Category Archives: Book reviews

Light television viewing if you stream Netflix

I enjoyed The OA immensely, even if at times the show is unsatisfying.  It is like Netflix had carefully analyzed my viewing profile and said, “Let’s make a series that mixes Lost, Arrival, Lars von Trier, I see dead people, … Continue reading

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Kwei Quartey’s Murder at Cape Three Points

Quartey’s detective series, now in its third title, featuring Darko Dawson is pretty good.  I enjoyed Murder at Cape Three Points.  The mystery here is a double-murder that involves the nascent offshore oil industry.  Lots of nice description of Takoradi, … Continue reading

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Roundup Friday

Have been very busy teaching introductory econometrics and associated lab to my Econ 41-42 students. Fun, but a lot of work. So many little glitches in R-Markdown. Great, useful program, but bringing students up to speed, and being the one … Continue reading

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Recent reading: Two good graphic novels and The Vegetarian by Han Kang

Elliot for Christmas got Kill My Mother by Jules Feiffer, an interesting noir homage graphic novel, set in the 1940s Hollywood and Pacific Theater.  If you are my age and a certain  income class you probably read a lot of … Continue reading

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Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad”

Whitehead’s novel is good.  The central device of the “real” underground railroad is imaginative and deftly deployed.  The horrors of slavery, the perversity of “benign” slavery, the tenuous freedoms of Indiana, and the interior life of the main character, Cora, … Continue reading

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Ha Jin’s Waiting

At a colleague’s Christmas party I had met the Stanford University economic historian Avner Grief, and he chatted with me for a long time about the role of clans in China and how that kin culture led to different institutional … Continue reading

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How did I come to read about Argalus and Parthenia?

Because I am reading Baroque Times in Old Mexico, and Argalus and Parthenia is one of those poems that people read back in the 1600s!  And I wondered what it was about.  And then I learn that Francis Quarles is … Continue reading

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