Category Archives: Books

Binge Watching Great Movies about Real Conspiracies that Affect Us All

I was on a short business trip recently and had a chance to view three new movies about real conspiracies that affect us all. This prompted me to go back and re-watch some documentaries from the recent past. Talk about dark night of the soul! Here are my brief reviews in no particular order… Spotlight I was […]

Idiot America by Charles Pierce

Idiot America How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free Charles Pierce (2009) This short confection of a book has a serious message… When “cranks” become mainstream and large segments of the population take them seriously, our entire society is at risk! He’s not against people with unconventional ideas, in fact he […]

The Amazing Talks of RSAnimate

I’ve been a big fan of the RSA Podcast for several years now. All of these talks are worth listening too, and many are true gems! The best have been rendered in the brilliant “animated whiteboard” style of CognitiveMediaUK. I finally figured out how to create a “channel” for them on YouTube. Here is a sample by Daniel […]

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

A Confederacy of Dunces is one of my all time favorites! The story behind the book is almost as improbable… a first novel by a young unknown author who then commits suicide… a mother who refuses to give up after many rejections… a little help from an academic and the NEA… once published it takes […]

A Deeper Look at Dr. Seuss

This should give you a chuckle! Commentator Chris Menning posted these updated covers for several classic children’s books by Dr. Seuss.     Here is a list of related writing and analysis… Ten Stories Behind Dr. Seuss Stories Dr. Seuss: Management Guru Dr. Seuss Analyzed for Political, Social Effects The Study of Business Ethics: A case […]

The March of Folly by Barbara Tuchman Redux

This classic is finally available as an audiobook! Still relevant after all these years, and a must read for anyone interested in political history. Government remains the paramount area of folly because it is there that men seek power over others — only to lose it over themselves. Previous Post and Quotes

Descartes’ Bones by Russell Shorto

This entertaining little book sheds light on many subjects. First, it is a concise biography of the life and ideas of René Descartes. He outlines how Descartes’ Discourse on the Method led to the birth of the modern era. He also gives a clear overview of Cartesian Dualism and why we struggle with it to this day. […]

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson (2004) Just finished reading this delightful survey of modern scientific thought and the history of how we got here. Some of the biographical vignettes are truly inspiring, and others heartbreaking. I found only one area where recent discovery has superseded his account—so called “junk” DNA. It is now known […]

The Plague by Albert Camus

One of the great novels of the twentieth century. Also one of the most powerful expressions of existentialism and humanism ever written. I reviewed this book for the Narrative Medicine Series in 2002. See also the article A Hero for Our Times published in The Guardian. The Plague is an allegorical novel set in the […]

Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin

Just finished listening to a fascinating interview with Temple Grandin about autism, humane treatment of livestock and the connections between the two. Her new book is Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best life for Animals.