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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 [...]

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 [...]

Siddhartha

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 [...]

Grendel

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 [...]

The Border Trilogy: Cormac McCarthy

A good friend had told me about Cormac McCarthy some years ago and it’s taken me a while to actually pick up any of his works.  After scanning Amazon, it seemed like The Border Trilogywas a good place to start.  Turns out that premonition was correct, it is quite good.
The first of three novels is [...]

To Kill A Mockingbird

Harper Lee wrote a fantastic book back in 1960. Apparently she still makes $9000 per day from it today.I’ve read it before, when I was in junior high school, but had since forgotten most of the plot.  The fact that it was in the deep south and was about an older time was about all [...]

The Chronic, What? The Chronicles of Narnia

I hadn’t read C.S. Lewis since being very young.  We always had a few of the Chronicles of Narnia books in hardback floating around, but never the whole set.  So I saw the set a few months ago and decided to spring back into my childhood for about 800 pages.
I’m not religious, though I was [...]

Infinite Jest by Davide Foster Wallace

I really didn’t know what I was getting into, honestly.
Back in early October of last year, I pointed to a few videos around the idea of “this is water” and after decided that I should read some of his works.  It seemed that “Infinite Jest” was his most remarked and well reflected upon book, so [...]

Player Piano

After a month and a half of reading, I finished Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut.  It is a book about a future where everything is automated.  It doesn’t seem a dystopia, but it’s no utopia either.
The world has been engineered to optimize all different tasks humans take on.  In time, this automation has rendered many [...]

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