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Climate of Hope

Earlier this year, I visited New York City for the first time.  It was for work, but the day of landing at the airport my coworker and I checked out a few tourist areas. This was Central park, I saw the financial district later that night, as well as the Times Square, below. New Yorkians […]

Dr. Sleep

I’ve only read one Stephen King book prior to Dr. Sleep.  That book was The Shining, and the only reason I picked this up was because it’s the sequel to that book. The Shining to me stands alone as a monument of frightening reading, in the best way possible.  It tip toed around the supernatural […]

Thinking Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahnemen wrote this book published in 2011 and it is the best business book I’ve ever read.  Only it’s not really about business.  It’s about humans and how we think. This book’s many, many lessons on human thinking, heuristics, fallacies and ideas are mostly premised on two “systems” of human thought.  System 1 is […]

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

The last of three non work books I picked up last year due to needing a break from industry research, Fear and Loathing is Hunter S. Thompson‘s most renowned work, an entry into gonzo journalism which he helped to pioneer. This was the first book I’ve read of Thompson’s, and it was extremely interesting.  The […]

Thank You for Arguing

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 […]

In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

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 […]

Ham On Rye

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 […]

Consider the Lobster – David Foster Wallace

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 […]

Wolf In White Van

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 on all […]

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

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 […]

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