Geoffrey Fox

Reflections & Inquiries

The journey continues

2019.01.01

My resolutions for the new year include continuations of projects begun last year or many years before. From last year: reviews of books read in 2018 but as yet unreviewed, and completion of my promised series of reports on our ten-day tour of Iran, last September. From earlier: Completion of my novel The Bookbinder Improved … read more »

Homo Phantasiosus

2018.12.23

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari My rating: 4 of 5 stars Very enjoyable history of humanity, cleverly written and very comprehensive. At times I felt that I was reading “World History for Dummies,” because with such a broad scope, a lot of the coverage is almost inevitably superficial. You will … read more »

In Iran — unexpected art

2018.12.14

This is a continuation of the series, “10 Days in Iran,” on our 12-person tour with The Nation magazine. For the earlier notes, click on “Previous” at the bottom of this page or go to Day 1 here. Before continuing our travels (from Kashan we’ll be heading to Isfahan), here’s a note on a magnificent … read more »

In Iran, 5: Weaving a culture

2018.12.12

This is a continuation of the series, “10 Days in Iran,” on our 12-person tour with The Nation magazine. For the earlier notes, click on “Previous” at the bottom of this page or go to Day 1 here. On Monday, September 10, we arrived at the modest but quite comfortable Manoucherie Hotel in  Kashan   … read more »

In Iran, 4: Underground

2018.11.27

For earlier notes on our Iran tour, see Iran 1: Ten days in Iran,  2: The empire at the center of the world and 3: Imam Khomeini blinks? Monday, September 10, was our group’s 4th day in Iran, the day to board the bus for a three-hour trip south from Tehran to the much smaller … read more »