Category Archives: Nonfiction

Book Review: King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild

  I don’t demand much from my nonfiction. If you’re teaching me something and can convey it even in a lightly poetic prose then I’m going to love you. Maybe I’m just cheap, maybe I’m just easily impressed by people … Continue reading

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Book Review: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Half Holocaust chronicle, half psychoanalytical pimping, this book straddles a strange place stuck between delving into the human condition and feeling good like some sort of literary infomercial. Fortunately, what it’s selling isn’t vulgar and is ultimately as ethereal and … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Fourth Industrial Revolution by Klaus Schwab

You remember the capitalism from the 1950s? No? Me neither. I’ve heard loving stories of a by-gone era, but I was born in the eighties and the capitalism I grew up with was the kind that meant morality is only … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Fourth Transformation by Robert Scoble & Shel Israel

Words are confusing. Between pleonasms, epizeuxis, and tautology it is a marvel we accomplish as much as we do as a species. This very same confusion must be what led Robert Scoble to diagnose himself as a futurist when, I’m … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Age of Em: Work, Love, and Life when Robots Rule the Earth by Robin Hanson

You want to know how to get me to hate you? Tell me about how shitty science fiction is at predicting the future and then smugly espousing just how much more right you are than anyone else. At that point, … Continue reading

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Book Review: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder

*Insert Overly-Emphatic Political Treatise Here* See what I mean? No? That’s fine. I’m not here to change your mind. Hell, I’m barely here at all. Life has me scared and I’ve pretty much taken to books, booze, and checking and … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright

In an interview, Wright mentioned that he was using three tome-filled bookcases in order to do research on the book that would eventually become The Looming Tower. Now, I’ve never written a non-fiction book, hell, by any reasonable standard I … Continue reading

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