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How to Honor the Fallen on Memorial Day

Keep the Clarity of Mind of William Tecumseh Sherman

Take a look even today at a map of the Southeastern United States – like Rome of old, all roads lead to Atlanta.  So it was when the city fell to Union troops on September 2, 1864, to be followed by Sherman’s famous (or infamous, if you are a “Lost Cause” romantic) march to the sea.  In the larger scheme of things; i.e. political, economic and psychological,  the fall of Atlanta had far more significance than either the battle of Gettysburg or the fall of Vicksburg; the two events most hailed as turning points.  Before its fall, Lincoln was about to be beaten in the presidential election by George McClellan, who was running on a platform of accommodation with the Confederacy. Before its fall and the march to the sea, most of the South’s railroads and manufacturing (such as they were) were still in operation.  Before its fall, desertion in the Confederate armies was at least somewhat manageable.  All of that changed, and the end of the war was in sight.

Custer’s Unpublished Letters vs. Woke America

One of the pleasures of working for a venerable publishing house with an attic full of musty files is digging through long forgotten correspondence. A few years ago, I was engaged in just such an endeavor and came upon a bit of historical gold.

A Bonfire of Reason

A third of the way into Tom Wolfe’s classic novel of the 1980’s, The Bonfire of the Vanities, a darkly comedic scene unfolds around Assistant District Attorney Larry Kramer shortly after he starts investigating the case of Henry Lamb, a teenager who was the apparent victim of a hit-and-run.

Star Trek Vs Stargate

Aliens, interstellar adventures, and existential threats to the universe as we know it. While this may sound like a description of Star Trek, Stargate shares a number of themes at a variety of levels. Let’s look at a few of those as well as the differences between the two.

What Remains of The Remains of the Day?

I can see myself, standing in a local video rental store, circa 1995, holding a hard plastic covered copy of  and thinking, “How badly do I want to see this movie?”

Catching Up with Author Jon Del Arroz

I initially interviewed Jon Del Arroz after his novel Justified: The Saga of the Nano Templar book came out. (It is now part of a series.) He is a prolific author. He’s published steampunk novels like For Steam and Country and science fiction works like The Stars Entwined. That’s why I thought it was necessary to catch up with him on his latest projects.


Another “Battlestar Galactica” Reboot?

The original “Battlestar Galactica” series aired in 1978. It was rebooted in 2004 and ran through 2007. I’ll ignore movies like “Razor” and “The Plan”. There are proposals to reboot “Battlestar Galactica” yet again. I asked why we’d have another reboot, and I was met by confusion. What other reboot was there? It was the short run sequel “Galactica 1980”. And it has been forgotten even by fans of the original series.