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The Cocktail Party
3.71
it was amazing
"We die to each other daily.
What we know of other people
Is only our memory of the moments
During which we knew them. And they have changed since then.
T
...more
Nov 13, 2009
Nov 13, 2009
 
Wittgenstein's Poker: The Story of a Ten-Minute Argument Between Two Great Philosophers
3.75
really liked it
Recently (re)discovering a keen interest in Wittgenstein and his work, I found myself once again lacking when I tried to confront the material head-on ...more
Dec 26, 2008
Dec 26, 2008
 
Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, Expanded Third Edition
4.51
it was amazing
I had no idea how much I would love this book. It's a monster - huge, unwieldily to hold and read, but a truly valuable and insightful book.

This is no
...more
Apr 14, 2015
May 22, 2015
 
Pain: The Science of Suffering
4.01
really liked it
This book is not a self-help or pain healing book, and as there are so many of those, this book sets itself apart by looking closely at the causes and ...more
Dec 20, 2008
Dec 01, 2008
 
Philosophical Investigations
4.23
really liked it
When I read this years ago, I struggled with it. Tractatus had been so beautifully efficient and lucid (wrong, but beautiful nonetheless.) Then I dove ...more
Dec 27, 2008
not set
Dec 27, 2008
 
The Misfortunes of Virtue and Other Early Tales
3.81
liked it
**spoiler alert** "Yes, I am a libertine(1), I admit it freely. I have dreamed of doing everything that it is possible to dream of in that line. But I ...more
Dec 31, 2002
Nov 05, 2008
 
On Old Age, On Friendship & On Divination
4.10
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** It is hard to imagine that as our civilization has progressed these two thousand years, that we feel less and less inclined to serio ...more
Sep 18, 2002
not set
not set
not set
Nov 05, 2008
 
Tango And The Political Economy Of Passion
3.92
really liked it
Really, this is my last update on this one, I promise.

"Because I have no answers to my questions, I tango. I tango because I have to move in the midst
...more
Feb 05, 2009
Feb 05, 2009
 
Public and Private Occasions
4.00
really liked it
"There is a great difference between the effects of a script that is easily & fluently legible, & one which one can write but not easily decip ...more
Feb 02, 2009
Feb 02, 2009
 
The Extraordinary Death of Antonia
3.50
really liked it
Dark, beautiful and mesmerizing. The imagery and pacing build a lush story of pain, love and redemption. It's a very fast read, though you don't reall ...more
not set
Jun 29, 2015
 
The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success
3.72
it was ok
I was going to say this could have been so much better, but really, with the premise presented, I don't know that there was much to salvage. It's fill ...more
Dec 31, 2014
Sep 01, 2015
 
Fifty-five, Unemployed, and Faking Normal: Your Guide to a Better Retirement Life
4.10
it was amazing
Don't wait until your 50's to heed this advice

I know so many people already struggling with unemployment and age discrimination in their forties. Ther
...more
May 07, 2017
May 07, 2017
 
A Single Man
4.11
it was amazing
Like many, I saw the Tom Ford movie before reading the book, and as much as I like the visual appeal of Ford's movie, the book is so much better. Whil ...more
Jun 15, 2015
Jun 15, 2015
 
The Mind of a Mnemonist: A Little Book about a Vast Memory
4.02
it was amazing
I loved this book. Quite a fast read. It not only discusses S.'s memory capabilities, but the synesthesia that plays such a big part in how S. remembe ...more
Jun 21, 2015
Jun 19, 2015
 
Iron Council (New Crobuzon, #3)
3.69
really liked it
I enjoyed this book least among the "Bas Lag" collection, "The Scar" still being my favorite. That's not to say I didn't like it - I liked it and reco ...more
Aug 09, 2015
Jul 22, 2015
 
Kafka on the Shore
4.13
really liked it
**spoiler alert** "Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness is a story." attributed to Tolstoy, by Oshima, Kafka on the Shore.

"In dreams begin responsibi
...more
Jan 18, 2009
Jan 10, 2009
 
An Unnecessary Woman
3.81
it was amazing
It's been a very long time since I've read a book all in one go. I couldn't put it down. I also am at a complete loss to describe it. It rambles and w ...more
Jun 13, 2015
Jun 14, 2015
 
Murakami Haruki: The Simulacrum in Contemporary Japanese Culture
2.83
liked it
**spoiler alert** I finally finished this one and with that I feel like I should get some sort of an award, really. This was difficult reading. While ...more
Mar 21, 2009
Mar 21, 2009
 
Advanced Foot Control for Dancers
3.67
it was amazing
This book is incredibly valuable to dancers, dance teachers and health professionals who treat dancers. She covers everything from basic care of the f ...more
Feb 20, 2013
not set
Mar 07, 2013
 
The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase
4.32
it was amazing
How I wish I'd had this book in high school (or college)! This is the best book I've read on making writing memorable, eloquent, and understood. Wheth ...more
Feb 16, 2016
Jul 21, 2015
 
The Memory Palace - Learn Anything and Everything (Starting With Shakespeare and Dickens)
3.72
it was amazing
I read this book as part of my journey to train my memory. I have a condition that makes remembering things (short term and long term) a challenge. Th ...more
Mar 12, 2015
May 22, 2015
 
Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
4.06
really liked it
The ascii text is available from the Gutenberg Library here: Tractatus Logico Philosphicus

I wish I could remember who described this to me as a "Logic
...more
Dec 16, 2008
not set
Dec 27, 2008
 
The Miner
3.99
liked it
"Apparently, I was willing to do anything within reason but still wanted to leave myself an escape, which is probably why I said I was planning to tak ...more
Jan 28, 2009
Jan 28, 2009
 
Cerulean Sins (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #11)
3.84
liked it
Now that I've read all the other books in the series, lovely Mike bought me the latest, "Cerulean Sins" as a Christmas present. I wanted to wait to fi ...more
Jan 03, 2004
Nov 05, 2008
 
Wittgenstein, Mind and Meaning: Towards a Social Conception of Mind
4.57
liked it
Reading this online is very challenging. Well, reading any text online is challenging. Williams' writing, however, is very clear. Though originally wr ...more
Jan 06, 2009
Jan 06, 2009
 
A Gesture Life
3.78
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I think I can summarize the heart of this story best in 2 quotes:

From the main character, Doc Hata, "'Please understand me. There a
...more
Mar 03, 2009
Feb 13, 2009
 
Bad Behavior: Stories
3.91
really liked it
I really bought this for only one of the short stories, Secretary - the basis for the movie of the same name, but I enjoyed all of them. The stories a ...more
May 10, 2015
May 22, 2015
 
How to Become a Straight-A Student
4.16
really liked it
Another book I picked up as a result of Ramit Sethi's Finisher's Formula class (as well as Newport's So Good They Can't Ignore You," and pre-ordered " ...more
Dec 23, 2015
Dec 23, 2015
 
Loose Woman
4.21
it was amazing
Cisneros is frank, wicked, tender, soulful and at times perfectly hilarious. Highly recommended reading.
not set
Jun 30, 2015
 
So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
4.09
it was amazing
Such a good book, I think I'm going to read it again. I read it quickly because it was so engaging and felt so relevant to my situation, and that of m ...more
Dec 23, 2015
Dec 23, 2015
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