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27 08, 2016

Review: Andy and Don by Daniel de Vise

By | August 27th, 2016|Categories: Biographies, Nonfiction, Pop Culture, Social Sciences|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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andy and don book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Was there ever anywhere on earth more congenial than Mayberry? The made-for-television version, that is, which was home to Sheriff Andy Taylor and his deputy Barney Fife. Otherwise known as Andy Griffith and Don Knotts.

This enjoyable book is a long and loving, detailed look at the two men; their similarities and their differences. It is very even-handed, displaying with great sensitivity the sunny upsides along with the dark and melancholy undersides.

Although Andy and Don doesn’t spare the unhappy parts, it is not ever mean-spirited, presenting the facts just as they happened. Andy and Don were, after all, one of the most famous comedy duos in America, and every comedy act has its sad counterpart.

26 03, 2010

Review: Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy by William Irwin and Richard Brian Davis

By | March 26th, 2010|Categories: Nonfiction, Philosophy, Pop Culture, Social Sciences|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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alice in wonderland and philosophy book coverReviewed by Scott B.

Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy: Curiouser and Curiouser takes up the most serious piece of art or literature in the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series, edited by William Irwin. (Other titles in the series deal mainly with TV shows or movies.) It consists of fourteen footnoted chapters, written mostly by professors of philosophy or graduate students.

Divided into four parts, this analysis of the world of Alice, as found in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, often falls short as either a defense of philosophy or an insightful treatment of these masterpieces of nonsense literature.

A few authors are more intent on grinding an ax than on examining Alice in her dream world—feminism, anti–Cold War jargon, logic is important (you silly undergrads), induction is the way to go, philosophical realism (reality is real), and, yes, there is such a