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Craig Chalquist, PhD, author of TERRAPSYCHOLOGY and DEEP CALIFORNIA (Bay Area, CA USA)

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Of Grammatology
Of Grammatology
von Jacques Derrida
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 22,30

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2.0 von 5 Sternen some tantalizing tidbits..., 8. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Of Grammatology (Taschenbuch)
...floating in the philosophical Sea of Circumlocution.
The wondrous thing about deconstruction as Derrida writes it is that it could even deconstruct the criticism that it's incomprehensibly turgid. All you'd need do is invert the criticism, questioning its premises and in effect turning it back on the critic: an old philosopher's (and lawyer's) trick disguising itself as a postmodern innovation.
In any case, I don't deny the necessity for Derrida's work and find various aspects of it challenging and stimulating. But I get mightily irritated with the constant word games best left to poets, most of whom eschew verbosity and ground themselves in the soil of daily lived and felt experience. Derrida's gymnastics obscure what they ought to be clarifying (unless one claims that the point is to obscure in the name of overturning our usual notions of clarity...see what I mean?).
In Zen, the koan "deconstructs" the student's stucknesses until nothing is left but the experience; in Derrida, deconstruction deconstructs even itself until there's nothing left at all. If intellectually gifted writers are going to resort to such showy maneuvers, they may be right to object to a charge of nihilistic grandstanding, but one would hope they'd see the shadow of truth in the accusation.


The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights: From the Winchester Manuscripts of Thomas Malory & Other Sources
The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights: From the Winchester Manuscripts of Thomas Malory & Other Sources
von John Steinbeck
  Taschenbuch

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3.0 von 5 Sternen enjoyable but unfinished, 7. Juni 2000
Had Steinbeck completed this work, it would have been a worthwhile addition to the Arthurian literature as well as an impressive and interesting updated version; but he did not get to complete it.


Roots (Dell Book)
Roots (Dell Book)
von Alex Haley
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Haley completes the circle..., 7. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Roots (Dell Book) (Taschenbuch)
...begun with the dislocation of his ancestors and ending with the researches of an author with the boldness to discover the truths of his origins. My own relatives have not had to suffer such a horrendous history of racial hatred, but as an adoptee who broke open the sealed book of my own past, I felt deeply moved by what Haley had done -- in his case in a culture that has denied any validity to the quest for African identity.


Uncle Tom's Cabin (Bantam Classics)
Uncle Tom's Cabin (Bantam Classics)
von Harriet Beecher Stowe
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 4,50

5.0 von 5 Sternen When Lincoln met Stowe he is said to have joked...., 7. Juni 2000
....about her being the woman who started the Civil War; she did not, of course, but her vivid storytelling and character portrayals, whatever the controversies in her handling of the pain of people she did not know, began to get the country imagining at least some of the horrors of slavery. She cracked the complacency of a people who preferred to go about their business in ignorance of the price paid for their comfort and luxury; and yet, to quote her own view of what she'd written, "Nothing of tragedy can be written, can be spoken, can be conceived, that equals the frightful reality of scenes daily and hourly acting on our shores, beneath the shadow of American law, and the shadow of the cross of Christ."


Washington: The Indispensable Man (Back Bay Book)
Washington: The Indispensable Man (Back Bay Book)
von James Thomas Flexner
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 13,80

5.0 von 5 Sternen does well by George...., 7. Juni 2000
....and the shorter version of the multivolume work was perfect for my purposes. Not a particularly well-trained strategist and only unevenly seasoned as a general, Washington really comes across, primarily by the force of his character, as the right man at the right time.


Atlas of American History
Atlas of American History
von Robert H. Ferrell
  Taschenbuch

3.0 von 5 Sternen good maps, diagrams, and other imagery...., 7. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Atlas of American History (Taschenbuch)
....but as stated previously, a bit thin on the earlier years and rather military and political. Can be used for purposes of a quick pictorial glance through time.


Lincoln: An Illustrated Biography
Lincoln: An Illustrated Biography
von Philip B. Kunhardt Jr.
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen draws on an incredible variety of sources..., 7. Juni 2000
...that deal with President Lincoln; includes some excellent photography and many good quotations. What an incredible fellow he was.


Profiles in Courage
Profiles in Courage
von John F. Kennedy
  Taschenbuch

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4.0 von 5 Sternen inspiring examples of integrity...., 7. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Profiles in Courage (Taschenbuch)
....whom I wouldn't have chosen myself but whose stories I found interesting. A good book to read when tempted to believe that politics is only about corruption and lack of accountability; for the men written about here, it was about principle.


The Oxford History of the American People: Volume 1: Prehistory to 1789 (Hist of the American People)
The Oxford History of the American People: Volume 1: Prehistory to 1789 (Hist of the American People)
von Samuel Eliot Morison
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen fascinating from the first volume..., 7. Juni 2000
...and written in a way that brings the reader back to the early days of the United States and the character of its founders, laborers, and defenders. Highly recommended.


Tactics of Mistake (Childe Cycle)
Tactics of Mistake (Childe Cycle)
von Gordon R. Dickson
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen foreshadows the Dorsai..., 7. Juni 2000
...and Donal; I liked the novel but could have wished for Cletus to be more different from Donal than he was.


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