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Yearly Archives: 2016

Meet the New Spy, Same as the Old Spy

Meet the New Spy, Same as the Old Spy

Some say espionage is the world’s second oldest profession (I’ll let you guess the first).  Nonetheless, a loudening chorus in Western intelligence circles have questioned the need for old-fashioned spycraft… Read more »

A Second Look at our Second President

A Second Look at our Second President

John Adams is, in short, excellent. David McCullough’s tome is both a well-crafted narrative and a rich, historical account. In many ways, John Adams is a biography of the man… Read more »

The Elegantly Cultural

The Elegantly Cultural

6 cans of a noseable hipster-preferred craft lager, like Keystone Light (in the white can, of course) 6 glasses worth of competition-quality Italian Pinot Noir, preferably a Franzia Chillable Red… Read more »

The Dark Side of Bond

The Dark Side of Bond

I read this book on a whim months after seeing and being satisfied with the movie Spectre. I was on a James Bond kick at that point, even buying the… Read more »

The Man in the High Castle… The Grasshopper Lies Heavy

The Man in the High Castle… The Grasshopper Lies Heavy

As the opening credits flash across the screen, The Man in the High Castle seems to be real. This historical drama, based on the Philip K. Dick book of the… Read more »

Back Home in Maycomb

Back Home in Maycomb

Harper Lee’s recently published novel Go Set A Watchman has questionable origins. Whether it is the first rough draft of the classic novel To Kill a Mocking Bird or an… Read more »

Growing the Land of Cotton

Growing the Land of Cotton

After the American colonies heeded Benjamin Franklin’s advice to “join” rather than to “die,” the political bonds that tied our great nation together loosened, frayed and eventually broke. Most educated… Read more »

The Conservative Plan to Win

The Conservative Plan to Win

As the year of Donald J. Trump segues into 2016, one presidential contender has hitched himself onto the Trump train with great success: Ted Cruz. While Trump has dominated headlines… Read more »

The Gospel of Trump

The Gospel of Trump

It has been said that Donald J. Trump has constipation of the brain and diarrhea of the mouth. His verbose and rambling speeches more often than not extend past the… Read more »

‘Nam and the Animal House

‘Nam and the Animal House

In what was undoubtedly the most influential game of their lives, the Dartmouth hockey team could barely keep their eyes on the puck. The game would be played, but their… Read more »