I have read this book more than a few times. Reading it this time was like reading it for the first time.
I am now in my 70s and I believe the last timI have read this book more than a few times. Reading it this time was like reading it for the first time.
I am now in my 70s and I believe the last time I read it I was in my early fifties. My outlook has changed considerably in the intervening years so I gained different insights from Frankl's story this time through.
It is an incredible story not only because he survived 3+ years in the Nazi Death Camps but because he was able to learn something from the experience.
The 2006 publication, I read, had an introduction by Rabbi Kushner an Afterword by William Winslade and a short description of Logotherapy plus a 1984 postscript, "The Case for Tragic Optimism", by Frankl, himself. If you only read his memoir of the camps, pages 1-93, you will learn all you need to know about how searching for meaning is a driving force in humankind.
I cannot over-emphasize how influential this book has been and will continue to be in my daily life. I realize how important it is to continue to work at those things that have meaning for me, no matter how trivial, they might seem to others.
Retirement can be a trap but with the principles Frankl drew out of his horrid experience, I can, not only enjoy whatever time I have left, but also gain meaning and strength from whatever the future holds.
93 pages: two or three or four hours of reading covering a lifetime of meaning. I highly recommend this story to anyone who is looking to enhance the experience of living their own life. ...more
I grabbed "Brain Droppings" out of my bookcase for something to read while waiting for a friend who is always late.
It is now a few days later and I haI grabbed "Brain Droppings" out of my bookcase for something to read while waiting for a friend who is always late.
It is now a few days later and I have postponed finishing the book I was reading so I could finish this one - great plot, absorbing characters, riveting dialogue, can't wait to see the movie. (And if you believe that, Carlin is not for you.)
Carlin, who died recently, was, in my opinion, one of the funniest people around. I happened to catch him at one of his last shows in Vegas in February, 2008 titled "It's All Bullshit and It's Bad for You." Two things about the show stick in my memory: one, laughing so hard that my sides hurt and two, noticing the young couple sitting in front of me get up and walk out about half-way through the show. I guess while he was breaking me up he was insulting them. That's George Carlin.
Some of the content of "Brain Droppings" had me laughing out loud, much to the consternation of people around me. That alone indicates how seldom written humor really makes people laugh. There were also parts that made me laugh uncomfortably because as much as I would like to pretend that I am as cynical as Carlin, the truth is I have my hang-ups and he got after them. Good to know where I'm still touchy.
Not much else to say except, I just grabbed "Napalm & Putty" out of my bookcase. I guess I need more laughs....more
While not one of his best, this early spy story is a good one. It is very complicated at the start but things begin to resolve themselves after aboutWhile not one of his best, this early spy story is a good one. It is very complicated at the start but things begin to resolve themselves after about 100 pages.
The protagonist, Tony Abrams, a retired NYC Detective is hired by a law firm owned by a few retired OSS officers. As people start turning up dead, Abrams postulates that one or more of the partners has turned rogue and is working for the Soviets. The Russian plan is to destroy all U.S. electronics by launching a an EMP nuclear explosion from space and thereby make it impossible for the U.S. to defend itself. As the plot unfolds, Abrams and others target the Soviet retreat on Long Island as headquarters for the plot. Everything unfolds from there.
There are many interesting characters, some good and some evil but all contribute to the suspense DeMille ratchets up as the story comes to its explosive conclusion.