I have an undated edition of this booklet, and don't know if it has since been updated. My copy describes events that happened in the 1940s. I don't a...moreI have an undated edition of this booklet, and don't know if it has since been updated. My copy describes events that happened in the 1940s. I don't agree with everything in it. She recommends lots of sun bathing, a bad idea in these days of ozone depletion and melanoma. Maybe it was not as harmful in Denmark, where she practiced, or early and late in the day. She claims that "our patients are fortified by their diet against the more intense rays of the sun." Would dermatologists agree?
Her use of milk, potatoes, and dried grains, even in their raw state, is questionable in cancer. The casein in milk is contra-indicated, according to some modern sources, because it promotes rapid cell growth. Potatoes are nightshades and raw grains are hard to digest. She strongly recommends garlic, calling it a miracle food, which it is not. The Natural Hygiene school regards garlic as a toxic irritant, and it is for me. I vomit when I eat garlic, and I’m not allergic to it. She makes some interesting observations about cancer and raw foods, and her regimen has a lot to recommend it, but this booklet is mostly argument and testimonial. She claims that she had a large malignant tumor that diminished in size and was "converted into the most benign form in existence." If true, she must have been doing something right, and this booklet does tell you what she did and did not do. I have been unable to follow up on her to determine how long she lived after her alleged remission.
These are the recollections of a Russian emigre in France, on a mission to heal the rift between the Catholic and Orthodox Christian churches. A conve...moreThese are the recollections of a Russian emigre in France, on a mission to heal the rift between the Catholic and Orthodox Christian churches. A convert to the Catholic faith, she tries to reconcile her Orthodox friends by emphasizing their common roots and beliefs. She draws on the teachings of her philosopher friends Jacques Maritain, a Catholic, and Nicholas Berdiaeff, an Orthodox, both of whom had abandoned materialism and socialism in favor of spiritual values and Christian humanism. They all believed in personalism, the primacy of the person over the state. She calls for Christian humanism, citing the papal encyclicals of Leo XIII and Pius XI. She describes in detail the French religious and social movements in which she was involved, including youth groups such as Emmanuel Mounier’s “Esprit.”
Communism and Nazism were threatening France. The title of this book refers to the approaching “dusk of civilization” represented by those totalitarian forces. She condemns them both as materialistic and inimical to human freedom. Christians must be independent, not forced to choose between what Maritain called “the right complex” and “the left complex.” “France could be saved only by a complete renovation, not only economic, but moral and spiritual.” She calls for “a spiritual wall against totalitarian influences,” a genuine spiritual revolution. Three chapters describe the difficulties of living in France under German control, even in the so-called free zone. She fled to America in 1941 because she could not do her work under Nazi domination.
The author assumes that the reader knows something about events in France in those days, but she was a gifted writer and this is an easy read for anyone at all familiar with the subject matter. Recommended to readers interested in religion and spirituality, ecumenism, Christian humanism, and French history and philosophy during the 1930s.
A history of medicine that probes into pre-medical times and asks, how did people live and care for their sick before medicine? Speculating on the bio...moreA history of medicine that probes into pre-medical times and asks, how did people live and care for their sick before medicine? Speculating on the biologic and physiologic needs of prehistoric people, it concludes that they did very well without doctors and medicines, before their “fatal breach with nature.”
Shelton denounces medicine, calling it voodoo, the practice of poisoning the sick. He denies all claims of medical “progress.” How can there be “progress” in a system based on untruth? Medicine is not a natural science. He discusses medical doctors from the distant past: Hippocrates, Galen, Paracelsus. Schools of “so-called healing” at Sumer, Crete, Egypt, Greece, etc.
He lashes out at superstition, sorcery, priestcraft, astrology, the idea that angry gods or evil spirits cause disease. “Medicinal herbs” are poisons. Homeopathy is “a system of drugging.”
He challenges “the Darwinian myth,” which says that only the fittest survive to evolve. Says Shelton, modern man is inferior in health and fitness to his prehistoric ancestors. Where others see evolution, Shelton sees devolution. He calls for a return to the primal instincts of the past and a rejection of the conditioned reflexes of domestication. He calls for a return to hygiene, to the body’s innate ability to heal itself, because healing comes from within, not from external forces acting upon the body. “There are no healing agents.”
A remarkable book, rich in erudition but wordy and repetitive at times. Could be better organized. Worth reading because of the importance of the issues it raises. I’d like to see an artfully-condensed version in a larger, more readable type.
Everything you ever wanted to know about growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the 1950s. The author sticks to the facts as she experienced them,...moreEverything you ever wanted to know about growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the 1950s. The author sticks to the facts as she experienced them, but embellishes them with creative wordplay and philosophical and psychological observations. She occasionally uses semi-intelligible poetic imagery.
She digresses into her hobbies: rock collecting, mineralogy, insects, moths, butterflies, etc. But are they really digressions? She describes her life as “crawling on my pin,” as if she were an insect impaled on a pin in a display case. I know the feeling!
As this book is nonfiction, it could benefit from a picture section. What did the author and her family look like in those days?
