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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »

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All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice by Robert Jensen
All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice

BobboMax, July 16, 2013

I'm on page 17 & already I'm looking for a couple of copies to lend to friends. Jensen's basic message is, "Hey, folks, we're in several crises- moral, financial, political, especially ecological- and we need to do something about it!" He's already pointed out that fundamentalists- secular & religious- are far too sure their opinions are facts, enthusiastically endorsed by the universe. He points out that too many moderates have no faith in their positions, if they have any. His message to fundamentalists is "Grow up!" His message to moderates is "Buck up!" (or perhaps, "Man up!" or "Lean in!" in modern lingo.) I'm really looking forward to the next 176 pages. So are my friends- they just don't know it yet.
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The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion (Vintage) by Jonathan Haidt
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion (Vintage)

BobboMax, January 30, 2013

Great book- difficult to read because it's so full of ideas and new thoughts. Haidt attempts, fairly convincingly, to explain the gap the thinking and emotions of conservatives and liberals, so that liberals can feel more comfortable and less disdainful with conservatives. (I don't think the book is really written for conservatives...) You may remember the book What's Wrong with Kansas? Haidt explains why Kansas is the way it is, without making a judgement as to whether that's right or wrong, since he's well aware that conclusion rests on your world view, not some set of "objective" facts.

And I have to recommend that you buy it, from Powell's of course, because by the time you finish reading and understanding it, the library will be hounding you to return it so someone else can read it. Trust me, I know.
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