Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Leave a Comment about Your Favorite Classic Novel


What's your favorite "high brow" book and why?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

THE CHOSEN Is a Good Book

Sara and I just finished reading The Chosen by Chaim Potok. I had read it a few years ago and decided I wanted to read it to Sara.

Set in New York City in the 1940s, it's the story of Jewish boys, one "liberal" and one "conservative" (Hasidic) and their fathers. The boys form an unlikely friendship when Danny (the Hasid) bats a ball into Reuven's eye, sending him to the hospital for a long stint. The friendship, though unlikely given the backgrounds and the circumstances of their first meeting, appears to be destined by God.

The story focuses on their friendship as well as on each boy's relationship with his father. Both fathers love their sons, but their approaches to raising their boys are very different. The setting includes the conclusion of WWII, revelations of the Holocaust as they come to be known in the US, and the horror that it produces in New York's Jews, as well as the Zionist movement to establish a political state for the Jews (which happens in 1948).

The story is told through Reuven. Danny is "the chosen," chosen by his father for a role and profession that he does not want to follow.

There are books that scratch the itch for entertainment. There are others that scratch a deeper itch for substance and depth. The Chosen falls into the latter category.

Dealing with friendship and the father-son relationship, Sara and I both felt enriched through this read.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Evolutionists: "Our Bad"

Some guy over at Submitted Though Fort Wayne has a pretty good article on the fact that we're not looking for missing links anymore.

Friday, October 2, 2009

High IQ Doesn't Alway Equal Wisdom, Especially in Government

Thomas Sowell's latest column asserts that having brainiacs in power isn't always the smart way to go.

Highlighting this truth with FDR's "brain trust" (whose policies prolonged the Great Depression), Lyndon Johnson/Robert McNamara's "whiz kids" (the geniuses behind the mismanagement of Vietnam) and Adolf Hitler (whose intelligence advanced the evil machinations of his heart), Sowell suggests the alleged brain power of the current administration may not get us where we want to go.

"There is usually only a limited amount of damage that can be done by dull or stupid people. For creating a truly monumental disaster, you need people with high IQs."

The whole article is worth reading.