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Books/Literature (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • Vanity: Period Drama Review – My Cousin Rachel 2017

    01/24/2021 2:40:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 24, 2020 | Me
    Disclaimer: I have not read the Daphne du Maurier novel this is based on. My first encounter with the enchanting Rachel Weisz was playing at the age of 29 the spunky, and intelligent Miss Evelyn Carnahan from the 1999 movie “The Mummy”. At the age of 47, when she starred in this adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier novel, she is still a stunning and alluring woman. One can easily see a younger man falling for her. What is very interesting about this adaptation is how earthy it is. Phillip Ambrose definitely does not have the manners of a member...
  • Telling The Truth and The Word (A Personal Post for the New Now.)

    01/22/2021 7:00:37 AM PST · by Ozguy1945 ^ | 23rd January, Australian time | Ozguy1945
    For me John 1-1 is the most powerful verse of the Bible. Equating Logos with God underscores the supreme importance of free speech and honesty. I feel the need for more of both in this month where Big Tech deplatformed a sitting president and where others rush to convict him for inciting insurrection when he said “protest peacefully”. Truth matters to me.
  • A Broken Nation and The Rebirth of Glory

    01/19/2021 3:47:31 PM PST · by txnativegop · 13 replies
    January 19, 2021 | Me
    With the pendulum of Good and Evil swinging endlessly back and forth Men must struggle with those forces every day. That fight rages within our endless drive to be the best at any endeavor. There are those men who seek power to help their fellow men rise up and and to better their lives solely for the sake of helping. Too often though, men will seek out power solely for the personal enrichment. Such men care not for lives of other men. As good men are replaced with Evil men. So Good and Evil swing on the Pendulum. Our nation...
  • The 3 Great Early 20th C. Dystopian Sci-Fi Novels Explain Today's World Power Structure

    01/19/2021 6:44:18 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 22 replies
    Eyes Open | 01-19-01 | Charlesoconnell
    Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World", Eric Blair's "1984" (George Orwell) and Yevgeny Zamyatin's "We" meld to give a true analysis of complex contemporary issues. I.E., why was the Bolshevik Revolution supported by Wall St.? Because from 1880 on, forced world industrialization into a unified market system was impossible while vast stretches of northern Asia remained independent. Quigley explained that the 1929 market crash was the first of the unified world market; it was so bad because of that unity, unmanageable to blocs formerly under central national banks. Why did the Rockefeller and Carnegie supported Institute of Pacific Relations under Owen...
  • Vanity: Period Drama Review – Belgravia (2020)

    01/19/2021 2:57:12 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 19, 2021 | Me
    Almost all of my period drama viewing is based on books from Austen during the Regency to the Edwardian E.M Forester. Given these are stories that say something about the human condition you do hope to extract something edifying. Then you have your books and period dramas that are analogous to grabbing a gallon of your favorite ice cream and just enjoying it as a guilty pleasure. Belgravia is an example of the second. I must admit when I saw the opening shot indicating we are in Brussels in 1815 I immediately paid attention. Yes, yes…they are going to re-create...
  • Freedom across the ages beats ignorant tyranny. We can build a better future if we don't kill the past and its lessons. (A Personal Post. Vanity?)

    01/15/2021 8:08:05 AM PST · by Ozguy1945 · 11 replies ^ | 15th January, 2021, American time | Ozguy1945
    Who and what we are is a huge determinant of what we can be. A Biden presidency born in stripping his predecessor of the basic right to speak cannot end well. Can Biden find a way to be magnanimous to Donald Trump?
  • The Spurning of Old Books: The Devaluation of the Past Threatens Higher Ed

    01/13/2021 3:35:44 AM PST · by karpov · 4 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | January 13, 2021 | Matthew Stewart
    Alan Jacobs’ new book, Breaking Bread with the Dead: A Reader’s Guide to a More Tranquil Mind, is a coaxing argument to read “old books that come from strange times.” Readers of his previous works The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction and How to Think will not be surprised that Jacobs, distinguished professor of humanities at Baylor University, brings intellectual heft to the self-help genre. Jacobs focuses on why we ought to pay attention to old books. There is no surprise in learning that such reading makes us deeper, fuller persons, and more humble. Ex post facto...
  • Latin Phrases Patriots Should Know: Patriotic Latin Phrases and Their Translations

