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Jesse rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Galápagos by Kurt Vonnegut
Galápagos
by Kurt Vonnegut
read in June, 2010
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I loved the idea that all of our problems today arise because of our large brains, and that we eventually evolve to have smaller, more suitable brains. It was very interesting and kind of annoying how Vonnegut was always telling the reader the ending...more
Jesse rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
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This is the second and half time I've read this book. It was different this time because I have started a zazen practice. Therefor it was much more practical this time. Quite often it got be thinking about time - how we think of time as a time-line t...more
Jesse rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Sorrows of Young Werther and Selected Writings by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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I was expecting this to be more challenging. It was actually a bit of a page turner. I really enjoying Werther's happy and inspired period in the beginning, then slowly it turned dark and darker. Goethe manages to convey an insane amount of emotion i...more
Jesse rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
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This is the first Samuel Beckett I've read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The dialogue is abstract, but not completely. It seems to stand right on the line of conventional comprehension and the other (perhaps stream of conciousness, or abstract). This is...more
Jesse rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Thelonious Monk by Robin D.G. Kelley
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Robin Kelley did an insane amount of research for this book. It goes quite beyond the normal amount of detail for a biography. Sometimes he over does it. I didn't really need to know about the background of Monk's mother's pastor for a year, but Kell...more
Jesse rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
Nine Stories
by J.D. Salinger
read in April, 2010
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Generally, I didn't find the nine stories as memorable as Salinger's longer works. But the writing is superb - we still get some of his great dialogue in them. Standouts for me are "Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes" for the phone conversation, "Dr. Dau...more
Jesse rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger
read in February, 2010
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The 4th time is a charm! Definitely one of my top 5 all-time favorites. The language is so hilarious, while the story is rather sad - love that combination.
Jesse rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
Eating Animals
by Jonathan Safran Foer
read in February, 2010
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It is really depressing and disturbing to read about the cruelty that factory farmed animals endure. It is more depressing to think about how oblivious so many people are to it. It is most depressing that many people will not read this book because t...more
Jesse rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Zen MacRobiotics by Georges Ohsawa
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This book is a good overview to Ohsawa's philosophy of macrobiotics. It is essentially a method of healing oneself. It is based on the philosophy of Yin and Yang, and balancing those contradictory yet complimentary forces in your life. The first plac...more
Jesse rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Macrobiotics by George Ohsawa
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After about 2 months of following the macrobiotic diet, I'm feeling very thankful for it. I've wanted to be vegetarian for a long time. Tried it for a couple years, and felt tired, fatigued, unbalanced. Macrobiotics has given me a way to balance a ve...more
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