A lesson in mercy

I'd never read The Merchant of Venice until tonight. And I do not have significant exposure to Shakespeare generally. In this Year of Mercy, I found the discussion of mercy and justice very profound. In Act IV, Scene 1, Portia, acting as the judge, is discussing with Shylock his insistence that Antonio pay a pound of … Continue reading A lesson in mercy

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Wing Tip (Sherry Boas)

What does a priest do when faced with several startling revelations, all at the time of his mother's death? That is what awaits in this novel by local Phoenix author, Sherry Boas. The novel takes the reader through a short period in the life of Fr. Dante. After receiving a letter from his mother after … Continue reading Wing Tip (Sherry Boas)

If Aristotle’s Kid Had an iPod (Conor Gallagher)

This is a book I wish I had written (Mr. Gallagher, like me, is a lawyer and has an MA in philosophy from Catholic University). The book was enjoyable to read, but it was also a wonderful introduction to Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics for common folks. Despite the silly title, this book is a serious but … Continue reading If Aristotle’s Kid Had an iPod (Conor Gallagher)