Friday, August 31, 2018

Reading Rat - August 2018

Articles, essays, reviews

Hemingway Story From 1956 Published for First Time, by Hillel Italie, Associated Press

What is 5G, when is it coming and why do we need it?, by Max Langridge and Dan Grabham

The Hedonism of Reading Good Books: It's a pleasure that infuses life with richness and it's available for the price of a library card, by E.J. Hutchinson

Literary umami, by Eri Hotta, review of Sōseki: Modern Japan’s greatest novelist, by John Nathan

10 Travel Writers, 10 Favorite Hotels

Legislative Council Study Committee on the Investment and Use of the School Trust Funds, WisconsinEye audio/video

Breaking News, cartoon by Ella Baron

Modern family by Stephen Marche, "on the return of the incest aesthetic in culture"

An Evolutionary Theory for the Variability Hypothesis, by Theodore P. Hill (via Steven Hayward at PowerLine)

Bibliomania! College students go head-to-head in a competition for the best undergraduate book collection, by Susie Allen

Technical Appendix, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty

The World Inequality Database (via Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty)

The Great Divergence, by Timothy Noah

Book discussions

Great Books Roundtable Discussions, Special Collections Department, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries: September 26, Desiderius Erasmus, "A Pilgrimage for the Sake of Religion" (1525)

Book sales

Franklin - Wisconsin - search U.S. and Canada - at Book Sale Finder, note sale at Franklin Public Library August 23-26, 2018

Publishers

New and Forthcoming at Paul Dry Books

Author appearances, lectures, conferences

Upcoming events at Barnes and Noble, Greenfield

Upcoming events at Boswell Books, Milwaukee

Author appearances at Milwaukee Public Library locations

Open Future Festival: Remake the case for freedom, rights and progress, The Economist, September 15, 2018, New York

Front Porch Republic Annual Conference, "1968 Fifty Years Later: A Re-Evaluation", September 22, 2018, at Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, Michigan.

Catholic Answers Conference, "Faith and Science", September 27-30, 2018, San Diego, California.

Pope Francis Symposium, "Discovering Pope Francis: Theological, Philosophical, Cultural and Spiritual Perspectives", October 8-11, 2018, Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, Franklin, Wisconsin.

Economics and the Human Person, First Things Intellectual Retreat, Philadelphia, October 12-13, 2018

Wisconsin Library Association Conference, October 23-26, 2018 at the Radisson La Crosse and La Crosse Convention Center, 200 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse, WI 54601.

Thomas More’s Epigrams and Humanist Letters, 500 Years Later: A Reassessment, November 2-3, 2018, The Center for Thomas More Studies, University of Dallas

Society for U.S. Intellectual History Conference, "Intellectual Sensibilities", November 8-11, 2018, Warwick Allerton Hotel, Chicago, Illinois.

AHA Annual Meeting, "Loyalties", American Historical Association, January 3-6, 2019, Chicago

MLA Annual Convention, "Textual Transactions", Modern Language Association, January 3-6, 2019, Chicago

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Reading Rat - July 2018

Articles, essays, reviews

Holy Apostles Recent Publications and More, by John Gist, The Dead Philosophers Society

On Memory, Hope & Cultural Renewal: Inaugural Florovsky Lecture, by Erin Doom, Eighth Day Institute

What Madison Wrought, by Kevin Gutzman, The Weekly Standard

Lovers of Wisdom, by Jim Holt, review of Lives of the Eminent Philosophers, by Diogenes Laertius, translated from the Greek by Pamela Mensch, edited by James Miller

No coward soul was hers, review essay by Jacqueline Banerjee "on the lives and afterlives of Emily Brontë"

Five Pitfalls of Putting Robert’s Rules of Order in Your Non-Profit’s Bylaws, by Norah L. Jones, Jodi P. Patt, and Jacob L. Zerkle, Chicago, Quarles & Brady LLP

