Category Archives: Books

Baltasar Gracian, Droppin’ Wisdom

Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658) was a Jesuit priest with a reputation as a preacher although, as his Wikipedia page states, “some of his oratorical displays, such as reading a letter sent from Hell from the pulpit, were frowned upon by his … Continue reading

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Splendid Audiobooks, and Why

Perfect match of narrator and book: The Aubry/Maturin series, narrated by Patrick Tull (written by Patrick O’Brien) A sea captain and a doctor are friends. It’s easy to see why these stories are massively popular, plus, you painlessly learn some … Continue reading

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Destiny Disrupted

You remember Tamim Ansary. He wrote that email about Afghanistan, just after 9/11, that viraled its way around the world. His Destiny Disrupted is the most enlightening and exciting political book I’ve read since Jonathan Kwitny’s Endless Enemies, the one I … Continue reading

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On Missing David Foster Wallace

Normally, it seems a bit cheesy to mourn a person whose path you never crossed. I didn’t send a flower bouquet when Princess Diana died. But when David Foster Wallace took his own life, I felt personally bereaved. (And yes, … Continue reading

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The Void Captain’s Tale by Norman Spinrad

Talking with an artist friend recently, we agreed that what we’re in it for is those peak creative times when everything flows and the ideas rush faster than we can capture them. The horrible problem, of course, is the brevity … Continue reading

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Hollywood Unlisted, by Kim Fahey

I totally adore Hollywood Unlisted. It’s one of the most interesting books I’ve run into in the past, say, ten years. Kim Fahey must be one of the most self-actualized human beings who ever strode the planet. A psychic once … Continue reading

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Hunga Dunga: Confessions of an Unapologetic Hippie

It’s been said that if you remember the Sixties, you weren’t really there. Well, that’s nonsense. Phil Polizatto remembers, and that’s why we have this amazing, delicious fictionalized memoir to read. The narrator, Giacco Giordano, was an omnisexual youth in … Continue reading

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