For the Fourth of July, I drove down to Baltimore to visit the cemeteries and leave flags.
The first time I read The Man in the High Castle, I was disappointed in it. It was only the second Philip K. Dick novel I had read (the first was Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), and I closed the book thinking, “Is that all there is? It just ends there? Really?” I had … Continue reading The World of The Man in the High Castle
Friday afternoon I spent at least half an hour looking at pictures of Operation Crossroads, the first two atomic bomb tests in Bikini Atoll. Why? Because one of the ships used was found — the USS Independence — and was virtually intact. This quote about the state of the Independence by NOAA’s James Delgado stays … Continue reading The USS Independence and Atomic Bomb Testing
Be warned. This post contains spoilers for a three year-old film based on a decade-old book. Tuesday night, I finally saw Expiation. Or, as we say in the English-speaking world, Atonement, the 2007 film that starred James McAvoy and Keira Knightley, based on Ian McEwan’s Booker Prize-nominated novel. Yes, the DVD I own of the … Continue reading Atonement
Recently I was given a history book on a narrow, though interesting, subject — the literature of Japanese/American warfare written between 1900 and 1940 entitled The Century of the Black Ships. It was written by a Japanese scholar, Naoki Inose, and published in Japan in 1993. Viz, a manga publisher, translated the book into English … Continue reading On The Century of the Black Ships
Some recent comic book purchases… Star Trek: Mirror Images #1 IDW Publishing Written by Scott and David Tipton Art by David Messina A long time ago, when I was but a wee lad, I loved the classic Star Trek episode, “Mirror Mirror.” A transporter accident sent Kirk, McCoy, Uhura, and Scotty into a weird, twisted … Continue reading On Things I’ve Been Reading