I have quite a bit of admiration for Chris McCandless/Alexander Supertramp. He sure had a huge pair of brass balls and more drive for adventure than mI have quite a bit of admiration for Chris McCandless/Alexander Supertramp. He sure had a huge pair of brass balls and more drive for adventure than most people alive today. I have wanted to follow a path similar to his since long before I read about him. But really, it is a shame that he passed away, but he had it coming. Seriously, if you want to live the life of an existential nomad philosopher, you still need enough common sense to fuel your self preservation instinct. He lived his dream until the end, and I respect that feat, but he was in his very young heart, still a foolish child....more
Wow. Just, wow. For anyone that cares about their health, the health of the environment, the health of the economy, and the health of the American AgrWow. Just, wow. For anyone that cares about their health, the health of the environment, the health of the economy, and the health of the American Agricultural tradition, READ THIS BOOK IMMEDIATELY. I rarely advocate criminal activity, but if you have no money and no access to a library, steal it. I'm serious here, reading Fast Food Nation is that important to all of us.
However, if you believe ignorance is bliss (it is) and if you like to eat a fast food cheeseburger now and then (I did, once upon a time) than do yourself a favor and DO NOT OPEN THIS BOOK.
Eric Schlosser however is not one of these. His clear and accessable writing style makes for an easy and very informative read. Non-fiction can be a bit dry from time to time, but this one is a page turner (and a stomach churner). He's a talented journalist, without any sort of Hippie agenda. In a single day of reading this book I could go from amazed to inspired to angry enough to feel like blowing up a corporation's home office. destruction. Also, powerful sadness. I was moved to tears more than once, some of the farmers and meat packers stories are that powerful. Schlosser really seems to care about them, and he makes the reader care right along with him.
For those of you that don't want to devote the time to reading the whole book, you can get a good dose of the information in four hours by watching two movies. The movie adaptation of FFN is surely worth a watch. It puts it all in a fictional story, but the director Richard Linklater has a talent for making a story matter. Also the scene with Kris Kristofferson is one of the best moments of cinema I have seem. It misses many of the most important facts though. To get those, you should watch Food Inc., which Eric Schlosser worked on as well. Both are worth your time, whether you read the book or not.
Before I read this I thought Locally Grown, Organic, Vegan, Tree Hugging, Whale Saving, pinko, liberal Dirt Worshipers were a group of elitist Bourgeoisie swine. Perhaps they are, but that doesn't make them wrong, not about our food.
And one last thing. F*@k Monsanto. I cannot stress this enough. If you work for that company, you are going to burn in the deepest parts of hell. They should be indicted on anti-trust charges and probably hundreds of EPA violations and labor laws as well. Monsanto is evil. We should all boycott any food they have a hand in producing, but then we would all wind up starving to death....more
I read this fir the first time in the eighth grade, and it changed the way I looked at life forever. Malcolm X's story is so moving, powerful, and sigI read this fir the first time in the eighth grade, and it changed the way I looked at life forever. Malcolm X's story is so moving, powerful, and significant, that every person in America should be encouraged to read this autobiography. The stories of his zoot suit wearing days as a youth were lots of fun, and the anger that followed his imprisonment seemed natural to me as a new adolescent with his own head full of confused rage. Of course by th end X is somewhat free of his own anger, and it took me years to become so. This one book encouraged me to read more nonfiction, and to get involved in causes from equality to hunger. X is an inspiration....more
As a biography, ignoring the content for a moment, Jon Lee Anderson has pulled of something incredible here. Of all the bios I have read this is undouAs a biography, ignoring the content for a moment, Jon Lee Anderson has pulled of something incredible here. Of all the bios I have read this is undoubtedly the most expansive and comprehensive of the lot. From Ernesto's youth on an Argentinean farm to his days on the motorcycle to his first meeting with Fidel Castro and everything that comes after, this book covers it all in amazingly detailed detail. I just can't imagine doing the research for this book. It's an encyclopedia of a man's life! All that said, it's a smooth read. The book is massive, and the minutia of early 60's Cuban/Soviet/American politics might bog you down near the middle, but not to worry, Che will soon be back to the jungles of the world trying to free the oppressed. Yeah, Che was a communist, and yeah, he ha appeared on far too many t-shirts, bumper stickers, book bags, posters, etc. in the capitalist world, but that's just how his legacy has been perverted. The book tells the story of a strong and amazing man, who believed all people deserved to be free from the yoke of imperialist tyranny. Definitely worth a read. ...more
This is the most important book ever written in the history of mankind. At least, you know, for ME. You probably won't think so. But if you are intereThis is the most important book ever written in the history of mankind. At least, you know, for ME. You probably won't think so. But if you are interested in Buddhism, Zen or not, this is a well written and thought-provoking tale. Marian Mountain was one of the first Americans to experience Zen, and doesn't fall prey to the unfortunate belief that since Zen is Japanese, those who practice Zen must emulate Japanese culture. She realizes that the teachings transcend cultural boundaries to reach people from all over the world. This book is essential American Zen....more
Awesome. A book with handy, excessive, necessary and foolish DIY tips and guides. It can be a little too punk rock for me at times, though. For examplAwesome. A book with handy, excessive, necessary and foolish DIY tips and guides. It can be a little too punk rock for me at times, though. For example, I would never ever make a human waste compost toilet. But I would make a duct tape wallet, key chain super tool (knife, fork, spoon, swiss army thingy with screwdriver file scissors etc, led light, nail clippers, lockpick, and oh yeah, keys) and a dozen others. This is a great book, and anyone looking into DIY that isn't of the Bob Villa variety, should give this a look....more