Browsing the blog archives for October, 2005

The Albigensian Crusade, Jonathan Sumption

As a francophile, the dis-oriented author is always on the lookout for books on France. Since my high school years I have read nearly everything I could find on France and French culture. Most of my reading has been focused on France from Louis XIV to Charles DeGaulle. When I saw Jonathan Sumption’s The Albigensian [...]


Goodbye, Descartes: The End of Logic and the Search for a New Cosmology of the Mind, Keith Devlin

Reading takes you many surprising places. The dis-oriented author recently visited one of those place while reading Keith Devlin’s Goodbye Descartes. When I picked this book of my shelf, I could not remember why I had bought it. I could not remember what the book was about and the title was not much help. In [...]


The Rape of Nanking: the Forgotten Holocaust of World War II, Iris Chang

The dis-oriented author is only sort of Asian. I am 1/4 Chinese, 1/4 African (via Jamaica), and half Chamoru (from Guam). So my interest in Iris Chang’s The Rape of Nanking was largley academic. Growing up I always thought of myself as being just like my peers who were almost exclusively white and middle class. [...]