This book centers on a single question: can Europe find some kind of purpose or transcendental goal sufficient to want to survive? As is documented elThis book centers on a single question: can Europe find some kind of purpose or transcendental goal sufficient to want to survive? As is documented elsewhere, it concerns an academic who witnesses the gradual Islamic takeover of France and has to decide whether he wants to convert or not. Following his favorite subject, J.K. Huysmans, he explores Catholicism, sexuality, culture and other sources of meaning, but ultimately realizes they share a root which is a belief in the pleasure, goodness and beauty of life itself. A poignant book with a great many insights, "Submission" is Houellebecq at his incisive best....more
I knew that government multicultural policies across the West were having difficulties, but I never knew how much. Colin Flaherty carefully structuresI knew that government multicultural policies across the West were having difficulties, but I never knew how much. Colin Flaherty carefully structures his writing to avoid blaming a specific ethnic group while not avoiding the truth. Some black people form mobs who attack white people. The problem, in my view, is not black people, but diversity/multiculturalism, because it inevitably puts ethnic groups in competition and tries to rectify that unbalance by taking from one and giving to the other. It does not work for white people or black people. Flaherty, an experienced and award-winning journalist, triumphs through the weight of data. "White Girl Bleed A Lot" makes two important points: (1) open ethnic warfare is occurring daily in America and (2) the press and politicians refuse to talk honestly about it, if at all. If you have ever wondered what the media code "youths" stands for, or why no one talks about certain crimes and not others, this book will reveal why. For the sheer amount of outrageous, horrible and discriminatory crime this book reveals, Flaherty keeps his analysis level-headed, factual and unbiased. He is not here to point the finger; he is here to diagnose a crisis. With numerous news citations, links to videos, and revealing non-discussions with local leaders, this book shows us the crisis going on under our nose which no one will talk about for fear of being called "racist," much as no one would talk about the sexual abuse of 1,400 young mostly white girls in Rotherham, UK for fear of being called racist. Flaherty avoids both the politically correct trap of not naming the problem, and the trap of reading too much into it. This book is not a jeremiad against black people, but a screed against white ignorance of a problem and continued covert efforts to cover it up out of social fear. Highly recommended! I hope he writes more because I'll read them....more
A children's book. I used to really enjoy this, but on going back to it, I found it to be kind of like a television show. Characters are good, or bad,A children's book. I used to really enjoy this, but on going back to it, I found it to be kind of like a television show. Characters are good, or bad, and situations are clear, or not. This requires that most people be oblivious, which I think is realistic, but they are in such a convenient way that allows them to break down along ideological lines. The more I read, the more this seemed to be Soviet-era propaganda for a State ideology. This book, like "Catcher in the Rye" and "Lord of the Flies," probably belongs in middle schools where such things are simple enough to be taught by distracted teachers, but I have to admit nothing but an abyss of disappointment upon reading it as an adult....more
This book was well-written in the journalistic style, interesting throughout, but probably tries to represent too much of what hacking was through a sThis book was well-written in the journalistic style, interesting throughout, but probably tries to represent too much of what hacking was through a single incident. It also betrays an East Coast bias, which is somewhat fatal. Otherwise, there's a lot of good information here on the old school days of dial-up and network hacking. It introduces the major personalities, reveals the presence of the bulletin board and other hacker hangouts, and shows us some insights into hacker "culture" which was formed of the demands of hacking itself. Most people will say this is a bit sensationalized, but if you read between the lines, that's what "journalistic" has meant for a half century or longer. As a result, I give this a positive endorsement for the information inside, but with caveats that you're not getting the whole story....more
This is a book about the early age of hacking before computers controlled so much of our world that "hacking" became a science of exploitation. This iThis is a book about the early age of hacking before computers controlled so much of our world that "hacking" became a science of exploitation. This is the original meaning of hacking, which is to squeeze extra performance out of equipment by bending the "proper" rules, which often have to do more with administrative control than technological limitations. I find this encouraging as an outlook as it is what all of us should always do to whatever limitations we find in life: work around the unreasonable ones by understanding the raw reality (science/logic/common sense) of a situation more than its human-imposed administrative, social and political -- these words seem to mean the same thing in this context -- controls. Levy takes us through the early days of East Coast university hacking, then looks at the hippie days and the garage shops of the West Coast, before giving us a brief glimpse into the world to come as computers became more powerful, were networked, and moved out of the corporate/government/academic world and into daily life....more
Like most modern books, this is a search for meaning in actions done to the characters, not in their own moral evolution.
This book combines cliches frLike most modern books, this is a search for meaning in actions done to the characters, not in their own moral evolution.
This book combines cliches from the modern success stories, and by that I mean general story ideas that were successful, patching in bits of Dan Brown, Fight Club, Bret Easton Ellis, Donna Tartt, even your bog-standard postmodern novel in the style of David Foster-Wallace (think David Mitchell).
The underlying story however is pure dime store novel: the characters do not evolve, they merely express themselves and disappear behind the curtain.
I mention it because in the midst of this chaos, the author inserts a somewhat insightful view of race and class, in which he points out that (a) our politics of race and class are entirely for show, e.g. of the visible world and not the secret world in which the night climbers participate and (b) that they lead to a confusion of identity and self-destruction.
Beyond that, this book is appreciably better than average, which is damning it with faint praise. So I'll modify: clearly more thought went into this book than into your average modern superstar like Jodi Piccoult, Alice Seybold, Stephanie Meyer, Lee Child, etc. ...more