“A classic is a book which people praise and don’t read.” -Mark Twain I got tagged in a Book Meme on Facebook. Apparently, “the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.” I couldn’t find that stat confirmed anywhere else, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was true. … [Read more…]

Summer Reading List – Blink

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” –Groucho Marx Here we go with another Summer Reading List post. This time it’s Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink that’s up.Blink essentially takes a bunch of scientific research that is incomprehensible to the layman reader and makes it … [Read more…]

Summer Reading List – Imperial Life in the Emerald City

“Don’t make me release the flying monkeys!” – The Wizard of Oz Former Baghdad bureau chief for The Washington Post, Rajiv Chandrasekaran wrote Imperial Life about the experiences he had in Baghdad. Frankly, the book hurts. If only half of what he says is true, The Bush Administration fucked up so disgustingly it’s unbelievable. From … [Read more…]

Summer Reading List – The Shock Doctrine

“Klein derides the “disaster capitalism complex” and the profits and privatisations that go with it but she does not supply a cogently argued critique of free market principles, and without this The Shock Doctrine descends into a muddle of stories that are often worrying, sometimes interesting, and occasionally bizarre.” –Robert Cole I started Naomi Klein’s … [Read more…]

Summer Reading List – Another Update

“Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends.” –Dawn Adams I’ve, of course, only added to my original Summer Reading List. And then I added to my Updated Summer Reading List. Fortunately, it was only one book this time. So far anyway. Omnivore’s Dilemma – … [Read more…]