Shakers Lie

The Shakers were a religious sect who believed that favoritism in love was a bad thing. They believed that passion for a partner drained the proper passion one should have for God. Sorry, but I think they were nuts. Back at the beginning of the nineteenth century they were considered by most people to be…

Classics Club Review: The Count of Monte Cristo

Vengeance is sweet. Is it really? Personal admission: I’m too lazy to be vengeful. I get angry, feel slighted, plot revenge and then forget about the whole thing. Well, not quite forget … Granted I’ve never been wrongly accused of plotting against the government. I’ve never been sent to prison for years. And I’ve never…

Classics Club Review: War and Peace

The day after taking doxicyclene for Lyme disease and anaplasmosis this is the text conversation between my daughter and me: Me: I was feverish with a bizarre and pounding headache. Not normal. Felt really weird. Sweating profusely. And UNABLE TO STOP GOING OVER SCENES FROM WAR AND PEACE in my head. Daughter: Okay. That’s terrible…

Books I’ve Known And Loved

“One surviving letter suggests that the men engaged in seizing black civilians may have had no uniform attitude toward the kidnapping.” And here lies a great truth: people are complex. As much as we would like to think otherwise there are no super heroes–and villains while evil may only be slightly more blind to their…