Category archives for: Book Reviews

Spinning The Lathe of Heaven

Recreational reading is getting harder and harder to fit in so when I pick something for pleasure I usually need a connection to something in order to ensure it’s not a complete waste of my time. Such was the case with The Lathe Of Heaven. I was first turned on to Ursula K. Le Guin […]

A Rite of Spring

Spring bursts forth, sometimes from fresh seeds and sometimes from roots that were established many years before. During my first semester at George Mason University I was fortunate enough to stumble into a college course that had a profound effect on me. The course was listed as “Altered States of Consciousness in American and English […]

The Perfect App to Manage Online Reading – Pocket

The internet can be a blessing and a curse for productivity. Having the answer to any question, as well as the latest developments in every endeavor known to man, is a boon the likes of which previous generations could only dream about. However, that wealth of information can send you off on tangents that will absolutely […]

Animal Farm – Pick It Up Again

Arriving home late one evening I sat at the kitchen table eating a warmed up plate of food when I spied a little paperback perched on a pile of papers. I flipped it over to see, Animal Farm by George Orwell. It seems my teenage daughter was supposed to have read the classic fairy story […]

Animal Farm – Pick It Up Again

Arriving home late one evening I sat at the kitchen table eating a warmed up plate of food when I spied a little paperback perched on a pile of papers. I flipped it over to see, Animal Farm by George Orwell. It seems my teenage daughter was supposed to have read the classic fairy story and […]

Pirates Crews and the Constitutional Republic

In economics, the invisible hand of the market is a metaphor conceived by Adam Smith to describe the self-regulating behavior of the marketplace. In The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates, economist Peter Leeson plays off the metaphor to examine how life aboard pirate vessels mimicked self-regulating behavior and examines how the impact of their sociopolitical […]

Truth is Scarier Than Fiction in ‘Methland’

A few of my friends have asked me if I watch Breaking Bad , the meth fueled, catastrophe in progress drama that has grabbed fans attention as the final eight episodes are metered out.  I initially stayed away from the series because it struck me as depressing. It looked like a voyeuristic journey into depravity and […]

The End of Big – A Short Read About Big Things

The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath by Nicco Mele examines the pressure that radical connectivity is applying to big institutions that are the bulwarks of modern society. A friend of mine and I were discussing local school issues and he suggested the book to me. So I ordered it […]

The End of Big – A Short Read About Big Things

The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath by Nicco Mele examines the pressure that radical connectivity is applying to big institutions that are the bulwarks of modern society. A friend of mine and I were discussing local school issues and he suggested the book to me. So I ordered it…

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