Category Archive for "Review"

Blackstar – The Beauty of David Bowie

David Bowie died on January 10th. For me, he leaves behind him a mixed, but wondrous legacy; the work of a man who was in a state of perpetual growth and change. He adopted personas and pursued the latest trends,…

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The Black Swan

Slavoj Zizek, the Slovenian philosopher, once said that, “I secretly think reality exists so that we can speculate about it.” And it has a strange way of aligning itself with our expectations and assumptions—especially the unspoken ones. Because of this ideological…

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A Universe from Nothing – a review

I love physics. I love science. I’m one of those guys who gets flabbergasted and tongue tied at the thought of the incredible journey that our species, our planet, even our constituent elements took to get here. I understand well…

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White Boy Shuffle – The Irony of Race

I recall my introduction to African-American literature as a child. A teacher asked my small-town classroom, full of eager young white children to memorize and report on a Langston Hughes poem. I chose “A Negro Speaks of Rivers.” The poem’s…

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Danubia: the Praise of Folly

I’ve been fortunate enough to visit central Europe a number of times in my life. But for my most recent adventure, I brought along a copy of Simon Winder’s Danubia, probably the finest companion one could have for such a journey….

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As promised, Fifty Shades of Grey

Ugh. I read Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James. I want to say that I did so that you don’t have to. Honestly though, part of me thinks you should. After all, this book birthed the mommy porn genre and…

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“F” by Daniel Kehlmann

I’d never heard of Daniel Kehlmann (Measuring the World, Fame) before the novel F was recommended to me. Though I’ll confess that it was the promise of a comic German novel that ultimately put the book in my hands. After…

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Better off Without ‘Em: a Review

Better Off Without ‘Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Independence by Chuck Thompson was something of a guilty pleasure that I picked up in a moment of pique from the iBookstore a little while ago. When I was very young,…

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