History of Evil in the Occident – M. Faucheux (2004) Book Review

Is there a propensity for evil in the Western culture? How is “evil” defined? How is “evil” sanctioned and how does it shift, from era to era? What other phenomena enable “evil” to manifest? Is there a gender-specific type of “evil” that we can pinpoint in Western history? These were the questions that I sought answers to when reading this book. Sadly, none were answered. In fact, if you read the table of contents, you already know everything this book has to offer.

The author gives no new insight into the “evil” phenomenon, and goes about piecing together historical facts so well known, they’re self standing. But he does so with a sadistic attention to technical details that makes me believe Michel Faucheux, the author, missed his calling.

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The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance (Book Review)

Although I had a hard time imagining ancient knowledge in distress, on a ledge, waiting for a saviour :), I wanted to love this book so, so badly. And in a way, I do love it. But this book suffers from arabicentrism much like European history of science suffers from eurocentrism, and it fails to be convincing on 3 important points: Continue reading “The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance (Book Review)”

Rory Gilmore’s Obituary: What Happens When Writers Cross to the Other Side

If Gilmore Girls was your favourite dish, then Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life would have to be that same dish with tons of salt, pepper, and bitter lime randomly added to it. It overkilled. I grew up watching Gilmore Girls in a house with four women, lots of glitter, noise, both good and bad, and tons of jumping up and down. I was in high school when I discovered it, and continued to watch it  almost daily throughout college. I suffered alongside the global fan base through the 7th season and was over-the-moon excited while waiting for the revival. And after watching it, I felt completely betrayed by the storyline and felt that the Palladinos have successfully killed Rory, albeit leaving the story wide open for future episodes. But was it worth it? (Spoilers will follow) Continue reading “Rory Gilmore’s Obituary: What Happens When Writers Cross to the Other Side”

“La” Mar in November: Trip to Sardinia

“He always thought of the sea as ‘la mar’ which is what people call her in Spanish when they love her. Sometimes those who love her say bad things of her but they are always said as though she were a woman. Some of the younger fishermen, those who used buoys as floats for their lines and had motorboats, bought when the shark livers had brought much money, spoke of her as ‘el mar’ which is masculine.

They spoke of her as a contestant or a place or even an enemy. But the old man always thought of her as feminine and as something that gave or withheld great favours, and if she did wild or wicked things it was because she could not help them. The moon affects her as it does a woman, he thought.”
E. Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea Continue reading ““La” Mar in November: Trip to Sardinia”