A Green and Ancient Light

---Frederic S. Durbin, 2016 For conspirators, poetry lovers, threading together those that love the journey in solving their own mysteries... matching meanings to myth and monster. Faery tale and material weave together with ancient statues built out of a grieving, yet fruitful heart. Story inspired by Pier Francesco Orsini, Vicino, by building his sacro bosco... Continue Reading →


Debt, student

This will be a live, working document. Stay tuned for the continual fight against unawares student debt.   In an interview with Mr. Petersen, Camillia Paglia points out the craziness of debt. A quote at about 15 minutes (link below) she talks servitude and narratives. She says us students deserve this debt, we haven't done... Continue Reading →

That Hideous Strength

C.S. Lewis, 1945 The final to Lewis’ science fiction trilogy and it is the one I must try to write about. The books follow Dr. Ransom’s interplanetary travels with a rather unconventional twist about the explorer. Superb mind-bends and its distinct grasp of reality through the stories. How to even begin to describe… That Hideous... Continue Reading →

Niall Ferguson

I was first introduced to Niall Ferguson by his BBC Reith Lectures contribution 'Rule of Law and its Enemies' 2012, a 4-part series. I came across this when researching debt - exactly what it is. Mr. Ferguson talks big picture that speaks to the situation. He is one to question everything. Part 1: The Human... Continue Reading →

Antic Hay

Aldous Huxley, 1923 Marvelously empty novel. A book that leaves you with a nothingness, a meaninglessness. No character has much redemption about them. With this, it is hard to love the poetic monologues he weaves such as Gumbril’s speech to Emily '…meditatively, deliberately…' The reader knows the person at hand and their self-aware disillusionment. Huxley... Continue Reading →

Bitter Lemons

Lawrence Durrell, 1957. Travel literature based on the author's experience and circumstances giving unique angles of vision on Cyprus life and affairs. I was blown away by the unique language and weaving of events. I did not know at first this was based on Mr. Durrell’s real experience, nor did I realize he was shedding... Continue Reading →

The Waste Books

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg 1742-1799.  Translated and introduced by R.J. Hollingdale. Here are short notes to get hooked: Introduction 1. “waste books” term employed by English business house to designate the ledgers in which transactions of all kinds were entered as they occurred before being transferred to the more orderly and neatly written account books. Lichtenberg’s... Continue Reading →

The Fountainhead

Ayn Rand, 1943 This book depicts an unchanging egoist that met life’s obstacles with a strong sense of self-respect. The egoist, Roark, proclaims every aspect of his activity stems only from himself, the original source. Egoism by definition is an ethical theory that treats the pursuit of your own welfare and self-interest as the foundation... Continue Reading →

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