This much is already known: for every sensible line of straightforward statement, there are leagues of senseless cacophonies, verbal jumbles and incoherences. – Jorge Luis Borges, “The Library of Babel” In one of his most famous stories, Argentine metaphysical author Jorge Luis Borges positions his narrator in the fictitious and eponymous Library of Babel, wherein […]Read more "We Are the Library: Borges and the Search for Meaning"
Following up on Monday’s musical retrospective, it’s time to award some superlatives to the books that I read in 2014. Straying even farther from release dates than with my musical entry, this list reflects books that I read in 2014, not necessarily books that were released this year. Most Hyped Book (That I Didn’t Really Like) – […]Read more "2014: What I Read"
At this point I’ve read all of John Green’s books and enjoyed each of them immensely. I’ve also become a big fan of the VlogBrothers as I slowly make my way through their massive catalog of videos. Despite my age placing me slightly outside of the group’s target demographic, I am proudly a Nerdfighter. If […]Read more "Let It Snow"
I wrote earlier about the truth in the old cliché that you should never judge a book by it’s cover. And while that remains true, sometimes reading a book because of its awesome cover can still be the right choice. Though I had read Siddhartha and enjoyed it, the book wasn’t particularly transformational for me and […]Read more "The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse"
We’ve come to the part of the year where candy and sweets are everywhere, all the time. You pretty much won’t be able to escape cookies and pies and chocolate flavored toothpaste until after New Year’s Day at this point. Wait. Chocolate flavored toothpaste? Seriously? That’s really a thing? God, we are truly a disgusting […]Read more "Harry Potter and the Metabolic Disease"
Austin Grossman’s Soon I Will Be Invincible is a book about superheroes that is neither a comic book nor a graphic novel. Drop the comic, drop the graphic. It’s simply a book, a novel. About superheroes. And it is awesome. The story is told through the alternating viewpoints of a literal evil genius, Dr. Impossible, who suffers […]Read more "Soon I Will Be Invincible"
If you’ve read a science fiction book or seen a sci-fi movie, odds are you have some familiarity with Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars even if you don’t know it. Published almost one hundred years ago (1917), A Princess of Mars is a classic pulp adventure story and its DNA flows through the veins of […]Read more "A Princess of Mars"
When Dave Shelton named A Boy and A Bear In A Boat, he pretty much gave away the whole premise in the title. The book follows the adventures of a boy and a bear in a (you guessed it) boat as they take a journey of indeterminate origin and purpose. As the boy and bear venture to who-knows-where […]Read more "A Boy and A Bear In A Boat"
Let’s get this out of the way upfront: Ursula Le Guin is a master of the bildungsroman. A Wizard of Earthea, The Farthest Shore, Malafrena, and several of her other books are among the finest coming of age novels in American literature. There are few authors capable of elucidating the challenges of personal discovery the […]Read more "Powers"
Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a story of childhood adventure and, as such, the story’s titular hero finds himself in a number of troublesome predicaments, usually as a result of his own childishly unchecked curiosity. Through Tom’s adventures in overcoming these predicaments, Twain paints a remarkably accurate picture of the joys, fears, and trials […]Read more "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"