I'm going a different route with this review, since this is a heady volume of academic scholarship, but one that is extremely relevant to our times of economic and environmental upheaval. This book was one of the most refreshing pieces of academic literature I have read in months. Moore and co. cut to chase and … Continue reading Review: Anthropocene or Capitalocene?
This book was something, truly something. And as thought-provoking as everyone who had told me about it had said. Educated by Tara Westover, is a shockingly vulnerable memoir of a woman, who takes what could be described as "beyond unorthodox" path to university. Meanwhile, she carries an incredible weight of psychological and physical abuse on … Continue reading Review: Educated
Listened to this as an audiobook narrated by the author, J.D. Vance and boy do I have a lot of thoughts about this. First, I'll comment on the actual memoir portion, which he states a kind of disclaimer in the introduction, since he is self-aware that he is only in his 30s and how unusual … Continue reading Review: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
I reviewed this book recently over at Goodreads, but I wanted to share it here. This work by David Peak, is part of my ongoing research of the horror genre and cosmic horror at large. Enjoy! Peak's book is an excellent overview of various themes of the "new horror" that has arisen in recent years … Continue reading Review: The Spectacle of the Void
WRITE SMART, WRITE HAPPY by Cheryl St. John is a fun and informative craft book on the writing life. There are all kinds of info chunks for the starting out writer and there are even a few tidbits for the longtime professional. The obvious emphasis is that writers should attempt to maintain a positive outlook … Continue reading Review: Write Smart, Write Happy
Ta-Nehisi has crafted a blunt, honest letter to his son, and in turn all of us. He does not sugar coat his experience, and unlike others that I have read of the black experience in America he does not try and fabricate a hope when he feels none. In some ways, this book is lost … Continue reading Review: Between The World And Me
The Conspiracy Against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror by Thomas Ligotti is by no means an intro text into the wild world of nihilism and subversive thinking. (Note: I use the term subversive liberally here.) Both a literary criticism and an exploration of nihilism as a perspective, Ligotti is a preeminent figure in this sphere of … Continue reading Review: The Conspiracy Against the Human Race
Deep Work is one of the best books I've read on productivity and the focused life. Cal Newport outlines what "deep work" can be in an age of shallow distractions and offers a worthy alternative. He issues the challenge to leave mediocrity behind and embrace the best possible work you can do. Newport is fully aware that … Continue reading Review: Deep Work