Book Review: Diet Cults by Matt Fitzgerald

What Passes For Diet Cult Research I received an email recently from someone who tried a diet for thirty days, lost a bunch of weight, and thought I might like to write it up on my blog. I responded, In all seriousness, and said that when he: Had 100 volunteers for a test set who agreed … Continue reading Book Review: Diet Cults by Matt Fitzgerald

What If You Wasted Your Entire Life?

Leo Tolstoy and the Meaning of Life Book Review: The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Leo Tolstoy Like many wealthy and entitled young men in mid-nineteenth century Russia, Tolstoy spent his days dutifully attending to the responsibilities of a young noble while slipping through dark streets at night to enjoy the soft pleasures of the whore … Continue reading What If You Wasted Your Entire Life?

Book Review: The Devil’s Delusion, David Berlinski, Basic Books, 2009

I’ll get right to the point: there is little to review here. Unlike many boos on the same topics, this is not an argument. Rather, Berlinski has penned, and found a publisher for, a petulant rant by a well-educated highbrow who is angry that someone else gets to be the smart guy in the room. … Continue reading Book Review: The Devil’s Delusion, David Berlinski, Basic Books, 2009

The best written novella ever?

Norman Mailer is quoted as saying that he wouldn't change two words of Truman Capote's "Breakfast at Tiffany's". I won't even attempt to try to review it except to say that it's the best short thing I've read in a long, long time. I was surprised at how dark the story is compared to the … Continue reading The best written novella ever?

Good Gawd – read this book!

Book Review, The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey Good gawd. What a glorious book. The story begins bleak and droning with bright cold punctured by the briefest flash of pure joy. Mabel and Jack live lives of dark loss after Mabel births a stillborn child. They move from home in Pennsylvania to a homestead in Alaska … Continue reading Good Gawd – read this book!

RIP Wayne Dyer. Always at odds but a lifelong teacher.

Me and my imaginary buddy Wayne Dyer We made such an odd couple that I mostly kept it a secret, coming out only to best and most forgiving friends. He was deeply spiritual and viewed everything from that mushy-squishy-illogical vantage. All was one. All was love. There was no such thing as death or dying … Continue reading RIP Wayne Dyer. Always at odds but a lifelong teacher.