Much different than the movie North Country which is partially based on this book. I liked the movie, as a movie it's very good but you cannot say it...moreMuch different than the movie North Country which is partially based on this book. I liked the movie, as a movie it's very good but you cannot say it is a direct translation of the book or what really happened. The problem with reality is that it sometimes gets a bit dull. The middle section of the book detailing the endless trials these women go through was a bit much for me. If you're a student or lover of all things latigious you'll probably really enjoy the book.
What the women in the mines in Eveleth went through was horrible but I think the trials they went through were even more horrible. That's the American justice system for you.(less)
Very dated but there's some relevant information here. A lot of what is talked about was rare back then and commonplace today. For instance, news medi...moreVery dated but there's some relevant information here. A lot of what is talked about was rare back then and commonplace today. For instance, news media using clips from Hollywood movies to emphasize a story. I just saw a report on shark attacks that used a scene from "Jaws". A lot of the media reports on things that the mother corporation owns. I remember CNN doing a whole series of segments about Harry Potter, the movie and the books. At the end of the report they'd have to include the fact that Warner Brothers produced the Harry Potter movies.
This book doesn't even conceive of something like FOX News, a cable news outlet with a clear ideology. Unthinkable at the time but a sad reality today. Infotainment is also common today and was just emerging at the time.
Worth a look but I wish Postman would create an updated edition of this book. It's an issue that doesn't get a lot of press. Gee, I wonder why.(less)
Pretty good adventure book about a couple crossing the Atlantic (from Spain to Costa Rica) in a rowboat. I'm a fan of survival books, the type where t...morePretty good adventure book about a couple crossing the Atlantic (from Spain to Costa Rica) in a rowboat. I'm a fan of survival books, the type where the survivor doesn't put themselves in the situation. Think Adrift: 76 Days Lost At Sea by Steven Callahan. In this book however, the adventurers put themselves in a survival situation, they aim to cross the Atlantic in a rowboat. After a while, I was convinced, okay they go through two hurricanes, a tropical storm, they are true adventurists and survivors.
Their luck, or lack of it, meant that they had many stories to tell from their journey from Spain to Costa Rica. This is a good non-fiction book for people who aren't big fans of non-fiction. I'll say it again though --- non fiction can be much more interesting than a lot of fiction. More people should definitely take a look at non-fiction adventure/survival stories. (less)
This is a pretty good autobiography. How much Shatner wrote and how much his ghost writer wrote will remain a mystery but I think this is pretty damne...moreThis is a pretty good autobiography. How much Shatner wrote and how much his ghost writer wrote will remain a mystery but I think this is pretty damned good. The anecdotes about Star Trek were funny and interesting as was his time on other TV shows which I didn't necessarily watch. I never watched an episode of 'TJ Hooker' or 'Boston Legal' but Shatner still managed to capture my interest with details about life on the sets of those shows. I would almost consider watching them now. Shatner opens up about playing these characters. I think he'll always be remembered as Kirk. It doesn't matter what he does.
Shatner also recalls making the movie The Intruder. It sounded interesting. I didn't know about this movie and will probably check it out because of this book. In it Shatner plays a racist who incites violence in a small southern US town. Sounds intriguing. It's a departure from his previous work which up to that point included many TV shows, including the Twilight Zone.
I'm glad Twilight Zone was mentioned and how he gave credit to Richard Matheson who wrote the original short story to Terror at 20,000 feet. It's a classic. Shatner talks about how it was just another job for him at the time and no expected that they were making classic TV.
A lot of the book is about Star Trek, the TV show and subsequent movies. I knew most of the cast hated Shatner but Shatner apparently didn't at the time. He's pretty humble about the whole thing though and admits he could've treated his co-stars better. His marriages are detailed as is his friendship with Leonard Nimoy who apparently was an alcoholic for many years. I don't think this is a new detail but I still enjoyed hearing about how he helped Nimoy achieve sobriety.
Their relationship spans longer than most of Shatner's marriages. It was always a work in progress according to this book and Shatner and Nimoy never really got along until the making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. They both hated the movie but agreed to do the sequels, one of which Shatner directed. It was really bad. Shatner also details the original script in which the crew of the Enterprise go to Hell. It sounds worse than the movie that got made.
I'd recommend this to Star Trek fans and non-fans. It's an interesting and funny book. I listened to the audiobook so I guess I had the bonus of Shatner's paternal voice. (less)
Is Brianna Karp really homeless? That is the overwhelming question I had when I finished this book. She had a trailer which she lived out of, albeit i...moreIs Brianna Karp really homeless? That is the overwhelming question I had when I finished this book. She had a trailer which she lived out of, albeit in a Wal-Mart parking lot, but she could have sold it and rented a room. Apparently this was beneath her or she never thought of it. She would have had a lot more stability had she had a fixed address. She was in fact collecting EI benefits so she had a steady income. My answer is that she is not homeless but that doesn't make this book any less interesting.
I do volunteer work with homeless people and I'd have to say Karp is not the first person I'd think of when I hear the word 'homeless'. She isn't homeless, but rather what is called 'street-affected'. She has a street life like most homeless people with the difference being she has a roof over her head.
The writing isn't bad, so I'd still give this book 3 stars. In some ways it's quite interesting and Karp does have an awful past of living with an abusive mother and a father who sexually assaulted her. She meets a homeless activist who is a bit of a twit. There is a lot of chapters dedicated to their romance so I wasn't too surprised when I noticed Harlequin was the publisher of this book. It's not exactly cheesy romance although there are cheesy moments.
I'd recommend the book on the basis of the writing. It isn't bad. Her story again, is tragic but if you're looking for a memoir about the plight of the homeless, don't look here. Karp frequents Starbucks while most homeless people I know wouldn't even be allowed in Starbucks if they tried. She also can afford multiple trips to Europe to visit her boyfriend.
