The Great Guide

BOOK REVIEWThe Great Guide - What David Hume Can Teach Us about Being Human and Living Wellby Julian Baggini 2021 About the BookDavid Hume (1711-1776) is perhaps best known for his ideas about cause and effect and his criticisms of religion, but he is rarely thought of as a philosopher with practical wisdom to offer. … Continue reading The Great Guide

Code Name Blue Wren

BOOK REVIEWCode Name Blue Wren: The True Story of America's Most Dangerous Female Spy―and the Sister She Betrayed by Jim Popkin 2022 About the AuthorJim Popkin is a journalist and writer whose work has appeared in Washington Post Magazine, WIRED, Newsweek, Slate, The Guardian, Washingtonian and on National Public Radio. He was a senior investigative … Continue reading Code Name Blue Wren


BOOK REVIEWRuthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me by Ron Miscavige 2016 About the AuthorRon Miscavige is the father of David Miscavige, the leader of the Church of Scientology. He and his family joined Scientology in 1970, and he worked for The Sea Organization for almost 27 of those years before leaving the Church … Continue reading Ruthless

The Herods

BOOK REVIEWThe Herods: Murder, Politics, and the Art of Successionby Bruce Chilton 2021 About the AuthorBruce D. Chilton is the Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion at Bard College, where he has taught since 1987. In addition to his many celebrated publications on the texts, practices, and beliefs of ancient Judaism and Christianity, he is … Continue reading The Herods

Elon Musk

BOOK REVIEWElon Musk: Risking It All by Michael Vlismas 2022 About the AuthorMichael Vlismas is an award-winning journalist and author of seven books, including biographies of legendary golfer Gary Player, cyclist Chris Froome, renowned sports scientist Tim Noakes, and Springbok rugby great Schalk Burger Snr. He lives in Somerset West in the Cape winelands of … Continue reading Elon Musk

The Founder of Manichaeism

BOOK REVIEWThe Founder of Manichaeism: Rethinking the Life of Mani by Iain Gardner 2020 About the AuthorIain Gardner is Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Sydney and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities. He is a Coptic language and Manichaean studies specialist who has published the editio princeps of … Continue reading The Founder of Manichaeism

The Believer

The Believer: Alien Encounters, Hard Science, and the Passion of John Mack by Ralph Blumenthal 2021 About the AuthorRalph Blumenthal was an award-winning reporter for the New York Times. He coauthored the Times article in 2017 that broke the news of a secret Pentagon unit investigating UFOs, and he is the author of four nonfiction … Continue reading The Believer