Author Archives: Ron Boothe

About Ron Boothe

I am a Professor Emeritus at Emory University, currently living in Tacoma Washington USA.

Funny Things Happen when a Modern Utopia meets Human Nature

H.G. Wells, A Modern Utopia, originally published in 1905, page numbers and quotes in this commentary are from Penguin Classics Edition, 2005. This book uses somewhat complex points of view and plot structures such that it could probably be aptly … Continue reading

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H. G. Wells, A Modern Utopia

We are going to start off the new year with a book suggested by Mark Jensen:   H. G. Wells, A Modern Utopia, originally published in 1905, widely available in a number of formats.

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The Beak of the Finch

At our December meeting we will discuss the following selection suggested by Richard Smaby: Jonathan Weiner, The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in our Time, first hardback edition published by Knopf in 1994.  

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The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman

At out November meeting we will discuss a book selected by Burk, Tom Rachman, The Italian Teacher, Viking, 2018 Burk provides the following pre-discussion information about his selection: —————————————————- Since we have a lot of non-fiction selections I think a … Continue reading

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Oslo by J.T. Rogers

At our October 2018 discussion meeting we will discuss a selection suggested by Neil Bergeson, Oslo by J.T. Rogers, Winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play, script published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Neil offers the following pre-discussion … Continue reading

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Post-Discussion Commentary regarding Dennett’s From Bacteria to Bach and Back: IV. THE BAD

Daniel C. Dennett, From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds, W.W. Norton & Company, 2017. [All page numbers in this commentary come from the 2018 paperback edition] As I have summarized in my pre7vious commentaries about this … Continue reading

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Post-Discussion Commentary regarding Dennett’s From Bacteria to Bach and Back: III. The Silly

Daniel C. Dennett, From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds, W.W. Norton & Company, 2017. [All page numbers in this commentary come from the 2018 paperback edition] [NOTE: In previous posts I have provided some pre-discussion tutorials … Continue reading

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Post-Discussion Commentary regarding Dennett’s From Bacteria to Bach and Back: II. The Good

Daniel C. Dennett, From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds, W.W. Norton & Company, 2017. [All page numbers in this commentary come from the 2018 paperback edition] [NOTE: In previous posts I have provided some pre-discussion tutorials … Continue reading

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September 2018 Selection: Billy Collins

At our September meeting we will discuss a book selected by Ron Powers: Billy Collins, AIMLESS LOVE, NEW AND SELECTED POEMS, copyright 2013.

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Post-Discussion Commentary regarding Dennett’s From Bacteria to Bach and Back: I. The Ugly

  Daniel C. Dennett, From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds, W.W. Norton & Company, 2017. [All page numbers in this commentary come from the 2018 paperback edition] While reading Dennett’s book, I encountered a strange mixture … Continue reading

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