Sometimes when I am stuck researching a topic that involves self or family...things like that, and the readily available books are primarily pop-scien...moreSometimes when I am stuck researching a topic that involves self or family...things like that, and the readily available books are primarily pop-science and articles posted on the internet are not prepatory enough to jump into scientific journals, I go back to the philosophy of mankind. I go and read some translated text of Goethe, Steiner, and other practioners of anthroposophy. I alwasys find a new way of looking at whatever I am trying to understand.
So here I go. Sometimes I takes more than one read; those Germans like long sentences and those translators sometimes sometimes aim for the erudite rather than clarity.(less)
This book set our whole childcare co-op afire, and it spurned many discussions within CSA membership. I and friends with young children did a signific...moreThis book set our whole childcare co-op afire, and it spurned many discussions within CSA membership. I and friends with young children did a significant re-design of our homecooked menus. Rather than feeling like compromised or failed vegans we began to recognize the value of omnivore eating with heavy vegetarian influences.
There is much value in this book. The first 100 pages is theory that has enough citations that you could continue (and some did) to study the precursor scientific papers. The remaining sections of the book are recipes you would want to make, serve, and eat as a family.
One friend got kefir culture going for the group. Another did the kombucha. I had the sourdowgh starter from homegrown concord grapes I started 10 years earlier--all of a sudden it what is cured, brined, fermented, clabbored was no longer creepy.
I have renewed my health reading as I am ready to take things up a notch. BUT I am only going to list health books that I felt furthered my knowledge. Currently, I am reading three stinkers for every one book that has value, as what I am reading about is considered fringe practices--much like Nourishing Traditions was the fringe when epousing the value of fats.
This is not great novel. This is a great book. I liked it about as much the first time I read it in school as I re-digested the story with every one o...moreThis is not great novel. This is a great book. I liked it about as much the first time I read it in school as I re-digested the story with every one of my children who were assigned to read it in school.
Yet, how many times have I referenced back to Orwell's fiction story when I read news story? It is a story acted out again and again, to which I can immediately frame because of the concise d/evolution of greed and vanity in governing, that has become politics, Orwell put forth in Animal Farm.
I wonder if penetration of this book through the generations has been a active ingredient in keeping the english-speaking world population agitated enough, so that we remain in free-enough societies?
Altiero Spinelli and a fellow imprisoned patriot, Ernesto Rossi, spent 13yrs in jail translating the work of Locke from english to italian on cigarette papers (a commodity allowed by wives to bring their husbands). These cigarette papers were smuggled out and typed properly in transcript form for the distribution among the populace being strangled in Mussolini's Fascist State. Spinelli and Rossi reocgnized the power of sharing new political thought in a tangible form widely. Perhaps, Animal Farm needs to be translated and distributed further into the world. (less)
I read this book to teach Early Civilizations using a theme that explored cultural creations of humanity. For example, language linked with Gilgamesh...moreI read this book to teach Early Civilizations using a theme that explored cultural creations of humanity. For example, language linked with Gilgamesh accompanying Mesopotamia. Sun Zu's text halfway through the school year explored war in the context of China's history. Political systems with the Romans. The year ended with algebra which took us to Persia.
The Art of War, at the time was the new hot-read for business world. It replaced the cheese book as parable of doing business. I was reluctant to read it, as my worldview does not include one-upmanship. Although conflict avoidance topics are presented, it is primarily a Machiavellian book that is organized like the black swan version of the Hammurubi Code.
WCW's slim volume is a treatise on the human capacity for creativity; a criticism of good poem structure; a small collection of poems.
It reads like a...moreWCW's slim volume is a treatise on the human capacity for creativity; a criticism of good poem structure; a small collection of poems.
It reads like a familiar acquaintance with whom you have just-run-into-again. You have a few minutes, so he quickly dives beneath common pleasantries and delivers a rising wave of insights and opinions that he has been both birthing and digesting.
The birthing is still underway and the digesting incomplete. Moreover, his manic delivery will not be trained. You do have several minutes, so you stay for a few more in order to leave with another handful of ideas to think about which may indeed enrich your own creative life.
This is a treatise to read again. Until that time, I rate it 2-stars--a reflexion of this reader's ability to absorb the content of WCW's wave. Then I read his closing poems. They were so captivating and a perfect illustration of his point of view of what makes a good poem that I bumped it a star.
I will go onto read Marianne Moore's poem, a poet that WCW enjoyed reading. (less)