Winter is supposed to be the time when you relax on the couch, well-tended fire and warming cocktail close by, and
spiral into a state of severe depression over your “friends” social media posts read a good book. The absolute value of literary consumption has dwindled yet again, but only because the chimney sweep flew south last December …
The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine – Michael Lewis (link)
So the movie just came out (and I already knew the story), but the book is classic Lewis; a thorough – and gripping – tale of monkey business.
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business – Neil Postman (link)
The conceptual transition between the written word and television repeats itself; this time it’s zombies staring at little blue screens instead of big black and white ones.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll (link)
Cannot believe I’d never read this before; like The Bible, a source of many otherwise inexplicable pop-culture references is finally uncovered.
The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values – Sam Harris (link)
“Faith” is the exchange of critical thinking skills (and money) for someone leading you into a pasture; there a creature (of likely sharper intellect) keeps the flock in check while it in turn baas out ways to treat those outside the ring with patronization and/or passive-aggressive disdain; Harris continues proposing alternatives to this malinvestment.
MG signing off (because Spring draws near, or at least Daylight Savings Time does)