Democracy in America Review

Democracy in America, Tocqueville’s nineteenth century commentary inspired by his travels in America and written for his primarily French audience in an attempt to salvage that nation’s struggles with revolution and democracy, is one of those classic works that is referenced over and over in everything from newspaper editorials, to historical essays, to modern, scholarly books.

The King of Elfland’s Daughter Review

Why not simply name the book after her, if she is such an important character, or maybe name it ‘Elfland’s Princess’ or something similar?  After reading it, I think you’ll understand why a more direct title is unsuitable for this fairy tale: the titular king of Elfland’s daughter is not so much the protagonist of the story as the catalyst.

Chasing New Horizons Review

There’s always something over the next hill, just beyond the horizon, and insatiable curiosity will one day propel us to find out what it is.  I think that’s why we read, why we hike, why we write, why we build robotic spacecraft with plutonium radioisotope thermoelectric generators: we’re always Chasing New Horizons.