Short Story—Moment of Vengeance, by Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard was an exceptional writer early in his career…a PDF of his tense Saturday Evening Post short story, Moment of Vengeance, published April 19, 1956, can be found here. Unfortunately, the ending was cut off; but it can be found here and below:

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Cosmos Vs. Chaos: Entropic Thoughts for A New Year

Found at Books, INQ—The Epilogue, is this brief piece, Cosmos Vs. Chaos: Entropic Thoughts For A New Year, from NPR.

They are thoughts worth exploring.

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10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Technology

Learning to be a low-level computer geek—even at this advanced age—I found this New York Times article to be instructive. My first significant move in this area in 2010 was to switch from Windows based PCs to all Mac equipment. I doubt that I’ll ever go back.

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Book Review—High Water

I decided to find, then read High Water (1954), by Richard Bissell because an author I admire, Elmore Leonard said this about Bissell: “When I decided to become a writer, Hemingway was my model, his spare prose and realistic dialogue. But he had no sense of humor and I discovered Richard Bissell who did.” Leonard then listed High Water as one of his ten favorite books. I just had to read it.

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Top 10 Travel Novels

Found here, with the full text below. I am pleased that numbers 8, 2, and 1 are on the list because I read them and liked all three.  I reviewed number 1 here. And I read another of Donald Miller‘s books, Blue Like Jazz but not the one listed at number 10. But isn’t Peter Matthiessen’s, The Snow Leopard (1978) missing? Or is it considered a non-fiction nature book rather than a travel novel? Continue reading

Interview with Eric Metaxas, Author of Tome on Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I recently read the lengthy biography, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas, and while I wanted to do a review, the task is simply too daunting. I loved the book; and the parallels to our current times are apparent. The excellent Harpers interview (via Fred Lapides) helps explain. When discussing Bonhoeffer’s views on fundamentalism vs. progressivism, Metaxas offered: “He’s complicated, but in the best sense. He’s an equal opportunity theological critic.” I liked that.

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Classical Music and Passion

Here is a humorous video by orchestra conductor Benjamin Zander speaking about classical music and passion. It reminded me of Victor Borge, which shows my age, but it’s a remarkable piece. His last words about a women who survived Auschwitz are, to say the least, quite moving.

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What’s the real meaning of Christmas?

It depends on one’s perspective, which is what Mark Vernon shows on his blog, found via Frank Wilson.

Then there is this entertaining video found at Instapundit.

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Bishop Yvette Flunder Says, “I Don’t Know”

The linked video of Bishop Flunder‘s sermonette is pointed, and often quite humorous. She, and this video, are not without controversy. But it’s not the purpose of this post to focus on the possibility of a flawed theology—I thought her technique was skilled and she was funny, which is a good way to sell something, including religion. Watch her for the full effect and, if you’re inclined, see if you can think of a reasonable criticism.

As YouTube videos have a way of disappearing, I have added the transcript below:

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How to Write a Sentence

From the blog, So Many Books, is a review of a new book by Stanley Fish, How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One. A whole book about sentences…hmmm. I think I’ll get it.

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