Summer Reading: A Hologram for the King

I select my vacation books before embarking the way other people pack their outfits: What activities will I be doing, and for how much of the time? What mood will I be in, and what books will suit it? How do I hope to feel while I’m away? And do I have enough room in … Continue reading Summer Reading: A Hologram for the King

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Summer Reading: A Short History of Nearly Everything

If there’s one thing I took away from reading Bill Bryson’s hilariously informative A Short History of Nearly Everything, it’s that science knows very little about very little (the other one being that just about everything is credited to the wrong people). Most of what we know is all from circumstantial evidence. It’s a bit … Continue reading Summer Reading: A Short History of Nearly Everything

Summer Reading: How I Came to Sparkle Again

It actually took me a while to come up with a book I could stick with long enough to finish. I started a few in different genres, but I just couldn't get anything to get it's hooks into me. Perhaps it was the low level chaos that always lurks in my house. (Young kids. Comes … Continue reading Summer Reading: How I Came to Sparkle Again

Summer Reading Week 2

Since the last book review week went well, we're doing it again this August. We're looking for reviews that tell us where you read the book and why. Date: 19--23 August 2013 Length: Whatever you like, but 500–1000 words is suggested. Pick a book you've read recently, and tell us why you read it. Tell … Continue reading Summer Reading Week 2

Summer Reading: A Contract With God

I'd heard so much about the great Will Eisner. When a copy of A Contract With God turned up in a friend's bookshelf, I asked him what he thought of it. My friend and I were fellow musicians, in between major projects. “You haven’t read it?” I affirmed that I hadn’t, and he insisted I … Continue reading Summer Reading: A Contract With God

Theme week: Books in Context

It's nearly July, and people above the equator are sitting on the beach and reading. But books are not read in isolation. There's always something going on in your life, and that will color your perception of the book. And the environment you read in changes your view of the text. We've noticed that people … Continue reading Theme week: Books in Context

Let Them Read Books

It’s a hot summer, and here in Korea, air conditioning is difficult to come by. I’ve got a small apartment, but my window unit can barely cool the living room. That means my kitchen and bedroom feel similar to what I can only imagine are the bowels of Satan after chili cook-off season. Because of … Continue reading Let Them Read Books