Reviews from 06/2017

West Side Story

film reviewed by Rob Mason on 25 June 2017

Today (Sunday) I went to see the musical, “West Side Story” playing at the Civic Theatre.  My reaction was that it was intensely emotional.  This was attributable to the wonderful music of Leonard Bernstein and with expressive lyrics by Stephen Sondheim’s, and breath-taking choreography by Jerome Robbins.

West Side Story is an award-winning musical adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy, "Romeo and Juliet". The feuding families become two warring New York City gangs, the white Jets led by Riff and the Puerto Rican Sharks, led by Bernardo. The two gangs…Read

Philosophy of Physics

Book reviewed by Rob Mason on 20 June 2017

Does the future exist already? What is space? Are time machines physically possible? What is quantum mechanical reality like? Are there many universes? Is there a ‘true’ geometry of the universe?


Reality is not what it Seems

reviewed by Rob Mason on 19 June 2017

“A living organism is a system which continually re-forms itself in order to remain itself, interacting ceaselessly with the external world.  Of such organisms, only those continue to exist which are more efficient at doing so and, therefore, living organisms manifest properties which have suited them for survival. For this reason, they are interpretable, and we interpret them, in terms of intentionality, of purpose. The finalistic aspects of the biological world are therefore the result of the selection of complex forms effective in persisting. But the effective way of continuing to exist in a changing world is…Read


Book reviewed by Rob Mason on 5 June 2017

Steppenwolf; by Hermann Hesse is about one man's spiritual journey towards self-knowledge. Nearly 90 years on, its message to readers retains a religious intensity: we must explore ourselves and keep doing so. If we don't, then our lives become living deaths.

In writing Steppenwolf, Hesse drew on his own spiritual crisis. After leaving his wife in the mid-1920s, Hesse lived an isolated life in Basel, reaching suicidal depths of despair. This might explain Harry's painfully accurate descriptions of depression, which have perhaps been matched since only by William Styron's Darkness Visible.<…Read