    01/11/2021 11:54:48 AM PST · by ammodotcom · 66 replies ^ | 1/11/2021 | Brian Miller
    “Sic semper tyrannis” – Thus always to tyrants, U.S. Navy 149th Fighter Squadron “De oppresso liber” – To liberate the oppressed, U.S. Army Green Berets “Legibus armisque devoti” – Devoted to law and arms, U.S. Army Legal Services Agency “Haec protegimus” – This we guard, U.S. Army Military District of Washington “Hiemes oppugnamus et montes superamus” – We battle cold and conquer mountains, U.S. Army Northern Warfare Training Center “Nous resterons la” – We shall remain there, U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division “Semper primus” – Always first, U.S. Army 1st Infantry Regiment “Noli me tangere” – Don't tread on me,...
  • Vanity: Period Drama Review: Emma 2020

    01/10/2021 2:42:22 PM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    You Tube ^ | January 10, 2021 | Me
    As a disclaimer, fans of 19th century British literature tend to be broken up into camps. One is the Janeites; fans of all things Jane Austen and genteel. The other is the Charlottans, in reference to Charlotte Bronte; fans of passionate romance and the Gothic. I am in in the 2nd camp. Another disclaimer is I have not read the novel. This is my 3rd adaptation of the Jane Austen story. I have seen the 1996 version with Kate Beckinsale before she made her name spraying on latex all over body and playing a vampire. The other is the 2009...
  • 10 English Period Dramas To Watch If You Like Netflix's Bridgerton: Netflix's Bridgerton has caused a stir amongst fans of the historical romance genre. For similar viewing experiences, here are other dramas to try.

    01/09/2021 5:45:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Screen Rant ^ | January 7, 2021 | Jake Dee
    The 19th-century English period drama Bridgerton, based on the series of bestselling novels written by Julia Quinn, has caused quite a stir among fans of the historical romance genre. Bridgerton refers to the large family navigating the high-society of England's lavish Regency Era. As young Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) comes of age and strikes up a romance when entering the marriage market, her life is forever changed. For similar cinematic experiences that deal with this historical age, scroll below.
  • Vanity: Period Drama Review - BBC Dickensian 2015

    01/08/2021 5:08:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 8, 2021 | Me
    I checked out this BBC mini-series free for Amazon Prime members. It is a mish-mash of characters from various Dickens novels, especially "A Christmas Carol", "Great Expectations", "Bleak House", and "Oliver Twist", thrown in together with a murder mystery as the pivot point. Besides the murder of Jacob Marley, the other main storyline is why Miss Havisham became the old woman before her time reckloose decaying at Satis House. I really enjoyed Stephen Rea as Inspector Bucket, the first detective portrayed in a fictional work. He has this bloodhound quality about him. For me, I could not stop ogling at...
  • Literary survival in an age of tyranny: The F word vs. the law, and legitimacy.

    01/07/2021 1:42:47 PM PST · by Sense · 6 replies
    January 7, 2021 | Sense
    Literary survival in an age of tyranny: The F word vs. the law, and legitimacy An often repeated quote, almost always mis-attributed to Voltaire, makes an interesting study of itself, in usually being presented as: "Voltaire once wrote: “To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” Who in American politics are people not allowed to criticize?" Legitimizing the quote has required its re-attribution to avoid mentioning, much less wallowing into what it was that drove the real author to think as he did. In current context, that history only amplifies...
  • (A Personal Post) Remembering Roman poet Vergil and how Destructive Leftist Crap makes a new Social Contract essential in places like Australia.

