This surprised me that Madoff seemed to have so many signs of mendacity going all the way back to his college years ... but maybe that should not haveThis surprised me that Madoff seemed to have so many signs of mendacity going all the way back to his college years ... but maybe that should not have. His extreme OCD was unknown to me and the way he even took advantage so completely of this friends and Elie Wiesel shocked me like the first time I heard it. The details about the run-up to the collapse of the Ponzi scheme - both the long years and the final months - make a convincing case for complicity among several of his close family members (but not all), including his wife Ruth. Blood relatives an din-laws were among his victims, too. Also were famous people, like Kevin Bacon, with the case of Zsa Zsa Gabor gone into in some detail....more
This college lit textbook contains fiction, poetry, drama, lyrics, essays and more. It sat unread and idle on my father's bookshelf, a once required cThis college lit textbook contains fiction, poetry, drama, lyrics, essays and more. It sat unread and idle on my father's bookshelf, a once required course item, until I picked it up. Poetry of Frost, Crane, Shakespeare, and Poe and also treating the Paul Simon lyric to "Sound of Silence" as poetry made of me a lifelong fan of this language art. Short stories like "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" container here still seem like the best of the art. The classic, The Glass Menagerie was here introduced to me here and I still love plays and theater as a result. I enjoyed the entire text initially published by Professor Knickerbocker together with Professor Willard Reninger back in 1969 by Holt. The fact that this book has stood the test of time and is still available should be testimony enough to the endurance and appeal of this lengthy introduction to the pleasures of literature.I recommend it for any one who is interested in what joys literature may hold....more
This is an impressive, lengthy support for the out-sized contributions of inheritable characteristics to human behavior. It is quite humbling to thinkThis is an impressive, lengthy support for the out-sized contributions of inheritable characteristics to human behavior. It is quite humbling to think so much of what makes each of us unique was encoded into our genome before we were born. Pinker takes apart support for any appreciable nurturing/environmental role block by block, but I am sure it does not settle this debate. Hinting that some of the worst human behaviors may be inherent will raise many hackles, and indeed all that will read a work of this breadth will be offended by something. I was offended by the casual remarks on inhumane animal experiments: rewiring ferret brains for synæsthesia and paralyzing animal fetuses in the womb to study join development disturbed me. When I see such broad environments as North Korea's hermit kingdom, chronically impoverished communities and such incident as coin flips picking guards and prisons in the Stanford Prison Experiment I feel he underplays the role of environment, while his arguments are strong, reasoned and supported.
This is a Dubya-era work (2003) and reading it now when the TV reminds us so much of the behavior epidemics of racism an poverty mixed with guns can do... is that mostly inherited traits? Pinker does state this could be fodder for racists and engenicists, and that is not his manifesto.