Deborah Harkness “A Discovery of Witches” – book review

I had such mixed feelings about A Discovery of Witches. I really enjoyed the first half of it – it was Oxford, Twilight, and bits of Harry Potter combined. The heroine is an academic specializing in 17th-century alchemy. The main premise of the book is the worry of many an academic working in the Bodleian – Diane calls up a manuscript by accident, which turns … Continue reading Deborah Harkness “A Discovery of Witches” – book review

Ryszard Kapuściński “Travels with Herodotus” (Podróże z Herodotem) – a short book essay

I wouldn’t have it in my heart to say that I could write any semblance of an impartial review of Kapuściński’s Travels with Herodotus. Here’s why: the book is wired into my very nervous system. If you’re seeking a somewhat less biased introduction to the book, by all means, have a look at the reviews : here are links to The Guardian and The New … Continue reading Ryszard Kapuściński “Travels with Herodotus” (Podróże z Herodotem) – a short book essay

The Social Media Influencer, The Minimalist and the Sustainability Lover: or three religions of the West

Before you tune out, I should probably clarify that these attitudes have absolutely NOTHING to do with religion. Well, at least theoretically…   The Social Media Influencer The Influencer believes that existence is absolutely impossible without being shared. Hence the constant presence of the mobile phone in their right hand. Social Media Influence is a demanding religious belief requiring photo and video sacrifices every few … Continue reading The Social Media Influencer, The Minimalist and the Sustainability Lover: or three religions of the West

Henry James’s “What Maisie Knew” – book review

“Poor little monkey!” (…) the words were an epitaph for the tomb of Maisie’s childhood. She was abandoned to her fate. What was clear to any spectator was that the only link binding her to either parent was this lamentable fact of her being a ready vessel of bitterness, a deep little porcelain cup in which biting acids could be mixed. They had wanted her … Continue reading Henry James’s “What Maisie Knew” – book review