    01/06/2021 11:59:33 AM PST · by Ozguy1945 · 3 replies ^ | 7th January, Australian time | Ozguy1945
    I studied Latin for ten years at high school and then Melbourne University in an era when the classics mattered more than now. Vergil was one of my personal favourites. I still love the way his ancient words are woven together. That time of Latin poetry was very different to what the political rubbish heap onto my love of language now. In my modern life, under the misandry of the Socialist Left police state of Victoria in Southeast Australia, actions like lobbying a politician for WW2 commemoration, looking at a window and asking a young woman to obey the laws...
  • Vanity: Period Drama Review - The Go-Between - 2015

    01/06/2021 4:40:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 6, 2020 | Me
    This period drama came up on my recommended list on Amazon Prime video free for members. A greatly simplified plot is a boy, Leo Colston, who is a charity case at a public school, public being the UK definition, spends the summer at the estate of his wealthy school friend. As he is entering the journey into manhood he falls under the spell of the stunning Miss Marian Maudsley. The title of the movie comes from the role he plays passing along messages between Miss Maudsley and a farmer, Ted Burgess, neighboring the estate. Mr. Burgess and Miss Maudsley are...
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Anniversary Edition)

    01/04/2021 3:20:53 PM PST · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 12 replies
    MSMB ^ | December 2020 | Rob W. Case
    C.S. Lewis and accomplished author J.R.R. Tolkien sat down and had a talk about children’s stories in their day. Douglas Gresham, the stepson of C.S. Lewis’s, elaborated on this conversation between them. He said, “[Lewis and Tolkien] sat down and had a discussion about children’s literature that was being produced in those days. They found that they both agreed that children’s literature of that time was really not good enough for children. It didn’t say the things that children needed to hear. And it didn’t say the things that children would like to hear and enjoy. So, they both decided...
  • Vanity: Period Drama Review - Great Expectations Movie 2012

    01/04/2021 2:34:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 4, 2020 | Me
    This movie is my fourth adaptation I have watched of perhaps Dickens' greatest novel. The other are: the 1946 David Lean movie, a 1989 mini-series produced for Disney Channel, and a BBC mini-series from 1999. The movie versions in order to keep the run time at or below 2 hours takes a butcher's cleaver to the novel. This has involved the elimination of subplots and minimizing secondary characters, for example, Orlick being written out. I fell in love with this adaptation. There is almost a dream like quality about this movie perhaps due to the cinematography and soundtrack. The two...
  • Vanity: Period Drama Review - BBC Little Dorrit Mini-Series 2008

    01/03/2021 5:18:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 3, 2020 | Me
    I have watched this wonderful adaptation of the Dickens novel free for Amazon Prime members many times. You know this is going to be an experience from the opening sequence; one of the most well done I have ever seen. This was going to top notch as the screenplay was written by the King of the Period Drama Andrew Davies. As I mentioned before in regards to Dickens, you go on an emotional roller coaster. The Amazon version is seven episodes with a total run length of around 6 hours. The extended length allows the wide plethora of secondary characters...
  • My Co-authored Prayer and Devotional E-book--Free Download Until Jan. 4

    01/02/2021 12:46:24 PM PST · by EaglesNestHome · 5 replies
    EaglesNestHome ^ | 1/2/2021 | EaglesNestHome
    I just checked, and our new free prayer and devotional e-book promo is live! You can read about it, on my blog. I hope it is okay to make a request. If you have time, please download the book. (It is free, but only until Jan. 4.) Here's the blog post (from ):As we say "Goodbye" to 2020, many of us breathe a sigh of relief. None of us know what we will face in the future, but it pays to be prepared. With this in mind, our new e-book will be available for free for a few short...
  • Vanity: Period Drama Review - East Lynne - 1982

    01/01/2021 6:24:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 1, 2020 | Me
    I was on YouTube just wasting time before midnight to start the new year. As a side note, I am the Ebenezer Scrooge of New Year. I hate this "holiday" because I feel like I have to "celebrate" and the only thing I associate the night with is debauchery. I saw this period drama I have never heard of before pop up on recommended videos. Watching this appeared much more preferable to sitting on the couch listening to the Bidens and watching musicians I do not care one iota for. This period drama is "East Lynne" based on a novel...
  • (A Personal Post) 2020 A year of Fear replacing Family and Freedom.

    12/30/2020 12:10:00 PM PST · by Ozguy1945 · 2 replies ^ | 31st December 2020 Australian time | Ozguy1945
    2020 has been a great year for the nanny state. Will history see this as the year when disease-fuelled fear when made its greatest advances against the family as social foundation and against personal freedom?