Book sales

Hunger book sale, August 3-7, 2018, All Saints Cathedral, 816 East Juneau Avenue, Milwaukee

Franklin - Wisconsin - search U.S. and Canada - at Book Sale Finder, note sale at Franklin Public Library August 23-26, 2018

Publishers

New and Forthcoming at Paul Dry Books

Author appearances, lectures, conferences

Upcoming events at Barnes and Noble, Greenfield

Upcoming events at Boswell Books, Milwaukee

Author appearances at Milwaukee Public Library locations

The Life of the Mind, First Things 2018 Intellectual Retreat, New York City, August 10-12, 2018

Catholic Answers Conference, "Faith and Science", September 27-30, 2018, San Diego, California.

Front Porch Republic Annual Conference, "1968 Fifty Years Later: A Re-Evaluation", September 22, 2018, at Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, Michigan.

Pope Francis Symposium, "Discovering Pope Francis: Theological, Philosophical, Cultural and Spiritual Perspectives", October 8-11, 2018, Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, Franklin, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Library Association Conference, October 23-26, 2018 at the Radisson La Crosse and La Crosse Convention Center, 200 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse, WI 54601.

Thomas More’s Epigrams and Humanist Letters, 500 Years Later: A Reassessment, November 2-3, 2018, The Center for Thomas More Studies, University of Dallas

Society for U.S. Intellectual History Conference, "Intellectual Sensibilities", November 8-11, 2018, Warwick Allerton Hotel, Chicago, Illinois.

AHA Annual Meeting, "Loyalties", American Historical Association, January 3-6, 2019, Chicago

MLA Annual Convention, "Textual Transactions", Modern Language Association, January 3-6, 2019, Chicago

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Turning Catholics Into A Stiff-Kneed People

A View from Way Down in the Pew column by J. A. Gray, Deputy Editor, at the New Oxford Review, July 1999.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Reading Rat - June 2018

Articles, essays, reviews

A story of survival: New York’s last remaining independent bookshops, by Hermione Hoby. "With small traders struggling to stay afloat, writer Philippe Ungar and photographer Franck Bohbot travelled across the Big Apple to meet 50 indie booksellers in their habitats"

The New Europeans, by Christopher de Bellaigue, review of: La Fracture [The Fracture], by Gilles Kepel; Al-Britannia, My Country: A Journey Through Muslim Britain, by James Fergusson; and Europe’s Angry Muslims: The Revolt of the Second Generation, by Robert S. Leiken

Like ice in children’s hands, by Alberto Manguel, review of In Search of Lost Books: The forgotten stories of eight mythical volumes, by Giorgio van Straten, translated by Simon Carnel and Erica Segre

How to read a PDF on your Kindle, by Séamus Bellamy and Rick Broida

The New Art of Reviewing Books, by Benjamin Scott Wright, The Editing Lawyer

Founding philosophy, by Michael Anton, review of The Political Theory of the American Founding, by Thomas G. West

Book sales

Hunger book sale, August 3-7, 2018, All Saints Cathedral, 816 East Juneau Avenue, Milwaukee

Franklin - Wisconsin - search U.S. and Canada - at Book Sale Finder, note sale at Franklin Public Library August 23-26, 2018

Publishers

New and Forthcoming at Paul Dry Books

Author appearances, lectures, conferences

Upcoming events at Barnes and Noble, Greenfield

Upcoming events at Boswell Books, Milwaukee

Author appearances at Milwaukee Public Library locations

Eight Day Institute: Florovsky Week, "The Reformation: An Ecumenical Retrospective", July 10-14, 2018, at Newman University and St George Orthodox Christian Cathedral, Wichita, Kansas.

Aquinas Leadership International World Congress, "Artificial Intelligence and the Futures of Philosophy,Global Leadership, and World Peace", July 20-22, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, New York.

The Life of the Mind, First Things 2018 Intellectual Retreat, New York City, August 10-12, 2018

Catholic Answers Conference, "Faith and Science", September 27-30, 2018, San Diego, California.

