First Looks category archive
This is an excellent and quirky mystery series from the CBC. It stumbles a bit towards the end, but regains its stride in the last episode. Click the “More Information” button for more, well, you know, information.
I guess ESPN just gave up on competing with the baseball all-star game.
While we’re at it, can’t we agree that cornhole is a most unfortunately yclept pursuit?
(Missplet wrod corectted.)
The Wars of the Jews, by Flavius Josephus.
Surprisingly enough, this is a rip-snorter. If you want to learn about Roman siege tactics, this is the book for you.
A couple of warnings:
When Josephus refers to a rebel leader named “Josephus” in the text, he refers to himself. He was initially one of the Jewish rebels against Rome, then was captured by the Romans, and ultimately concluded that the rebels were, as my old boss would have said, “in error.”
Also, the translator wastes much energy in trying to align Josephus’s words with the Christian scriptures, but, fortunately, such is confined to the footnotes.
Also, if you can, kick a few bucks to Project Gutenberg. It is one of the best things on the inner webs.
Gordon Weil comments at the Bangor Daily News. A snippet:
That practice disappeared as sovereignty came to be held by citizens, and the surviving kings or queens reigned but no longer ruled.
But here is a problem with President Trump. He sometimes seems to believe that his unusual and unexpected election means that he should be respected as if he enjoyed what used to be called “the divine right of kings.”