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A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin: who needs reality?

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin My rating: 4 of 5 stars A massive fantasy series kicks off with a story that is light on magic, heavy on politics. Having finished the “poetic works” in the Britannica Great … 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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truth and fiction

The man crossed the street. Question: is the above sentence fiction or nonfiction? There’s no way of knowing, is there. Which man? Which street? When? We’d need to know these things before hazarding an answer. Bob Carlson crossed 5th Avenue … Continue reading

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