Front Porch Republic Annual Conference, "1968 Fifty Years Later: A Re-Evaluation", September 22, 2018, at Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, Michigan.

Pope Francis Symposium, "Discovering Pope Francis: Theological, Philosophical, Cultural and Spiritual Perspectives", October 8-11, 2018, Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, Franklin, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Library Association Conference, October 23-26, 2018 at the Radisson La Crosse and La Crosse Convention Center, 200 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse, WI 54601.

Thomas More’s Epigrams and Humanist Letters, 500 Years Later: A Reassessment, November 2-3, 2018, The Center for Thomas More Studies, University of Dallas

Society for U.S. Intellectual History Conference, "Intellectual Sensibilities", November 8-11, 2018, Warwick Allerton Hotel, Chicago, Illinois.

AHA Annual Meeting, "Loyalties", American Historical Association, January 3-6, 2019, Chicago

MLA Annual Convention, "Textual Transactions", Modern Language Association, January 3-6, 2019, Chicago

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Reading Rat - May 2018

Articles, essays, reviews

Missing the Point, by Paul A. Rahe, review of Madison’s Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention, by Mary Sarah Bilder

Is Neruda still worth reading today? by Ben Bollig, "on the ‘good and the not so good’ in the poet", review of Venture of the Infinite Man, by Pablo Neruda, translated by Jessica Powell, and, Then Come Back: The lost Neruda poems, translated by Forrest Gander

Counting the Butterflies, by Michael Wood, review of Insomniac Dreams: Experiments with Time, by Vladimir Nabokov compiled, edited, and with commentaries, by Gennady Barabtarlo

85 books for summer reading, by Jim Higgins

The Last Days of Time Inc., by Sridhar Pappu and Jay Stowe. "An oral history of how the pre-eminent media organization of the 20th century ended up on the scrap heap."

Instantly create and share a bibliography with ZoteroBib - Even in Bluebook, by Bonnie Shucha

Speaking out of the silence. "The TLS asked a selection of this year’s Hay Festival speakers to share significant memories and thoughts relating to libraries, private and public. Together, these offer a composite portrait of what libraries have been, are and might yet become ..."

Book sales

Franklin - Wisconsin - search U.S. and Canada - at Book Sale Finder, note sale at Franklin Public Library August 23-26, 2018

Publishers

New and Forthcoming at Paul Dry Books

Author appearances, lectures, conferences

Upcoming events at Barnes and Noble, Greenfield

Upcoming events at Boswell Books, Milwaukee

Author appearances at Milwaukee Public Library locations

Academy of Philosophy and Letters Conference, "Populism and the Failure of Elites", June 1-3, 2018, at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, College Park, Maryland.

Seminar on Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition, June 25-27, 2018, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Eight Day Institute: Florovsky Week, "The Reformation: An Ecumenical Retrospective", July 10-14, 2018, at Newman University and St George Orthodox Christian Cathedral, Wichita, Kansas.

Aquinas Leadership International World Congress, "Artificial Intelligence and the Futures of Philosophy,Global Leadership, and World Peace", July 20-22, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, New York.

Catholic Answers Conference, "Faith and Science", September 27-30, 2018, San Diego, California.

Front Porch Republic Annual Conference, "1968 Fifty Years Later: A Re-Evaluation", September 22, 2018, at Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, Michigan.

Pope Francis Symposium, "Discovering Pope Francis: Theological, Philosophical, Cultural and Spiritual Perspectives", October 8-11, 2018, Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, Franklin, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Library Association Conference, October 23-26, 2018 at the Radisson La Crosse and La Crosse Convention Center, 200 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse, WI 54601.

Thomas More’s Epigrams and Humanist Letters, 500 Years Later: A Reassessment, November 2-3, 2018, The Center for Thomas More Studies, University of Dallas

Society for U.S. Intellectual History Conference, "Intellectual Sensibilities", November 8-11, 2018, Warwick Allerton Hotel, Chicago, Illinois.

