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Michael de Percy
Senior Lecturer in Political Science
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Book Notes: "Eclogues" and "Georgics" by Virgil
Eclogues and Georgics by Virgil My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book of pastoral poems is a classic, and therefore difficult to dismiss off-handedly. What I found interesting were other reviews on Goodreads. One stated: "I have hardly any clue what I actually ...

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Book Notes: "Mrs Dalloway" by Virginia Woolf
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the first Virginia Woolf novel I have read, but I have read her work before, specifically A Room of One's Own , where Ms Woolf writes about writing and feminism, and I found this interesting, ev...

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How Robert Nozick put a purple prose bomb under analytical philosophy
Libertarians are a quarrelsome lot. Debates about who is the better von, Hayek or Mises, rivalries between the Austrian and the Chicago schools of economics, and fights among Ayn Rand’s objectivists and Murray Rothbard’s Circle Bastiat – schisms that would ...

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"Into the Wild" but not Out of the Misery, or: First World Problems are simply history repeating...
The old Fairbanks City bus on The Stampede trail, Alaska, where Christopher McCandless starved to death in 1992. A recent email from The Atlantic  explains how, in 1857,  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow , Ralph Waldo Emerson , and James Russell Lowell sat down f...

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Book Notes: "How to be Idle" by Tom Hodgkinson
How to be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book was useful in that it points to historical authors and works and it is reasonably well-referenced and includes some historical texts in an appendix. I enjoyed reading the book and had a good...

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Book Notes: "Symposium/Phaedrus" by Plato
Symposium/Phaedrus by Plato My rating: 5 of 5 stars Reading ancient classics in their entirety is an interesting exercise. Not reading them from start to finish, and instead gaining one's classical education purely from secondary sources, is a sure way to r...

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Book Notes: "O Pioneers!" by Willa Cather
O Pioneers! by Willa Cather My rating: 5 of 5 stars So far, every one of the Penguin Pocket Classics is worthy of five stars. These are, after all, classics, and as such, one would expect their rating to be nothing less than the best. But what makes a class...

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Book Notes: "The House of Ulloa" by Emilia Pardo Bazán
The House of Ulloa by Emilia Pardo Bazán My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book was hard to put down. Unlike Charlotte Brontë and Mary Shelley (even though I admire their work); not to mention era, translation, and social-construction-of-gender issues, Bazán wri...

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Book Notes: "An Awkward Truth: The Bombing of Darwin, February 1942" by Peter Grose
An Awkward Truth: The Bombing of Darwin, February 1942 by Peter Grose My rating: 2 of 5 stars When I went to Canberra recently, and knew I would have a few hours of waiting, I absent-mindedly left my current book sitting on the table at home. It was after...
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