Documentation of July 2018

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This post is not only a copy-paste of July’s reads, but also some additional mentions worthy of note. Again, I post it here to harness better SEO and tagging abilities, verses the info solely sitting as a static page under my Books category in the heading menu. I have two really exceptional podcasts to add: Waking Up with Sam Harris conversation with Ian Bremmer #133 Ian Bremmer is an ‘American political scientist specializing in U.S. foreign policy and global political risk.’ Joe Rogan conversation with Peter Schiff #1145 Peter Schiff is probably one of the most well known stock brokers and financial gurus. Maybe a coincidence, but for me, listening to each in close proximity to the other felt like good synchronicity. A … Read More

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Documentation of April 2018

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A linear trip through the books I consumed. Consuming still. In the middle of…at the end of… Current status as of this posting is incomplete At the beginning of the month, I was giving Six Four, the 2017 global bestseller, a third chance. Honestly. Third times a charm. It was difficult getting a grasp on the many similarly sounding Japanese names-characters. It’s a griping crime novel but even more insight into Japanese business culture and behavioral norms. The worthy NY Times write-up. Still a third to go before complete. I own it, so I’m in no rush. I sat the book down again after Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan landed in my audible library loan queue. I have to give … Read More

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Documentation of March

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As to improve the SEO, what proceeds is a copy-paste of March 2018 under my Books tab in the header menu. I will be posting each month’s reflections in both places going forward. I could easily skip documenting this past month because I don’t feel like I read much. Preceding St. Patrick’s Day, I came across on article on the top Irish crime writers. I only clicked it to see if Tana French was on it; she was! And to my surprise, she isn’t even Irish. Wut! She relocated to Dublin via Vermont. Anyhow, I ended up tracking down her first crime wherein she introduces her main protagonist. In the Woods. It did not disappoint. It did occupy a solid … Read More

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Books of February

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This past month was a much more relaxing month of reads than January. There’s Paris through the experience of David Lebovitz; more surrealism with Murakami; futurism with The Martian; a very detailed and heart wrenching Native American experience; and a history podcast (new to me) on old world Hollywood, etc… All in all, mostly unheavy. The cold and weight of the weather was enough to soldier through. I needed a bit of simplicity and escape. Books of February

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Books of January

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In which I reached peak news fatigue. Greatly looking forward to a month of relaxing literary pursuits. Books of January 2018 Ok, I am due some junk food reads… My brain is exhausted with all the non-fiction, plus the emotional toll some of it can take. More is certainly not better in most cases. One certainly can’t sip out of a gushing fire hydrant. In doing that digging deeper I mentioned earlier, I question my motivations sometimes. I’ve been wondering why I feel so invested in certain topics and research? Generally, I’m not being paid to; I’m not getting a degree in the topic; nor am I needing to be formidable in a debate. Hmm… I’ve been really feeling this (desk … Read More

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