Category Archives: books

Lone Star Book Festival, Houston, et moi

Just one more notice that I’ll be appearing at the Lone Star Book Festival in Houston on April 9; the time and venue (John Pickelman Student Conference Center; SCC) are below, and you can get more information here.  I’ll be having a conversation about Faith Versus Fact with Dan Barker, who has his own new book, and we’ll […]

Parade Magazine publishes uncritical article about (goddy) miracle cures

Reader Leon alerted me to a Parade Magazine article in the online Denver Post, “Do you believe in miracles?” (The answer, by the way, is “You SHOULD!”) Parade is the nation’s most widely-circulated magazine (32 million), as it appears each Sunday in over 700 U.S. newspapers. Because of its reach, Carl Sagan used to write for Parade, and […]

Book talk: Houston, April

I love going to Texas. What’s not to like about good BBQ, good scenery, friendly people (I avoid the Republicans), and cowboy boots as an everyday item of clothing? I’ll be in Houston April 9-10 as a “keynote speaker” at the Lone Star Book Fair (see more here), discussing Faith versus Fact with Dan Barker, who’s supposed to […]

French Google commemorates a void and its writer

by Matthew Cobb Click on the image above to refresh it and see the disappearing “e”.  Today’s Google Doodle – in France anyway – marks the 80th anniversary of the birth of Georges Perec (1936-1982). Here he is with a lovely cat. Perec was a well-known French author who wrote in a very playful style […]

Time Magazine thought Evelyn Waugh was a woman

This kerfuffle is a sign of the times—or rather of Time Magazine. In a post on February 25, Time gave a list of 100 female authors—their phrase; don’t go after me for not saying “women authors”—read most often in U.S. colleges. (Time‘s list was apparently culled from the list of the Open Syllabus Project.) Kate Turabian and Diana Hacker, who […]

Big kerfuffle on Amazon over the Book of Mormon

Talk about bimodality of opinion! I thought I had it for Faith versus Fact, but if you go over to Amazon and look at the reviews for the Book of Mormon edition published in 1981, you see this: That’s right: 631 reviews, with 96% being either five-star or 1-star—the lowest possible ranking. Clearly something strange is going on […]

Russian produces world’s smallest book—and other tiny stuff

It’s 70 X 90 microns (a micron is one millionth of a meter), or 0.07 X 0.09 millimeters, which means that you could fit over 100 of these side by side in a single centimeter, or almost three hundred of the books in a single inch.  As Wednesday’s Guardian reports, a Russian man, Vladimir Aniskin, who works at […]

Monday children’s literature

Reader Dom works at a library and thus comes across all manner of interesting literature. This story, “The Cat and the Mouse”, comes from a 1912 book, A Second Reader for Deaf Children. Click to enlarge, and be sure to look at the pictures (especially the last one), and read the story (especially the last […]

Harper Lee dies at 89

Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), passed away this morning at age 89, apparently dying in her sleep. She’d not been well for a while, with some even claiming that she wasn’t compos mentis enough to approve the recent publication of Go Set A Watchman, the first draft of Mockingbird, which appeared last year to […]

My review of Matt Ridley’s new book, “The Evolution of Everything”

Matt Ridley is not only a businessman and a banker (or was—he headed Northern Rock before it went bust in 2007), but also a Viscount with huge landholdings, a member of the House of Lords and, to top it off, holder of a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from Oxford (I believe he was Richard Dawkins’s […]


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