Recommended to Pittsburghers, who will appreciate the local references and local history. This book is very much about Pittsburgh, its people and places. It is also a book about growing up. Childhood is a state of being asleep, says the author. Children live in an internal world. Growing up is a process of awakening from sleep, of opening to an external world, of noticing things previously unnoticed. Of shedding indifference to the world outside of oneself. She describes the ups and downs, mostly downs, of the process as it happened to her, until she “vanished into a blinded rage.” (less)
A funny book with appropriately bizarre artwork by Hunt Emerson. A satire on a classic book. A sense of humor (or humour) is required of the reader. T...moreA funny book with appropriately bizarre artwork by Hunt Emerson. A satire on a classic book. A sense of humor (or humour) is required of the reader. This is a cartoon version, not to be taken too seriously, but it follows the plot of the original. The artwork is outstanding.(less)
This is a photo album of the city of Arcata, California. The photos are arranged by subject matter, not by chronology. They date from as far back as t...moreThis is a photo album of the city of Arcata, California. The photos are arranged by subject matter, not by chronology. They date from as far back as the 1850s. Some are undated. One is dated incorrectly (page 17). A few are recent. The captions could be worded more clearly. Some don’t make much sense (pages 85 and 121). There is an erratum on page 19. This book needs editing. But it is the pictures that make the book, and they don’t lie. They are slices of the past, of an uncrowded world of quiet and streets unchoked by traffic!
Good coverage of local schools, industries, businesses, pastimes, prominent families. Occasional mention of the original inhabitants, the Wiyot Indians. Lots of history here. Recommended to interested locals. (less)
The story of the so called Italo-Ethiopian war of 1935-1936 by a reporter on the ground. It was an invasion rather than a war, and uncannily similar t...moreThe story of the so called Italo-Ethiopian war of 1935-1936 by a reporter on the ground. It was an invasion rather than a war, and uncannily similar to the American invasion of Iraq in 2003. (less)
Amazingly detailed bio of Cowley, his life—including his inner life—and his development as a poet and man of letters to age thirty-two. Derived from h...moreAmazingly detailed bio of Cowley, his life—including his inner life—and his development as a poet and man of letters to age thirty-two. Derived from his voluminous correspondence with his literary contemporaries, his private notebooks, his published and unpublished writings, poems, and book reviews. And from interviews with the Cowleys at their Connecticut home.
There is talk about aesthetics, poetics, the mechanics of poetry: rhyming schemes, free verse/modernism versus classicism, etc. They are relevant because they were important to Cowley, but can be dead wood to readers who are not interested in them. And there is literary criticism. Lots of good insights into other, mostly American, authors. Because Cowley believed that literature was a collaborative effort, to be viewed within the context of contemporary literary trends.
My main complaint is the size of the type—too small for reading comfort. I had to use a magnifying glass. This is too big a book to read under such conditions, so I will never finish it. I’d like to see a condensed version in larger, more readable, type, with some illustrations. This version has only one illustration. But it will tell you everything you might want to know about Cowley’s formative years. (less)
Action-packed adventure story suitable for young readers interested in history or aviation or England. A fictional account of an English farm family n...moreAction-packed adventure story suitable for young readers interested in history or aviation or England. A fictional account of an English farm family near London during the Blitzkreig, circa 1940. Describes air raids, air battles over England, and life in the London underground shelters. The female protagonist, normally a sheep herder, becomes a singer in an air raid shelter. A visiting American tells himself that it is not his war, but gets involved in it anyway, for reasons which I will let the reader discover. The historical background of this book is plausible. The plot may be improbable at times.(less)
A good biography of Will Cuppy has been long overdue. I even considered writing one myself, but no need now. This one is well done. Thoroughly researc...moreA good biography of Will Cuppy has been long overdue. I even considered writing one myself, but no need now. This one is well done. Thoroughly researched, it draws on Cuppy’s books, but also on his reviews of mystery stories, his correspondence, and other sources both published and unpublished. Even his personal scrapbooks! For years I’ve been wanting to visit the Cuppy papers at the University of Chicago. That hasn’t worked out, but this is the next best thing.
It discusses his politics and his sexual orientation, concluding that he was apolitical and asexual. His curious relationship with his mentor, Isabel Paterson. His need for emotional and professional support. The “subtextual codes” in his writing. His suicidal tendencies. His creative use of footnotes. It puts him into context with contemporary satirists such as Robert Benchley, James Thurber, and S. J. Perelman. It compares him to Groucho Marx, Henry David Thoreau, and others.
The author is a professor of film, and it shows. He injects films into this book more than Cuppy’s life would warrant. Cuppy was not a movie star and did not write for the movies. Why then are so many of the illustrations in this book from Hollywood movies? But there are some gems, including two portraits of Cuppy in his youth.
Author Gehring admires Cuppy but is critical of him, even to calling him a “man/child.” This book illuminates Cuppy’s enigmatic character and adds dimensions to his persona. Recommended to Cuppy fans. It will help them spot the undercurrents in his life and work.