WTF is up with the preface wherein Dave displays total callousness towards cats (and cat death)?
This is really a sore subject for me (should not have...moreWTF is up with the preface wherein Dave displays total callousness towards cats (and cat death)?
This is really a sore subject for me (should not have read it after crying at the vet on Saturday and crying about Jack the Cat's death on Sunday, but seriously who writes the preface of their ORGANIZING book about how cats dying is really No Big Deal?!). (less)
I'm glad they accomplished what they set out to do and I think there were some good messages interspersed throughout about how practical and beneficia...moreI'm glad they accomplished what they set out to do and I think there were some good messages interspersed throughout about how practical and beneficial it can be to seek out ways to put your consumer dollar towards something you believe in AND eat more healthily. Some of the parts about cultivating crops for food and appreciating what's in season were enjoyable.
However, this audiobook was more of a downer for me than anything and I can't say I'd recommend it to anyone. It seemed to go on forever, and there was just so much negative attitude about the state of the world and the melting ice caps and derisive attitudes towards "moon pies" and soda and other mass-produced food products that surely EVERYONE else in the western world thinks is JUST HUNKY-DORY. A little too "us vs. them" from a book that seemed to be trying to clear up prejudice against farmers.
Other than THAT, it seemed fairly down-to-earth and not preachy about how they actually accomplished what they were doing. I really appreciated the part at the end about how occasionally bending the rules does not negate all the good of changes people are attempting to implement in their own lives. We do what we can, and possibly some people will gain the confidence from this book to ask their local supermarket to carry more locally produced products, or shop more at farmer's markets, or reserve a heritage turkey in the spring for their Thanksgiving dinner.(less)
Started it at lunch, read on the walk to my car after work, shared a bowl of pasta with it (and my cat) finished it before bed.
I found it inspiration...moreStarted it at lunch, read on the walk to my car after work, shared a bowl of pasta with it (and my cat) finished it before bed.
I found it inspirational. Like Don, I also recently finished Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning. But wasn't left with anything tangible to nudge me towards embracing challenge. I was intrigued by his take on 'fear' as a dark force that works against the great narrative we could be creating, and acknowledging the role society/advertising plays.
The author considers some concepts in relation to biblical verse, with which I am not really familiar, but I still found it accessible; the idea of doing something fulfilling, sharing your experience with others, and being reverent - this should translate universally.
It reads in such an easy, conversational manner that I probably missed some wisdom on the first read through.(less)
I'm giving this book an extra star because it does a decent job recapping the history of the west over the past century or so, something my public sch...moreI'm giving this book an extra star because it does a decent job recapping the history of the west over the past century or so, something my public school education failed to do. Good, if shallow, reflection on capitalism, social democracy, communism, and a lack of self-determinism in the banana republics.
A few interesting facts, like that the banana no longer is capable of reproduction and new plants are simply grafted, that this monoculture is precariously close to being wiped out by a disease and instead of planting a variety of strains, fruit corporations have decided to go with the "dump as many chemicals as possible" route to continued production.
The railroad construction, first couple dozen pages of the book, bored me to sleep but got a bit more interesting after that. Amazing to see the way the tentacles of "el pulpo" affected the history of so many countries.
Most of the interviews the author conducted in person took place over 20 years ago. While I'm sure they were a great source of inspiration, he has not really updated much on the subject since then.(less)