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Zach rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Fist Stick Knife Gun by Geoffrey Canada
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How does violence spread in cities? Where does the circle start? All violent criminals must have, at some point, been a sweet child who wants to love and be loved... right?

I think about that a lot because I momentarily tumbled through the world of ra
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Fist Stick Knife Gun by Geoffrey Canada
" Fist stick knife gun honestly was a 5 . The book was a NON-FICTION classic . I actually enjoyed reading the book alot . The book spoke about actual problems happening throughout the whole united states not just in New York city . In forming all t..." Read more of this review »
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The Martian by Andy Weir
" "Mars, the red planet, sure made me red with anger! You could say that its lack of oxygen choked the life out of me!" "
Zach rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Impro by Keith Johnstone
Impro
by Keith Johnstone
read in November, 2014
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It's a short manual for improv games in the theater, but it touches on dynamics of human relationships. Specifically, each interaction is a status interaction; one is high and the other is low. For a theater person, the trick is to have the actors pl ...more
Zach rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Power Broker by Robert A. Caro
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Good gravy, this book. Ostensibly, it's about Robert Moses, the man who held no elected office yet managed to create several municipal authorities over which he held exclusive control. His authorities built hundreds of parks and freeways in New York ...more
Bringing it to the Table by Wendell Berry
"I love this book. The middle section about Farming is the only section I wouldn't necessarily recommend to my foodie friends, but one which was valued by me.

This book consisted of three sections: Farms, Farming and Food. The first section were es..." Read more of this review »
Zach rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Taste What You're Missing by Barb Stuckey
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I thought this was a fun guide to the interaction of taste (i.e. what your tongue detects - sweet, salty, sour) and flavor (a more complex sensation that includes your sense of smell and invokes shadowy terms such as "earthy"). It's a little complica ...more
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How Buildings Learn by Stewart Brand
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I've come to enjoy flaneuring around neighborhoods of old homes with bric-a-brac additions, spidery porches, and scars of old windows. Three summers at Greenfield Village trained me to think of the lives of, and contained within, these buildings as t ...more
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Berlin Now by Peter Schneider
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A series of essays whose transitions resemble those of Mr. Show - connected, but not necessarily related. The reunification of Berlin is an unprecedented social experiment, and it's interesting to hear that the residents of each side of the wall have ...more
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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
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This was fun, but mixed. I was on board with the world imagined by Dick; when robots are built to resemble humans, what is human? Is it weak to empathize with their mechanical plight, or is that empathy all that separates us from the abyss? It's a bl ...more
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