Rescuing History | I wish I had a dollar | Mexico and the border wall

Yes, I wish I had a dollar for every time I've had to listen to reports of the angry debate in the USA over the border wall. What you never hear in those arguments is the voice of Mexico. When I was teaching English in Mexico City in 1969, the school put me in charge … Continue reading Rescuing History | I wish I had a dollar | Mexico and the border wall

Rescuing the Future | Tony Judt | J. M. Keynes | Ill Fares the Land

Change "nineteenth century" to "twenty-first century" and the following quote might have been written yesterday: Instead of using their vastly increased material and technical resources to build a wonder city, the men of the nineteenth century built slums ..... [which] on the test of private enterprise, 'paid', whereas the wonder city would, they thought, have … Continue reading Rescuing the Future | Tony Judt | J. M. Keynes | Ill Fares the Land

Homo Selfish|C. J. Meyer and A World Undone

Throughout my life I've been mildly sceptical of this almost universal belief that Homo sapiens is a true social animal. Even primitive humans are always depicted as living in tribes, not in small families or alone. But there is a lot of evidence to the contrary. Sometimes where you don't expect it. For example, recently … Continue reading Homo Selfish|C. J. Meyer and A World Undone

Rescuing History | Reading ‘The People v. Lee Harvey Oswald’

More about the most famous, or infamous, loner of the twentieth century. This week I finally finished reading the 651 pages of The People v. Lee Harvey Oswald, by Walt Brown. A one-time FBI agent who went back to school to become a history professor, Brown says that since he was a boy he what … Continue reading Rescuing History | Reading ‘The People v. Lee Harvey Oswald’

Morning Mashup |What is all the Talking about?

One morning I was drinking coffee in McDonalds and reading/writing while, courtesy of McDonalds, I involuntarily listened to Nicole, Ryan, etc on the Sirius Satellite radio 'Morning Mashup'. The aim of all their talk, as far as I could tell, seemed to be just to keep talking, with the ultimate goal being those raucous moments … Continue reading Morning Mashup |What is all the Talking about?

Rescuing Lee Harvey Oswald | Finding ‘The People v. Lee Harvey Oswald’

One day I did a search for novels in which Lee Harvey Oswald is a character, and, among others, I turned up, The People v. Lee Harvey Oswald, by Walt Brown. Walt Brown is interesting. A one-time FBI agent who went back to school to become a history professor, he says his life-long ambition, since … Continue reading Rescuing Lee Harvey Oswald | Finding ‘The People v. Lee Harvey Oswald’