AHA Annual Meeting, "Loyalties", American Historical Association, January 3-6, 2019, Chicago

MLA Annual Convention, "Textual Transactions", Modern Language Association, January 3-6, 2019, Chicago

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Why Augustinian Apologetics and Logical Dialectic Are Not Enough to Defend the Reasonableness of the Christian Faith in an Increasingly-Fragmented World

At the International Étienne Gilson Society, the latest issue of Studia Gilsoniana includes this article by Peter A. Redpath.

SUMMARY
"From close to its inception, St. Augustine’s misunderstanding of the nature of ancient Greek philosophy, 'Christian philosophy,' and the way the human soul essentially relates to human body caused formal Christian education to be (a) born in a somewhat unhealthy condition, (b) founded upon a devastating mistake of organizational selfmisunderstanding, which essentially prevented it from comprehending how human reason could function both abstractly as a contemplative (or speculative) scientific intellect and concretely as a command and control prudential reason. This flaw in Augustinian psychology of the human person and Augustine’s misunderstanding of the nature of ancient Greek philosophy continued to influence Christian education from the start of the Christian West until the Christian and secular universities of today. For contemporary Christian education to preserve its identity in an increasingly fragmented world, a psychology of the human person adequate to explain the essential connection between the human soul and body and the nature of philosophy must replace this flawed Augustinian psychology that continues to plague the contemporary world."

Monday, April 30, 2018

Reading Rat - April 2018

Articles, Essays, Reviews of interest

Cripes, a bumbershoot!, by Lionel Shriver, "on the love–hate relationship between American and British English"

Still reading something you started months ago? You’ve got ‘book-block’ "Many voracious readers get bogged down trying to finish the same book for an interminable length of time. Maybe it’s time to give up?"

Afflicting the comfortable by Martin Rowson, "on the function and future of political cartoons"

Author appearances, lectures, conferences

The Society for Law and Culture Gathering, May 19, 2018, The Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, Mecosta, Michigan.

Academy of Philosophy and Letters Conference, "Populism and the Failure of Elites", June 1-3, 2018, at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, College Park, Maryland.

Seminar on Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition, "Principles, Cosmology, and First Philosophy in Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition", June 25-27, 2018, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Eight Day Institute: Florovsky Week, "The Reformation: An Ecumenical Retrospective", July 10-14, 2018, at Newman University and St George Orthodox Christian Cathedral, Wichita, Kansas.

Aquinas Leadership International World Congress, "Artificial Intelligence and the Futures of Philosophy,Global Leadership, and World Peace", July 20-22, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, New York.

Catholic Answers Conference, "Faith and Science", September 27-30, 2018, San Diego, California.

Front Porch Republic Annual Conference, "1968 Fifty Years Later: A Re-Evaluation", September 22, 2018, at Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, Michigan.

Wisconsin Library Association Conference, October 23-26, 2018 at the Radisson La Crosse and La Crosse Convention Center, 200 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse, WI 54601.

Society for U.S. Intellectual History Conference, "Intellectual Sensibilities", November 8-11, 2018, Warwick Allerton Hotel, Chicago, Illinois.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

How to increase your chances of surviving a nuclear blast

The Economist reported last week that, if you are close in relative to the size of the explosion, nothing will help. But further away,

"An explosion would generate a fireball of light many times brighter than the sun. Do not look at it or you may go partially blind. Instead, do as the cold-war safety film featuring Bert the Turtle advised: duck and cover. Lie down, ideally underneath something. This is to prevent serious burns from a thermal pulse, or heatwave, lasting several seconds that will sear through the area, setting off fires. It is also to avoid shattered glass and flying debris as a blast wave, with hurricane-strength winds, follows.

"The energy from the fireball would draw a column of dust and debris three miles into the atmosphere for over ten minutes; its top will flatten into the cap of the mushroom cloud. During that time, blast survivors need to find shelter. Radioactive fallout—highly contaminated debris that settles on surfaces—follows. It is most lethal just after the blast. ..."
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Monday, January 15, 2018

Build. Burn. Repeat?

