Monthly Archives: February 2014

Cactus Club English Bay, Vancouver.

February 2014. What a sweet dream location and physical plant. It’s a complex glass box directly on the English Bay beach looking onto the Georgia Strait sunset, at the busy summer tourist south end of Denman Street. There are three levels, one pitched … Continue reading

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The Left Hand of Darkness. Ursula Le Guin.

Le Guin, Ursula. The Left Hand of Darkness. Ace (Penguin) New York. 1969. F; 2/14. Ms. Le Guin was interviewed in a recent Paris Review. Science fiction is not ordinarily a big interest of mine, but I was intrigued by … Continue reading

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The Adversary. Emmanuel Carrere.

Carrere, Emmanuel. The Adversary. Metropolitan (Henry Holt) New York. Original French 2000; Metropolitan translation (Linda Coverdale) 2000. Bio; Feb 2014. Mr. Carrere is said to be a runaway success as a fiction writer in French. This book is gripping as … Continue reading

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Crocodile, Vancouver. February 2014; February 2017.

February 2014. We’ve been to this restaurant any number of times including its long-past former location on Thurlow Street. This was more of a bistro and, although it might be reflecting my relative youth when I was there, strikes me today … Continue reading

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Gut Feelings. Gerd Gigerenzer.

Gigerenzer, Gerd. Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious. Penguin, London, 2007. NF; 02/14. This interesting book for me illustrates something recursive about gut feelings, and I ended up with one of my own about the author’s approach to them. … Continue reading

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The Dignity of Difference. Jonathan Sacks.

Sacks, Jonathan. The Dignity of Difference. Continuum Bloomsbury, London 2003, first published 2002. NF; 01/14. This is a complicated, moving, and difficult book the ideas of which I find affirming. Consistent, I guess I mean, with what I imagine I’m … Continue reading

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