Books. Thoughts. Reviews.



Revisiting a War

Ken Burns and Geoffrey Ward have written a visually compelling companion, coffee table book to the PBS series, “The Vietnam War”. For the past week I have been pouring over its written and pictorial account of that bloody conflict between… Continue Reading →

Goebbels: A Biography

I enjoyed reading this in-depth book on the tumultuous life of one of Hitler’s more shadowy and largely misunderstood henchmen. While prominent and influential in Nazidom, Goebbels makes for a better study as a misguided and fanatical devotee than the… Continue Reading →

The Shelf Life of Zany Politics

Donald Trump has always been a master of fabricating and then staging his own persona. The record shows that his projected message, in the vein of an extreme narcissist, has always been self-promotion and self-adulation, as seen through the greatly… Continue Reading →

Last Day, Last Hoorah!

Two thousand seventeen has been a  momentous year all round when it comes to Ian Malcomson. There wasn’t much that did happen that will soon be forgotten, both as character building and cause for celebration. Month-by-month, something new, unexpected, or… Continue Reading →

A Visit to the Lower Mainland

At least twice a year Belle and I jump in the car and travel across to Vancouver to visit our extended family. We are quite accustomed to the drive, knowing the route almost by heart, right down to the last… Continue Reading →

A Weird and Fascinating Novel of Yesteryears

I have just finished Paul Auster’s “The Book of Illusions” and feel strangely compelled to share some literary impressions that have been building up over the last month of periodic reading. To begin with, it was a romping good story,… Continue Reading →

A Big Decision

Sometime tomorrow, BC premier, John Horgan, will step to the mike in the briefing room at the legislature and announce to the province the fate of the Site C dam project. Tough decision that could solidify or break his tenuous… Continue Reading →

A Week in the Life of a Follower of the News

It  is plain to see that we are increasingly living in a world that seems to defy patterns on a regular basis, whether it be the weather, politics, the economy, public projects, housing prices, sports, or even the internet. Nothing,… Continue Reading →

Separation of Church and State?

Talk about a thorny and potentially divisive issue that is now being addressed in the US Congress tax reform package.The framers of this massive omnibus bill, besides proposing a major overhaul of the tax system, have included a clause that… Continue Reading →

Not Really Election Reform

The new BC Constitutional Act prepares the way for a provincial plebecite on electoral reform for late next year. According to Les Layne, senior journalist for the Times Colonist, this newly created statute is looking more and more like a… Continue Reading →

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