book review

The first collection of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories published in 1850 included most of Poe’s notable literary pieces. The first complete collection of his works however, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, was published in 1902.  I am lucky enough to have a rare 1935 edition of Tales of Mystery and Imagination, which is illustrated with 8 color plates.

Book Review: The Soul of Wilson Pickett

Sep 4, 2017

Observing Wilson Pickett pinch a mini-skirted stranger leaning across a desk, a woman in the room uttered “you’re so wicked”; “the Wicked” Pickett would become a long-standing name as well as album title. No doubt the rhyming label aided longevity; learn of this and other useful trivia regarding the great soulful screamer in the newly released biography, In the Midnight Hour: The Life and Soul of Wilson Picket, written by Tony Fletcher.

Dr. Greer reviews Myth of the Strong Leader

Jul 11, 2017

Political scientist and historian Archie Brown, America’s Professor of Politics at Oxford, a man who’s examined politics and political leadership worldwide for more than four decades, and the author of the best selling book The Rise and Fall of Communism, has written a new book, “The Myth of The Strong Leader: Political Leadership in The Modern Age.” The book is a clear winner.

 

Curtis Mayfield: Traveling Soul

May 27, 2017

There are two Mayfields here--father Curtis (b. 1942) and son Todd. You know Curtis Mayfield, the Chicago rhythm and blues and soul music giant (leader of The Impressions and composer of the movie soundtrack Super Fly). In this book, Traveling Soul: The Life of Curtis Mayfield, Todd writes of his Dad’s music and personal life, including his alleged womanizing and tendency to lock himself in his room away from the family—in the early years composing music and later hiding his drug use.

It’s often said that fiction more than anything mirrors life.  In his unnerving geo-political thriller “Twilight’s Last Gleaming,” John Michael Greer (no relation) drives home this concept.

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