This is a clear, unbiased, and thorough introduction to the fundamental problems and theories of knowledge. The author does an excellent job of precisThis is a clear, unbiased, and thorough introduction to the fundamental problems and theories of knowledge. The author does an excellent job of precisely defining any technical terms he uses and also of fairly presenting the alternative approaches to each problem. He also points out what philosophers and books to seek out for further study. Definitely enjoyed it and looking forward to reading more by this author....more
This story was very engaging and mysterious. Right from the start the action is tense, as what little routine the Secha has come to know is broken byThis story was very engaging and mysterious. Right from the start the action is tense, as what little routine the Secha has come to know is broken by the unexpected detachment and drifting of her space-room prison. Where is she going? Neither she nor the reader knows at first. But as her mood involuntarily drifts between nostalgia and anxiety with her procession of unsettling thoughts, we gradually learn about her past and the two species whose worlds she is caught between. Especially awesome was the contrast between the cold-mechanized outer-spatial environment her captors have forced her into and the fragile uncertainty which dominates her consciousness.
Dawn Trowell Jones is definitely an author with a unique and powerful writing style and I am very much looking forward to her upcoming works....more
Prepare yourself to enter a science-fictional and fantastical world that is just as psychologically experimental as it is philosophical, a mind-bendinPrepare yourself to enter a science-fictional and fantastical world that is just as psychologically experimental as it is philosophical, a mind-bending collection of fascinating and innovative stories. Right from the get-go in The Library Behind Your Eyes the author wastes no time in bending the reader's mind by creating a world in which a library card does not just grant you access to all literature, but actually downloads it into your nervous system and connects you to fee-based updates (as new works are published, that is). While it may sound good at first, the author explores not only the advantages of the omniscience the futuristic library card offers but also the downsides and consequences.
And all of the stories are equally as experimental and mind-expanding as the first: like A Man Without Meaning, wherein the protagonist escapes his meaning-obsessed planet for one in which he is free to have no meaning; or Innocent Until Imagined Guilty in which the inherent error of considering thoughts to be crimes is explored; or How to Own the World where an artist discovers that in art is contained more power than most people realize; I could go on, but I do not want to summarize all of the stories because I believe they speak for themselves just fine.
Suffice it to say, there is such a perfect balance of imagination and logic, of passion and reason, and of science and fantasy in these stories that I am sure it will be as much a page-turner for you as it was for me. In particular I found the stories The Library Behind Your Eyes, A Man Without Meaning, Castles in the Water, and Kindness to be my favorites; there was just a sense of absolute wonder and magic that the author was able to capture in these that really struck me.
If you are looking for a very enjoyable and emotionally as well as intellectually satisfying read I highly recommend checking it out!
This was a very interesting sociological analysis of American mainstream culture from the early 1990s to now, with a particular emphasis on music's plThis was a very interesting sociological analysis of American mainstream culture from the early 1990s to now, with a particular emphasis on music's place in that culture. The uniqueness of the all-too-short grunge era is placed within a larger context of history (both American and musical) and a greater understanding of what led to it is thereby accomplished. Admittedly - as some other reviewers have pointed out - the author's love of Smashing Pumpkins is extreme, so if you like that band a lot you will definitely enjoy reading about them here. And even if you don't like them you can just skip a few paragraphs and you'll be fine. Some of the high points of this book for me were:
- an eye-opening side-by-side comparison of the release patterns of Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana [let me just say they have far more in common than you realize]
- a hilarious and spot-on examination of the authenticity of the nerdiness of the members of Weezer versus The Presidents of the United States of America
- an intelligently expounded theory on why chefs are essentially the rockstars of today
Regarding this last point, have you ever wondered why food culture and subculture is so prevalent now? Why there are seemingly a gazillion "options" for any particular foodstuff you want to buy? Why there are now people who call themselves "foodies"? Why modern day "rockstars" are basically chefs on Food Network rather than being actual rock stars on MTV? Well . . . this book goes a long way toward answering these and other questions.
Definitely a well-written and interesting read, especially for anyone who lived through the early nineties. I highly recommend it!...more
Great book! It was fascinating to learn how GNR formed and what went on behind the scenes. The story of how the Use Your Illusion albums were made isGreat book! It was fascinating to learn how GNR formed and what went on behind the scenes. The story of how the Use Your Illusion albums were made is awesome. I always wondered how they managed to release two incredible albums all at once in 1991. Learning of how and why they broke up was very interesting too, as it seemed that after The Spaghetti Incident they just silently vanished from view. Slash's writing style and storytelling is great. Oftentimes he is very blunt and the effect is hilarious as a result. Some of the situations he got himself into are simply unbelievable in themselves, but when he tells about them you just have to laugh out loud due to their absurdity. All in all a wonderful and entertaining read for anyone curious about how GNR formed, operated, and eventually fell apart; well-written by their awesome lead guitarist. I highly recommend it!...more
A very well written and researched glimpse into the behind-the-scenes world of Phish. If you are curious as to how four individually awesome musiciansA very well written and researched glimpse into the behind-the-scenes world of Phish. If you are curious as to how four individually awesome musicians were able to find such amazing chemistry together I definitely recommend this one. It is also great in that it chronicles many of their live shows as well as the making of all of their albums (up to 2009)....more
This is an awesome collection of short stories showcasing the ceaseless creative powers of a very talented author. While the settings and tales are faThis is an awesome collection of short stories showcasing the ceaseless creative powers of a very talented author. While the settings and tales are fascinating and entertaining in themselves, what really makes the stories so impactful is L.E. Henderson’s unparalleled honesty of expression. Far more than most authors I’ve read, L.E. Henderson has the ability to weave into her fiction the actual (sometimes brutal) truth of how she thinks and feels. This willingness to be honest always enhances her stories with a volt of reality and makes them un-put-down-able.
From the sadness of sympathizing with an infant who is unique because she is mortal and can feel pain, to the wonderful absurdity of experiencing first contact with aliens who would rather do their laundry than pay Earthlings any attention, “Becoming the Story and Other Tales” manages to run the entire gamut of emotion while at the same time exploring the outer reaches of imagination and possibility. Take “The Eternal Twine” for example, wherein a cat thinks a human thought and is thereby rewarded the opportunity to be human; or “The Final Word”, which is the author’s personal reflection on having died, though she still lives; or “Rational Therapy, Inc.”, where formal logic turns psychotherapy on its head.
While I enjoyed all of the stories, by far my favorite was “Becoming the Story”, which was incredibly honest and far-reaching in scope. Very skillfully written, it weaved into and out of itself with flowing precision. It is a story about a story writer who ceaselessly examines several interrelated phenomena: the act of living as a story writer, the influence of life in general on – as well as its relation to – stories, the different possibilities of approach when writing stories, and much more. Wonderfully self-referential, it reminded me of the Charlie Kaufman film “Adaptation”, where what was supposed to be a screenwriter adapting a book to film ended up being a screenwriter adapting [his own struggle to adapt a book to film] to film. The effect of “Becoming the Story” was mesmerizing in its repeated self-reflecting on self-reflection inside a creative hall of mirrors. I loved it!
With “Becoming the Story and Other Tales” L.E. Henderson exhibits her unique and striking blend of imagination and honesty in science fiction and fantasy. I highly recommend this collection to anyone who enjoys short stories of any kind! It will not disappoint....more