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On the Beach

Just finished this book. It is a gem. Some stories are great because of the tremendous imagination of the author. Some are great because of the engaging tone and style in which they are written. This book is great because every word intensifies a single emotion: despair. Not one is wasted or counterproductive. I like [...]

Review: The Next 100 Years

Just finished this fascinating book by George Friedman. It fails my first test of a book that purports to be non-fiction–it lacks a bibliography, collection of endnotes, or any other source citation mechanism–but since most of it describes events and trends that have not yet occurred, I can see how including one may have seemed [...]

Liberty and Tyranny

I recently encountered an childhood friend. We started talking politics, and it turns out that our thoughts politically have developed in very different directions. In keeping with the grand tradition of proxy war, we each agreed to choose a book for the other to read and comment on. He told me to read Liberty and [...]

Anna Karenina

I cannot deny that Tolstoy is a fine author. Still, I find myself disappointed in the book’s resolution, and happier at simply having finished than at having completed a good book. The problem is that I can’t like any of the characters, and the characters are all this book has. The philosophy is outdated, the [...]

Review: Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow

When George Orwell wrote 1984, the technology to implement the sort of surveillance state he feared didn’t yet exist. It still didn’t exist when 1984 actually rolled around; a person might be forgiven for having assumed at the time that the relevant tech would stay uninvented for the indefinite future. Just over two decades later, [...]

Word Processing Secrets for Writers

So, I asked for cool things for Christmas, and everything I got was useful. With one exception: I got one of the funniest books that I have ever read… It’s called Word Processing Secrets for Writers, was written in 1989, and is so anachronistic that it’s absurd. I just got to a section entitled “Avoiding [...]