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Pig Earth
Well. I'm not objective. I believe that John Berger is a sage. His work makes my eyes go like Mowgli in that part of The Jungle Book where that crazy ...more
Mar 06, 2012
Dec 19, 2011
On the Genealogy of Morals/Ecce Homo
Make no mistake: Nietzsche was a nut. Bertrand Russell famously dismissed him as a megalomaniac, and maybe that’s true. People blame the Nazis on him, ...more
Dec 1998
Dec 07, 2011
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice
I am not the only Westerner to be moved by this, the first Zen tract aimed specifically at an American audience. And maybe to the Zen true-believer (W ...more
Dec 31, 2003
Dec 07, 2011
No Boundary: Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth
It was about a week after my mother died and I was in Reagan National Airport, in D.C., reading No Boundary as I waited for the plane to take me back ...more
Nov 30, 2003
Dec 07, 2011
Eating Well for Optimum Health
I have learned firsthand how the body changes depending on what it’s given for fuel. One December more than a decade ago, after a twelve-hour drive fr ...more
Jan 10, 2001
Feb 05, 2012
So I sent somebody, a writer (a better writer than me, in fact), an email not too long ago about how I was loving this book by John Berger called G. A ...more
Feb 05, 2012
Dec 07, 2011
When you buy Marc McKee’s Bewilderness -- and you will want to -- get him to sign it for you. Ever the craftsman/draftsman, he doesn’t just line out h ...more
Apr 20, 2015
Apr 22, 2015
Letters to a Young Poet
This one’s worth it for its sheer intensity and for its paradoxical combination of narcissism and selflessness. On the one hand, Rilke is ostensibly r ...more
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Dec 07, 2011
Dirty Bomb
So sometimes you know the poet. Sometimes you’ve known the poet for a long time, and you know where the bodies are buried. More or less. I know Mark N ...more
Apr 28, 2015
Apr 28, 2015
Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls
Raw but not strident. Raw not in the sense of underdone, half-baked: in fact, these stories are superbly crafted and in control, sentence to sentence, ...more
Oct 17, 2014
Jul 15, 2014
Saving Yourself From The Disease Care Crisis
Okay, first a disclaimer of sorts: Walt Stoll can come across as a curmudgeon at times — even a crackpot — but his critique of modern medicine is diff ...more
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Dec 19, 2011
Golf My Way
Golf My Way is a classic of golf instruction, but truth be told, it’s pretty dumb to think any book can teach you how to play golf like Jack Nicklaus ...more
May 31, 1996
Apr 01, 2013
Fort Red Border
This is a great first book, and that's not damning it with faint praise. Great first books don't have to be perfect. What a great first book has to do ...more
Apr 25, 2012
Apr 25, 2012
Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality
“Freud believed that the human being is an animal in conflict.”

– Martin Bergmann, NYU psychology professor.

Okay, let’s agree that Freud had some signi
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Dec 19, 2011
8 Weeks to Optimum Health
I have learned firsthand how the body can change drastically depending on what it’s given for fuel, and this book is the primary source of that knowle ...more
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Dec 19, 2011
U.S. Army Survival Manual FM 21-76
Many survival case histories show that stubborn, strong willpower can conquer many obstacles. One case history tells of a man stranded in the desert
May 31, 2007
Apr 01, 2013
The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
On one level, this is a book about how humans think: which of our multiple intelligences are becoming more valuable, which we’re ceding to machines. H ...more
Feb 08, 2015
Feb 10, 2015
TransAtlantic was dissed by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan for being too smooth. McCann is nothing if not a craftsman, and that’s no more apparent than at the ...more
Dec 08, 2014
Dec 19, 2014
Gone Girl
NPR movie critic Bob Mondello said this about director David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl:
"By the end of Gone Girl, the social i
Nov 2014
Nov 03, 2014
Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf
The normal human body — e.g., Ben Hogan, arguably the most consistently pure striker of a golf ball who ever picked up sticks, was no taller than 5’9” ...more
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Dec 19, 2011
Your Life Idyllic
Muscular is a thing in Midwestern prose. There’s a long tradition. Craig Bernier’s sentences are governed by this identifiable cadence. But it’s the s ...more
May 05, 2015
May 05, 2015
The Entire Predicament
I had read a lot of these stories after encountering Lucy Corin's work at a writer's conference in 2008. I teach writing, too, so I'd taught some of t ...more
Feb 23, 2012
Sep 01, 2008
The Road
Once, in a creative writing class I was teaching, a student said something very profound (as they often will do). She said, “You have to risk sentimen ...more
Feb 17, 2007
Dec 07, 2011
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
A thought-provoking page-turner. Aslan's depiction of the Nazarene as one in a long line of political revolutionaries (aka: messiahs) -- in an age whe ...more
Oct 10, 2014
Oct 17, 2014
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
I'm a Lincoln junkie, and Goodwin delivered the goods. It's a feat of great writing and relentless research that she was able to make the individual m ...more
Jan 2012
Oct 18, 2014
Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness
Not unlike Kay Redfield Jamison's excellent Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament, Lincoln's Melancholy is a holist ...more
Feb 2014
Dec 07, 2011
A New Christianity for a New World: Why Traditional Faith is Dying & How a New Faith is Being Born
Bishop Spong’s voice calls out from the wilderness, but it’s not shouting, “Repent!” It’s pleading with us to awaken to a new commitment to love. Shed ...more
Nov 16, 2014
Jul 15, 2014
Drawings from the Film Beginners
I love these drawings. I love this film. I love the creative impulse behind them both. Now to figure out just how to get Mike Mills and Miranda July t ...more
Feb 23, 2012
Feb 05, 2012
Just Kids
Rarely do I read a book in one sitting. Just Kids was a one-sitting read for me. Not because it's a fluffy tell-all that requires little in the way ...more
Jun 30, 2013
Dec 07, 2011
One More Theory about Happiness: A Memoir
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Dec 07, 2011
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