Monthly Archives: October 2013

prose sketch: post-picnic in Confederation Park

Thu. 17 Oct 2013 ca. 1:00 p.m. Confederation Park, Burnaby We’ve just had our lunch at this concrete picnic table: turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce and lettuce, and sharing a can of Sanpellegrino orange pop. It’s a sprawling park, mostly … Continue reading

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The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli: it’s a jungle out there

The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli My rating: 4 of 5 stars This short textbook on how to rule a state is still the playbook for politics. Looking in my Webster’s, I see the following definition of Machiavellianism: the political theory … Continue reading

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Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville My rating: 4 of 5 stars An erudite adventure story whose progress is slowed by digressions on the art and science of whaling. I first read this book in 1980. Conscious of reading a classic, and … Continue reading

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