This book is not what I expected. Perhaps if the title had been "The Girl's Guide to Living in a Trailer" I might have been a little more enthralled (if I'd chosen to pick the book up at all). The author got a lot of attention in the media but mainly because of her boyfriend's knowledge of sites like Reddit.com which pushed her story into the forefront. She also has the advantage of being a white middle class woman. (less)
Read it while on vacation in Mexico. This is a very interesting read. There are some pretty disturbing passages in this book. It's a well constructed...moreRead it while on vacation in Mexico. This is a very interesting read. There are some pretty disturbing passages in this book. It's a well constructed essay on the problems of the US-Mexico border.(less)
Robert Fontaine doesn't write the usual type of movie review. His reviews are full of tangents and personal experiences. Read a few of these and it's...moreRobert Fontaine doesn't write the usual type of movie review. His reviews are full of tangents and personal experiences. Read a few of these and it's obvious that he's a Beatles fan and a science fiction fan. He also has a great sense of humor. I agree that there is an anagram of 'Sith' which would serve as a one word review for Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
The book is from a few years ago. I hope he writes a new book with his latest reviews. Until then I'll be listening on CBC Radio Ottawa.(less)
Eaarth is about the changing planet. McKibben says that the planet has changed as a result of global warming and that we're now living on a different...moreEaarth is about the changing planet. McKibben says that the planet has changed as a result of global warming and that we're now living on a different planet and we can never go back to the old one. I accept that. The best parts of the book is the scary shit which is going to happen.
A warmer planet is one where diseases will thrive, storms will be more intense and infestations of insects will be worse and more widespread. There will be more droughts and more intense rainfall because of more moisture in the atmosphere.
No matter what we do now -- even stopping all co2 emissions, the planet will continue changing for the next 100 years. Yep, it's scary shit. McKibbon even goes further and says that the new planet will be one which is destined to be ruled by small mammals. Medium sized mammals like us will likely die because we won't be able to adapt to the warmer temperatures. Sucks for us.
What I hated about this book was the extensive boot-licking of every liberal scientist, especially Al Gore, who McKibbon seems to consider a saint. Al Gore did some good, he told Americans how the planet was being destroyed. Other than that he has done very little besides having a very large carbon footprint http://www.businessweek.com/innovate/...
McKibbon also helped organize the 350 c02 protests in multiple cities in the world. He talks at the end of the book how he nearly wept when farmers in Cameroon were planting trees on 350 Day, which seems to be a lot more than most people did on the day. Most people seem to have gathered in multiple cities to stand around and shake their fists at their government leaders who they now say have been convinced to reduce carbon emissions by 80%. They haven't changed anything. Obama has made motions about changing his policies but when it comes to implementing tougher policies, has done very little. 'HOPE' (TM) is apparently still alive.
Every candidate in Vermont's political system signed a pledge to reduce co2 by 80%. McKibbon sees this as a great victory but himself points out early in the book that the Rio Summit in 1992 was largely based on such promises. "We might do something, soon if the problem gets worse, or not," seems to be the usual line from our politicians. Rio was followed by other environmental summits including ones in South Africa and another in Coppenhagen. Results? None.
McKibbon goes into detail about how corporations choose profit over the environment in every case. He never really mentions a problem with capitalism itself. He thinks capitalism can be 'greened' but even green capitalism will seek endless profit. He also believes in community and mutual aid but he stands by nationalism, especially in the US which has produced a lot of waste, class division, racism and xenophobia.
I appreciated the facts but not so much McKibben's answers. Warm, fuzzy, green capitalism isn't going to work, even with Al Gore at the helm. Take a look at the environmental record of the Clinton administration and it's obvious that this was just another President and Vice President who bowed to their corporate owners.(less)
It's a pretty interesting read. This is part of a series about ranking hockey players. It can become kind of obsessive and tedious to do so. This book...moreIt's a pretty interesting read. This is part of a series about ranking hockey players. It can become kind of obsessive and tedious to do so. This book ranks them by position and era (modern or original six) while previous books in this series have ranked them by sweater number. I don't care so much about the ranking as the stories and stats from the actual players.(less)
John Waters is a unique voice of the weird, perverted social misfits. I find his movies to be interesting (sometimes) but I think he's even better as...moreJohn Waters is a unique voice of the weird, perverted social misfits. I find his movies to be interesting (sometimes) but I think he's even better as a writer or lecturer. He comes across as a guy who you'd want to be friends with. He's also a guy who has not let fame go to his head. Waters is a down to earth role model to all the freaks and weirdos in the world.
The book is about his own role models. One of the more interesting subjects is Leslie van Houten (a Manson family member). This is the most interesting subject in the book in my opinion. Waters had formed a bond with van Houten many years ago and remains a close friend of hers despite her role in the killings. In the book he argues adamantly for her parole. I think it's a fair argument. The only reason for her not being paroled, Waters and others have argued is the high profile nature of the Manson family killings.(less)
A lot of the myths about the massacre at Columbine continue to be told today. Dave Cullen debunks many of those myths, like that the murderers were ou...moreA lot of the myths about the massacre at Columbine continue to be told today. Dave Cullen debunks many of those myths, like that the murderers were outcasts, satanists, Nazis or were bullied. None of those are true. This is a pretty chilling account of the massacre which spares no details no matter how gruesome. It feels a bit sensational at times, somewhat like an episode of A&E's City Confidential. There is a lot of sympathy for the victims though, their story is definitely conveyed here. In the account is the long recovery process which many of the casualties had to face.
It's pretty interesting but definitely not light reading. (less)