Where’s Batista Now That We Need Him?

Fulgencio Batista
Fulgencio Batista, 4/21/52

The recent death of Cuba’s Fidel Castro has got me thinking: I am starting to miss the glorious days of Presidente Fulgencio Batista. Continue reading “Where’s Batista Now That We Need Him?”

Peter Bates

Peter Bates is a writer and photographer living in Florida. He is the administrator of this blog and runs the blog The Bodega Project.

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How Trump Appealed to America’s Working Class

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Trump and Ford

For 35 years both political parties in the USA have backed what is called market fundamentalism, a.k.a. neoliberalism, or free trade capitalism. This unanimity was so well understood worldwide that it was called the Washington Consensus.    

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Jack Sheridan

Jack Sheridan is an engineer and amateur historian with an interest in economics and technology.

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A Stirring Il Trovatore by the St. Petersburg Opera

The St. Petersburg Opera presented an Il Trovatore that met all the requirements of a classic Verdi opera production.

Il Trovatore (St. Petersburg Opera)
Il Trovatore (St. Petersburg Opera)

IL TROVATORE. Opera by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Salvatore Cammarano. Cast: Michael Morrow (Manrico); Alexandra Batsios (Leonora); Claudia Chapa (Azucena); Christopher Clayton (Count di Luna). Stage Director: Karl W. Hesser; Costume designer: Glenn Breed; Conductor and executive director: Mark Sforzini. Produced by St. Petersburg Opera.

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Peter Bates

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Best Poems Ever about Illness

Perpetual Care by Susan Eisenberg
Perpetual Care by Susan Eisenberg

Poet Susan Eisenberg has published three previous books, all worth reading, all notable for their lack of pedantry and abstractions affecting so much poetry today. Her poems are immediate, dramatic, and firmly rooted in day-to-day reality. With this fourth volume, she reveals something personal you’d appreciate knowing about. She is unwell: a cancer survivor, she also has lupus, an insidious autoimmune disease you can read all about in Wikipedia. So what does she do? She writes about it. How? Astoundingly well.
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Peter Bates

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Did the Printing Press Cause the Protestant Reformation?

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Gutenberg Printing Press

Paper making was already in full steam in the Rhineland before Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in 1450.  It was thought that paper making was invented in Italy, but actually the Islamic world and China had preceded Western Europe by many centuries.  But once the Rhineland got going, it went full steam. Continue reading “Did the Printing Press Cause the Protestant Reformation?”

Jack Sheridan

Jack Sheridan is an engineer and amateur historian with an interest in economics and technology.

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An Affliction of Many Dimensions

My Father's Eyes by Mary Bonina
My Father’s Eyes by Mary Bonina

Perhaps this book is too modestly titled. True, it does begin as an account of the author’s father and his struggles with failing eyesight, as he falls victim to the hereditary disease of retinitis pigmentosa. In the opening scene he takes the author, a six-year old, for a seemingly harmless ride in the family car. Soon it is revealed that he can barely see the road and almost has a traffic accident. Continue reading “An Affliction of Many Dimensions”

Peter Bates

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A Reconnaissance Deep into Poem Territory

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Reconnaissance by Mark Pawlak

You may learn a lot about botany when you read Mark Pawlak’s Reconnaissance, his newest volume of verse. “No way!” you say. Continue, dear reader. Continue reading “A Reconnaissance Deep into Poem Territory”

Peter Bates

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Self-Publishing E-Books: An Interview with Author Faith Justice

Faith Justice
Faith Justice

In 2013 Faith Justice listed her book Hypatia: Her Life and Times on Amazon, both in Kindle and paperback format. In 2016 it appeared in the The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative (FL) as an e-book, both in MOBI (Kindle) and EPUB (Apple, etc.) format. How? Continue reading “Self-Publishing E-Books: An Interview with Author Faith Justice”

Peter Bates

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Review of Blu-ray Recording of Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Julius Caesar in Egypt)

Giulio Cesare in Egitto
Giulio Cesare in Egitto

Here’s a review of a DVD recording of Giulio Cesare in Egitto by Cecilia Bartoli et al, as it appears in Audiophile Audition (www.audaud.com).
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