Category Archives: Book Review

Monbiot Gets Wild About Rewilding

Book Review: “Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life” by George Monbiot Off the Top of My Head By Paul Murray Oxford-educated Zoologist and writer George Monbiot takes on the subject of rewilding in his latest book “Feral” and … Continue reading

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The Incredible Adventures of a Swedish Centenarian

Off the Top of my Head By Paul Murray   Book Review: “The 100-year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared” By Jonas Jonasson     A fertile imagination is not something you’d expect from a person with … Continue reading

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Artist Crumb Illustrates Writer Bukowski

Two grand masters of irreverence come together By Maria Popova In the early 1990s, two titans of the artfully cynical and subversive joined forces in an extraordinary collaboration: Legendary cartoonist and album cover artist Robert Crumb illustrated two short books by Charles Bukowski, … Continue reading

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Tokyo X: Orwellian Photographs of Modern Japan

  Book Review by Paul Murray   In 1984, veteran Tokyo-based photographer Shunji Ohkura was channel surfing and came across a television documentary discussing George Orwell’s novel “1984.”The programme was debating whether the modern world was a manifestation of Orwell’s … Continue reading

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Yoshihiro Takishita: Mr Minka

Off the Top of My Head By Paul Murray    From a vantage point on wooded Mt Genji overlooking the ancient city of Kamakura, Yoshihiro Takishita relaxes in his stately antique home after returning from a U.S. book tour.  His … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes of U.S. History with Stone and Kuznick

Off the Top of My Head By Paul Murray “The Untold History of the United States,” a collaboration between filmmaker Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick, yields a masterful account of U.S. political history and presents a perspective rarely seen … Continue reading

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HHhH: Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich

Off the Top of My Head By Paul Murray   HHhH is the unusual title of a very interesting historical novel by French author Laurent Binet. The title is an acronym from the German phrase “Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich,” (Himmler’s brain … Continue reading

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