Tony Wright Lecture on Doing Politics Differently

This podcast video is “comprises the entirety of the 2009 annual Political Quarterly lecture of the 4th March; this year given by co-editor Tony Wright MP, entitled “Doing Politics Differently.” Political Quarterly is a U.K. journal that has as its editorial objective to publish articles on issues of public policy,

Atlantic Article on Happiness

In this lengthy piece, Shenk writes of a 72 year study of Harvard men and their well-being. It is an interesting read.  Specialization in fields (sociology vs. biology vs. psychiatry vs…) is a good thing, but a side effect is that it has turned academia into a place that is

John Gardner, The Liquidator (NY: The Viking Press, 1964)

Once More to the Recycling Bin by Kevin R. Kosar I came across the book in a recycling bin; it was piled in there with other titles from three or more decades back.  Their authors were the pop stars of their time, DeVries, Simenon, Michener, and Ludlum. The books had

Research Resource: Four-Page Guide to the U.S. Postal Service

The Lexington Institute has published a guide which touched on some of the fundamental facts about the U.S. Postal Service: Lexington Institute, A Quick Reference on the U.S. Postal Service (Arlington, VA: July, 2009)

Ken Wohlrob, The Metronome Winds Down

What ITunes Is To Music… by Kevin R. Kosar I’ve known Ken since—gasp—1989. He is a man of eclectic interests, including world travel, art, film, music, and campy Mexican wrestling movies.  It seems that each month he is expanding his palate and discovering new things that delight his senses. Since

Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (NY: Perennial Classics, 1998)

Once More to Brooklyn with Betty by Kevin R. Kosar, November 17, 2007 I actually did not especially enjoy the first 100 pages of this novel from 1943. The central character, Francie Nolan, a child from a hardscrabble Irish-Austrian family in Brooklyn, came off as a bit idealized and saccharine.

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