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If you saw the semi-autobiographical film “Almost Famous,” chances are you recall Philip Seymour Hoffman playing music critic Lester Bangs. There are a few reasons why you would remember it. For one, Hoffman is a recognizable actor in a movie … Continue reading
With a title like The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, you have to wonder what the book’s about. As it turns out, the real question is: What isn’t it about? Author David Mitchell’s work features a love triangle, a … Continue reading
The mid-1970s was not a great time for America. The country, which had just gone through Watergate, Vietnam, and the dissolution of the original Bretton-Woods system, faced widespread gas shortages, high inflation, rising unemployment, and geopolitical turbulence. There was a … Continue reading
The first thing you need to know about Prof. H.W. Brands’ The Money Men is that the author failed. In the prologue of this book, Brands connects the individual exploits of five great American financiers (Alexander Hamilton, Nicholas Biddle, Jay … Continue reading
When I was in college, I took a course on the Biblical Gospels as history. One of the things we learned about was the existence of dozens of “Gnostic” gospels — other accounts of Jesus’ life that wound up on … Continue reading