The last few months I’ve been reading a book called “Thank You for Arguing,” which is dedicated to understanding and improving the important art of rhetoric. Of all skill sets in life, I’d imagine that the capability to utilize rhetoric effectively in personal or group discussions will likely have the largest impact on your career [...]
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I’ve been reading a lot lately, well really the last year. A very large amount of that has been work reading–learning about solar power, climate change, decarbonization of the planet andelectrification of our power systems. But about two months ago, I hit a wall. I was tired of reading for an hour every night about [...]
Charles Bukowski is a writer I’ve been hearing about, off and on, for years. He has been referenced in songs of musical artists I follow, as well as friends recommending his work. Still, I didn’t find the time to actually read one of his books until my recent vacation.
Ham On Rye is a seemingly autobiographical [...]
Before the last year ended, I completed the book “Consider the Lobster” by DFW. He was a truly impressive writer in many regards. His ability to explain his internal thought process in a witty and endearing fashion was above his peers. This book is actually an amalgamation of essays he had put together over the [...]
Having completed Catch 22 a month ago, it was time to pick up a new book. I’d asked for a Wolf In White Van during Christmas. John Darnielle is one of my all time favorite writers, but only as a singer songwriter in the Mountain Goats. His song writing is truly exceptional, taking [...]
Over the last few months, I’ve been reading Catch 22 by Joseph Heller.
It’s a longer book, with a meandering storyline initially which follows the wartime travails of John Yossarian in the waning missions of WWII. John is a pilot flying missions dropping bombs and avoiding shrapnel fire from the land defenses over which he and [...]
Perhaps Herman Hesse’s most famous work, Siddhartha is a short, but intense story of one man’s life.
I’ve only read one other book by Hesse — Steppenwolf. They are starkly different books. Siddhartha is very much a confident and exuberant individual initially, and sees life as a book meant to be opened and interpreted freely. He [...]
John Gardner created an antihero explanation of Beowulf most memorable villain in 1971.
For those of you unfamiliar with Beowulf (I’ve never read it), it’s renowned as an incredibly important poem due to being the oldest known existing poem from English literature. For an easy, and entertaining way to understand the story, you can watch the [...]
It has been very slow in terms of posts lately. The main reason is that I don’t sit down at my computer downstairs much any more, and can’t really type on an iPad or other device in such a manner that makes writing posts time efficient. I’m considering getting a personal laptop in the future, [...]
I began reading Dune while in Belize. It is an epic tale of a prescient son who would become leader of a foreign sand planet, Arrakis (or Dune, to outsiders.)
The characters and ideas presented in this book are very unique. It covers off on the interesting side of interplanetary economics, biology and science. It adds [...]