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Paul Gregory Alms

Paul Gregory Alms is a Lutheran minister, writer and reader. His writing has won awards from the Associated Church Press and has appeared in many forums. His interests include history, theology, rock and roll, pop culture, and any interesting non-fiction writing. He still reads books that are printed on paper. He maintains a blog at incarnatus est.


Thursday, February 18 2010

Small Towns: Life in a Low Tech Web

To live in a small town is to be connected, and not electronically or digitally. Rather, it means to be connected to people in the flesh, to actual places, to land and buildings, to a common past.


Wednesday, March 2 2011

'Endgame': The Story of Bobby Fischer from a Chess Hero to a Paranoid Anti-Semite

This biography of Bobby Fischer traces his celebrated rise as a cold war hero at the game of chess to a strange, hateful man broadcasting hateful rants against the US and world Jewry.

Monday, February 14 2011

'Lost and Found in Russia' is a Perceptive and Sympathetic Account of Everyday Life in Russia

In small villages and out of the way towns, individuals struggle to endure in the midst of economic uncertainties and political change. In these places, Susan Richards discovers a nation that is strange, unruly and mysterious.

Thursday, December 2 2010

'Travels in Siberia' Conjures a Place That Doesn't Really Exist

Ian Frazier has a written a very fine book, an exceptional example of travel writing, and a lasting love letter to a vast and mysterious place.

Tuesday, September 21 2010

'The Great Fire of Rome' Or, The Fall of the American Idol Emperor

Stephen Dando-Collins has written an entertaining but flawed account of Nero, the Emperor more interested in his singing career than with ruling the world.

Monday, August 16 2010

A Skillful Writer Tackles Her Family History With Grace In 'I Just Lately Started Buying Wings'

Read Kim Dana Kupperman’s collection of essays for the sentences; shimmering, dancing sentences that effortlessly carry a fierce weight.


Thursday, October 21 2010

SSLYBY, Telekinesis Cover Old Chicago Power Pop Act, Green

Green, a overlooked but wonderful Chicago power pop act from the '80s, gets a nod from Someone Still Love You Boris Yeltsin and tour mates Telekinesis.

Wednesday, August 18 2010

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Streams New CD

Let It Sway, the new release by the indie pop rock foursome Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, is the next step in their evolution.

Monday, August 16 2010

Elvis Is Everywhere

On the anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, it is good to remind ourselves that Elvis is everywhere.

Thursday, August 5 2010

Mates of State Cover the Replacements

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