'The historic devastation wrought by wildfires in 2017 offers a strong case for a new approach to creating wildfire-resistant communities. Experts say we could create those communities today. If that's true, then why is it so hard to get it done?'

Jesse Roman reports at NFPA Journal,

"'I believe, and I think most professionals in the field believe, that we could build ignition-resistant communities today where people wouldn’t even have to leave their homes during a wildfire—the wildfire could pass right through the neighborhood, and not affect any of the structures,' said Gary Marshall, the former longtime fire marshal in Bend, Oregon, who also teaches wildfire home ignition courses for NFPA [National Fire Prevention Association]. 'We hear all the time that this wildfire problem is just a forest health problem, but it’s not. It’s a structure problem.

"Jack Cohen, one of the nation’s preeminent experts in wildfire structure ignition, spent 40 years as a researcher with the U.S. Forest Service studying the various ways that wildfires can cause homes to catch fire. In the vast majority of cases, he says, houses are ignited not through direct contact with the wildfire itself, but by embers blown in from the fire front. Through housing design and construction material choices—metal roofs, screens over gutters, gravel instead of mulch landings, decks made of composite materials rather than wood—homes can be sufficiently hardened to prevent firebrands from setting them ablaze. Keeping the space 100 feet around the home clear of things like dry brush, tall grass, and wooden fences can cut off other paths the fire can take to reach the house. Combined, these methods have demonstrated, in dozens of experiments, the ability to dramatically reduce the likelihood of home ignition, Cohen said. And they are all steps that local governments can mandate through codes and ordinances during the building permitting process."

Monday, January 1, 2018

Tony Schwartz shocked

Maya Oppenheim reported at The Independent, August 18, 2017.

"The co-author of Donald Trump’s memoir The Art of the Deal has predicted the US President is going to resign by autumn if not sooner.

"Tony Schwartz, who claims to have ghostwritten the 1987 best-selling business book, argued Mr Trump is on the brink of stepping down and said he would be shocked if his presidency lasts until the end of the year. ..."

11 Predictions for 2017 Politics

Steven Walters, senior producer for the nonprofit public affairs channel WisconsinEye, at Urban Milwaukee.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Reading Rat - December 2017

Articles, Essays, Reviews

Why CBC cancelled a BBC documentary that activists claimed was ‘transphobic': The BBC faced similar calls to edit or cancel the documentary, but concluded that the film was balanced, by Tristin Hopper (via Marquette Warrior)

Milwaukee Journal and Sentinel newspaper archives are back on the Web, by Craig Nickels
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 1995-2007
- The Milwaukee Journal 1884-1995
- Milwaukee Sentinel 1910-1995

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Trump and the Future of American Democracy

Ross Douthat discusses with Mark Bauerlein and Sam Tanenhaus, at Hope College, video at Kirk on Campus.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Reading Rat - November 2017

Articles, Essays, Reviews

The Value of a Library, by Brian Kemple

Say goodbye to Google: 14 alternative search engines, by Christopher Ratcliff

Monday, November 13, 2017

The first troubled commute of Ted Stryker

On this date in 1957 the film Zero Hour! was released by Paramount Pictures. The film is most noteworthy for being the primary source for parody in the 1980 film Airplane!

Adam-Troy Castro explained in "The Two Troubled Commutes of Ted Stryker" at The Remake Chronicles.

See for yourself in D. M. Wood's "Side-by-side comparison" at YouTube.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

Stricter Immigration Laws Dept.

Spy vs. Spy, National Lampoon's Mad Magazine parody p. 10, at Easily Mused.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Pristine 1988 Cadillac to help raise money for St. Alphonsus Parish, Greendale

Jane Ford-Stewart for Now News Group at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

A small point, Father Wally came to our parish when old enough to be retired, had he so chosen, and served as an associate pastor, not pastor.