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Book Review: Practicing New Historicism, by Catherine Gallagher and Stephen Greenblatt

Book reviewers read many things, some quite strange. Yesterday, for instance, I was forwarded a press release for the "must-read non-fiction children's book of the season" about bald eagles. Today, I read a new historicist's perspective on "The Potato in the Materialist Imagination". Fascinating stuff. In case you can't tell, that last sentence was not sarcastic. I read a literary analysis about the potato and thoroughly enjoyed it. This roughly thirty-page essay is one of six (seven, counting the introduction) in Catherine Gallagher and Stephen Greenblatt's exceptional volume Practicing New Historicism. Although I would not normally review a text of this nature, I am compelled to make an exception for this witty and virtuosic, yet accessible, tome. So much of literary criticism

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Book Review: The Deception Game, by Lawrence Martin-Bittman

I read a great book two nights ago written by a defector from the (then) Czechoslovakian intelligence service. I didn't have time enough to write about it before the sandman came calling, but mulling it over throughout the day gave me a greater perspective on its modern day applications. Specifically, how to identify disinformation and gaslighting attempts. If you aren't already following me on Goodreads, you can check out my profile here to track my progress toward reading 100 books in 2017. I post my book reviews on this blog. The Deception Game by Lawrence Martin-Bittman is the memoir of a former Czechoslovak intelligence officer who defects from his Soviet-controlled intelligence agency in the Prague. He describes in great detail the department (Department "D"

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