memoirs, in particular covering the period of his life from 1921 in Germany until 1938 when … Continue reading

May 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Beauty and the Beast

A few quick thoughts on Beauty and the Beast (2017) starring Emma Watson. This is an enjoyable movie but for me it has 3 weaknesses that make it a 3-star … Continue reading

April 18, 2017 · 4 Comments

A Rabbi talks with Jesus, Jacob Neusner

Jacob Neusner wrote this book to give both Christians and Jews a better understanding of their beliefs, and promote inter-faith discussion. He focusses on Jesus’ teaching in Matthew’s gospel the … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand

Warning: Contains Spoilers If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, … Continue reading

February 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Effective Executive, Peter Drucker

 This is a very helpful book for seeing how you can best fulfill your job, and make the most valuable contributions to your company. While we may think of the … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

My Early Life, Winton Churchill

  This autobiography of Winston Churchill’s early life, until he was almost 30, is a very enjoyable read, and gives a lot of insight into his way of thinking and … Continue reading

January 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Hedgehog and the Fox, Isaiah Berlin

This a fascinating essay by Isaiah Berlin, on the topic of “Tolstoy’s View of History”. The unusual title comes from a saying of the Greek poet Archilochus: “The fox knows … Continue reading

December 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Geography of Genius, Eric Weiner

In this book, Weiner explores what it was that made certain times and places in history home to out-pourings of genius. Starting with ancient Athens, then moving on through places including … Continue reading

July 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

What the dog saw, Malcolm Gladwell

This book is a collection of articles that Malcolm Gladwell wrote and published in the New Yorker magazine. They cover a broad range of topics including why Heinz is so … Continue reading

June 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

On China, Henry Kissinger

This book gives a fascinating insight into China, and particularly its views on foreign policy, through the eyes of Henry Kissinger. The book starts with a brief history of China, … Continue reading

May 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Moneyball, Michael Lewis

This is a book about baseball, and in particular how the common ways of judging players, at least at the time of writing, were giving the wrong signals to managers … Continue reading

May 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Inside Out

Note that this contains spoilers The premise of this film is that each emotion inside a person’s head is represented by a character, and these characters work together, or not, … Continue reading

May 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Catholic Church and Conversion, G.K. Chesterton

In this short book, Chesterton writes on the topic of conversion to Catholicism, both from his own experience and of prejudices he perceives others hold against Catholicism. He starts out … Continue reading

May 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Reading Backwards, Richard Hays

This is a short book with the aim of encouraging us to see how the four Gospels are filled with Old Testament references and allusions, and how in our reading … Continue reading

May 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton

In this novel, set in 1680’s Amsterdam we follow Nella, an 18 year-old from a previously wealthy family, now given in marriage to a successful merchant twice her age. At … Continue reading

May 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Road, Cormac McCarthy

This is the first book I’ve read by Cormac McCarthy so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The writing style in this novel is very brief: short sentences, conversations of few words, … Continue reading

April 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Reformation, Diarmaid MacCulloch

This book gives us a very detailed account of the Reformation, across the period 1490 to 1700. MacCulloch presents a thorough description of events and people relating to the Reformation … Continue reading

April 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Spice of Life, GK Chesterton

This book is a collection of essays by GK Chesterton, with topics ranging across literature, anecdotes from his travels and religion. The essays on literature cover both writing, in “How … Continue reading

April 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

A week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, Henry Thoreau

This book written was written by Henry Thoreau as a memorial to his brother John. They had shared a week-long trip along the Concord and Merrimack rivers in New England, and … Continue reading

April 12, 2016 · Leave a comment
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