Wisdom from The Way Of Kings

[This post has spoilers for Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings] These are scary times we’re living in. COVID-19 has the world in its grasp, with thousands of more people contracting the disease every single day. Experts suggest maintaining “social distancing” and not leaving your house if not entirely necessary. With businesses shutting down, the economy… Continue reading Wisdom from The Way Of Kings

If you like Game of Thrones, you should read…

With Game of Thrones over and fans eagerly – and impatiently – awaiting the sixth A Song of Ice and Fire book The Winds of Winter, there are likely many people out there looking for something to read that will scratch that itch. (And – let me say – I know everyone has their own list like this, with a… Continue reading If you like Game of Thrones, you should read…

ARC Book Review; Decoding Dylan: Making Sense of the Songs that Changed Modern Culture

A few weeks ago, I was sent an advance review copy of Decoding Dylan: Making Sense of the Songs that Changed Modern Culture by Jim Curtis. New from McFarland Publishing, Jim M. Curtis’ new book Decoding Dylan: Making Sense of the Songs that Shaped Modern Culture gives us an expert look at the life and work… Continue reading ARC Book Review; Decoding Dylan: Making Sense of the Songs that Changed Modern Culture

PBS’ Great American Read: A Question Necessary to Ask But Impossible to Answer

How do we define “the best” anything? Should we only call something “the best” if it is everyone’s favorite? Or is it the best if scholars and experts say it is? There’s a classic rock station in the New York area that I really love – Q1043 – that has an annual countdown the week… Continue reading PBS’ Great American Read: A Question Necessary to Ask But Impossible to Answer

Do You Believe in Magic: Religion in the World of Harry Potter

There is one major facet of life we never truly see in the Magical world: Religion. The fundamental question regarding religions in the Wizarding World is this: if muggles use religion to explain the unexplained, how does a world of magic, that already goes beyond the laws of the natural world, regard things that are beyond explanation? Do they have any beliefs? Is there anything that would push beyond the bounds of the wizarding world? Do they regard Harry’s miraculous survival(s)?