Why we read books

I've not been writing reviews recently for a number of reasons, but I keep reading. We're in Week 20 of the year and I've read 19 books. I hope to finish my 20th this week to keep on schedule. But we don't read books to review them, or to meet a quota, but to learn, … Continue reading Why we read books

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Tools of Titans (Tim Ferriss)

On my holiday reading list is Tim Ferriss's new Tools of Titans. I'm waiting to receive my copy (Christmas can't come soon enough), but I wanted to encourage others to read the book even though I haven't. I've listened to the first chapter that Tim has read on his podcast. This is going to be worth every … Continue reading Tools of Titans (Tim Ferriss)

A lesson in mercy

I'd never read The Merchant of Venice until tonight. And I do not have significant exposure to Shakespeare generally. In this Year of Mercy, I found the discussion of mercy and justice very profound. In Act IV, Scene 1, Portia, acting as the judge, is discussing with Shylock his insistence that Antonio pay a pound of … Continue reading A lesson in mercy

The Beast with Seven Heads (Alfred Hanley)

Dr. Hanley offers us another novel with deep Catholic themes wound through the fabric of a very interesting and exciting novel. The Beast with Seven Heads is at times very exciting, at times very haunting, but never disappointing. After a mysterious murder takes place at Monongahela College, Professor Bill Gavin becomes the improbable sleuth after an … Continue reading The Beast with Seven Heads (Alfred Hanley)

The Third Testament (John Eklund)

In his first novel, John Eklund presents a tale of a man who endures great tragedy in the process of finding himself. The Third Testament follows the life of Frank Sankt, a college professor-turned-author who sets out to write an appendix to the Bible. Recognizing the "biblical" nature of many lives and events of the last … Continue reading The Third Testament (John Eklund)

Arch of Triumph (Erich Maria Remarque)

I picked up this book on the recommendation of Judge Richard Posner. (It wasn't a personal recommendation. I heard him mention the book when he was in a panel discussion.) Posner's recommendation came from his idea that literature had a lot to tell us about the law. And Arch of Triumph had a lot to … Continue reading Arch of Triumph (Erich Maria Remarque)