Category: Books

  • Wright’s Going Clear

    Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief Lawrence Wright Exhaustive, fascinating dive in the history of Scientology from the brainchild of disturbed novelist and serial grifter L Ron Hubbard to the leadership of disturbed control freak David Miscavige. I found this absorbing from start to finish and I’m still not sure if scientology was […]

  • Krakauer’s Eiger Dreams

    Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men And Mountains John Krakauer A collection of Krakauers early works, pre best seller, stuff focused on the world of rock climbing. Some of this is hilarious to read now (have you heard of this new thing called “bouldering”? Its getting kind of popular) and some of it still feel fresh (canyoneering […]

  • Carrère’s The Adversary

    The Adversary: A True Story of Monstrous DeceptionEmmanuel Carrère  An incredible book. The story of a man who lived a lie for years and years until it all came crashing down around him and how reflecting on this life effected the writer. I’d never heard of before this book, but the writer is so eerily […]

  • Gittlitz’s I Want To Believe

    I Want to Believe: Posadism, UFOs and Apocalypse CommunismA.M. Gittlitz Ohhh boy this one is niche. The story of the rise of Posadism, perhaps the strangest of Trotskyite political sects, and trust me when I say Trotskyite sects can get pretty weird. Here is Posadism – a Trotskyite sect arising first out of the leftist […]

  • Bowden’s Killing Pablo

    Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World’s Greatest OutlawMark Bowden Dad book. Tick tock of the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar written by the dude who brought you Black Hawk Down. In hindsight, I don’t know why I even bothered to read this book – I already know more than enough about Escobar and […]

  • Morrison’s Beloved

    BelovedToni Morrison I always feel absurd writing these little reviews when what I am reviewing is a work of genius, a masterpiece of literature. Like what do I have to add to the conversation around Beloved? Basically, nothing. I’ll say that it’s massive popularity may lead one to think it’s an easy book. It isn’t. […]

  • Koeppel’s To See Every Bird on Earth: A Father, a Son, and a Lifelong Obsession

    To See Every Bird on Earth: A Father, a Son, and a Lifelong Obsession  Dan Koeppel A wonderful little memoir of a father and son relationship where the son is a professional journalist and the dad has seen more birds than almost anyone else on earth. This is partly about coming to adulthood and trying […]

  • Fleming’s Surviving the Future

    Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market EconomyDavid Fleming Man what an odd little book. In the Spring of 2020 when the NoVo foundation, led by Peter Buffet (yes, that Buffet) drastically changed much of its programing focus a flurry of articles came out about why. A number of […]

  • Morrison’s Song of Solomon

    Song of SolomonToni Morrison Of the Morrison novels I’ve read (and I have not read them all, yet!) this is my favorite. It is an absolute work of genius, full stop. Stunning from the first page to the last. I find it hard to explain Morrison’s genius. Yes, she has incomparable technical skill – her […]

  • King’s Where Do We Go From Here

    Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos or CommunityDr. Martin Luther King Dr. King’s last book and as relevant now as the day he wrote it. It’s easy to forget how radical King was, especially in his final years. Calling not only for Black liberation, but for an end to the Vietnam war, and demanding […]