Television Show Review: The Man in the High Castle: Season 2

The Man in the High Castle Season 2

The Man in the High Castle: Season 2 created by Frank Spotnitz (Amazon Studios, Big Light Productions, Electric Shepherd Productions) Starring Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank, DJ Qualls, Joel de la Fuente, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and Rufus Sewell. Wake Up I had planned to write an in-depth review about the tenuous balance this show aims to achieve. It humanizes fascists while pointing out the brutal, sickening policies of the Third Reich. It also paints the resistance as terrorists similar in tactics to present-day Jihadists. But, I don’t feel like talking about that stuff today. “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched… Read More →

Book Review: Moral Man & Immoral Society

Moral Man and Immoral Society by Reinhold Niebuhr

Moral Man & Immoral Society: A Study in Ethics and Politics by Reinhold Niebuhr (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001; originally published in 1932. 288 pp) Reinhold Niebuhr was a theologian, ethicist, and professor at Union Theological Seminary. Niebuhr attended Elmhurst College, Eden Theological Seminary, and Yale Divinity School. His views have influence countless leaders including Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, John McCain, and Madeleine Albright. In 1964, Niebuhr earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He died in 1971. Looking Back Review the 20th Century and you’ll find plenty to criticize. World wars. Genocide. Massive technological advances. For every slice of progress, it seems there’s an equal and opposite setback. Two steps forward. Two steps backward. With the benefit of hindsight,… Read More →

Book Review: The Prague Cemetery

The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco

The Prague Cemetery: A Novel by Umberto Eco; translated by Richard Dixon (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. 464 pp) Umberto Eco was born January 5, 1932 and is a Knight Grand Cross of the Italian Republic. He was the founder of the Dipartimento di Comunicazione at the University of San Marino, an Honorary Fellow of Kellogg College at the University of Oxford, and is best known for his novels The Name of the Rose and The Prague Cemetery. He was also President of the Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici at the University of Bologna, and a member of the Accademia dei Lincei. In addition to fiction, he has also written both academic texts on literary theory and children’s books…. Read More →

Book Review: Youth Without God

Youth Without God by Ödön von Horváth, translated by R. Wills Thomas (Brooklyn: Melville House Publishing, 2012; originally published in 1939. 224 pp) Ödön von Horváth was a playwright and novelist born to an Austro-Hungarian diplomat. He studied at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich and spent most of his career in Germany. When the Nazis came to power, Horváth moved to Vienna. He died in 1938 when a falling tree branch struck him. R. Wills Thomas’ (1908-1955) translations from French and German include Ödön von Horváth’s A Child of Our Time. Time Travel One of my favorite aspects of reading is the way it scoops you up and envelopes you in a new culture, setting, or era. I’m a white… Read More →