Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Mary Renault

By: Saturday November 15, 2014 11:45 am

I remember seeing some of Renault’s books at my grandmother’s as I was growing up but I had not read anything until I was in college when The King Must Die was part of the required reading for one of my classes. I think the class was History of Social Thought which was one of the required courses for my Sociology major. Regardless of the class, I read the book, enjoyed the story and now had another author of historical fiction covering one of the eras that had always fascinated me. It was easy for me to pick up and read the sequel to The King Must Die which was The Bull from the Sea.

 

Them

By: Sunday March 6, 2011 9:30 am

In today’s politico-media sphere it is easier than ever to define some evil Other and blame “them” for the problems “we” face. The right-wing attacks on teachers and other public servants are the most recent example of a pernicious human habit that is now and always has been a real threat to a civilization’s social, political and economic viability.

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