Depredations

I just finished “A Fate Worse Than Death,” a book on Indian captivities in the 1800s. That is, white settlers (the authors did not cover Mexican captivities), primarily from Texas, taken as hostages by Native American raiders. The subject was interesting, but like a few other popular history books I’ve read, the writing was crappy.

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Bullet in the Brain

Bullet in the Brain is a short story written by Tobias Wolff and originally published in New Yorker magazine in the September 25, 1995 issue. At just under 2,000 words,…

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Fiction is Dead

Well, maybe not dead.  But according to Buce, picking up from Tyler at Marginal Revolution, it's on the skids. That is, they both seem to feel that the quality of…

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