Far From the Tree (2012) Andrew Solomon How do “normal” parents accommodate children with mental, physical, or social differences? Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (1990) Mihaly Csikszentmihayli Csikzentmihayli describes the state of flow; the periods of time when we are engaged, learning, and happy. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943) Betty Smith The fictional story of Francie Nolan growing up … Continue reading 15 Books That Influenced Me
Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television has been on my to-read list for quite some time. I finally got around to it earlier this year. Jerry Mander provides a lot to think about in this book. Here is a summary of his main points and what I took away from it. Mander’s first criticism of television is how it creates artificial environments and disconnects … Continue reading Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television
Today celebrates the would-be eighty-third birthday of Neil Postman. Postman was an author, professor, media scrutinizer, and a cultural commentator. Often labelled a Luddite for his “anti-“technological views, Postman assisted in creating the concept of media ecology. This is the study of how media and technology influence our behaviours and society. Over the last few years I have read four of his books. They are … Continue reading Happy Birthday Neil Postman!
The Sojourn is Andrew Krivak’s first novel. It follows the early life of Jozef Vinich. Born in the United States, his father and him emigrant back to Austria-Hungary after a series of unfortunate events. Here Jozef learns how to herd sheep, shoot a rifle, hunt, and live off the land. In March 1916, Jozef and his cousin Zlee join the army. As a result of … Continue reading Remembrance Review 4
This Remembrance Day I chose to review the classic novel All Quiet on the Western Front. It was written by Erich Remarque and published ten years after the war in 1929. The novel describes the life of Paul Baumer, a fictional German solider in World War I. The book discusses all aspects of war; from the front, to the hospitals, leave, death, purpose of the war, and … Continue reading Remembrance Review 3
I recently read Voluntary Simplicity by Duane Elgin, an author and media activist. Elgin defines voluntary simplicity as living more deliberately, intentionally, and purposefully with a minimum of needless distraction. “[A] manner of living that is outwardly more simple and inwardly more rich.” People choosing a simpler life tend to: – invest in quality time with family, friends, or volunteerism – develop their potential physically, … Continue reading Voluntary Simplicity
It is once again time for my Remembrance Day book review. This time I have choosen a different theatre of World War II – Japan. Japan’s Longest Day describes the country’s decision to surrender to Allied forces. Although seemingly an easy decision for an outsider; the decision was more difficult for the Japanese. Although primarily about August 14th – 15th, 1945 the book begins by outlining Japan’s precarious position and the … Continue reading Remembrance Review 2