Download the Synopses Handouts for Friday’s Remote First Friday Book Synopsis – July 3, 2020

Well over 100 people are joining us on our “Remote” First Friday Book Synopsis gatherings. We had participants from all over the country. Please share this word far and wide — all are welcome! July 3, 2020 – Zoom Two Book Synopses: The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger andStamped from the Beginning by Ibram X, Kendi. Read More

This Friday, (July 3) Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi – a few thoughts about informed conversation

THE TITLE STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING comes from a speech that Mississippi senator Jefferson Davis gave on the floor of the US Senate on April 12, 1860. “This Government was not founded by negroes nor for negroes,” but “by white men for white men,” Davis lectured his colleagues. The bill was based on the false Read More

From Karl – My Books: This Month and Last Month – July/June

Here are the newest books that I have read recently: (Note:  The books marked with a (*) are current best-sellers) Current Books (July, 2020) Countdown 1945 by Chris Wallace* The Room Where it Happened by John Bolton* My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor Operation: Rescue by Varian Fry You Can’t Hit the Ball with the Bat on Your Shoulder by Barry Bragan —————————————————— Recent Books (June, 2020) Read More

A note about our conflicting blog posts regarding Confederate Statues

A note from Randy Mayeux: I am writing this to help readers understand some conflicting messages on this blog. ————– Since the beginning of the First Friday Book Synopsis in 1998,  I (Randy Mayeux) and Karl Krayer shared the presentations, and we each wrote on this blog. A few years ago, Karl Krayer suffered a Read More

A Different View from a Black Author on Statues

We have yet another crisis in America.  We watch illegal destruction of private and public property, including national monuments.  Watching others stand around while destroying property in appalling.  The question about is real:  “Who gives someone the right to decide that one statute will stand, while another does not.”  The argument seems to focus on what statutes symbolically stand for, instead of what are actually are.  We have learned that It is a very old mistake – the symbol is not the referent.  When people confuse this premise, we will continue we have many problems. You cannot change history.  Read More