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The Inland Sea
3.93
it was ok
I go back and forth on this one. It is supposed to be a classic of western takes on japan and there are parts I liked a lot, but it took 5-6 months to ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 19, 2007
 
The Haiku Apprentice: Memoirs of Writing Poetry in Japan
4.28
really liked it
An interesting book on haiku framed with bits of memoir. I always assumed there was more to haiku than just counting syllables, but since my exposure ...more
Feb 19, 2008
Dec 30, 2007
 
Journey Into Mohawk Country
3.48
really liked it
My step-Dad recommended this to me when I was visiting home a couple of weeks ago.

A graphic novelization of a Dutch trader's journal as he ventured i
...more
Nov 2007
Dec 11, 2007
 
Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel (Great Discoveries)
3.96
liked it
Well written and a good picture of Godel, his work, philosophy and the times he lived in. There would be more starts up there but for 2 reasons:

1 The
...more
Apr 2007
Apr 23, 2007
 
Foucault's Pendulum
3.89
it was amazing
For a long time this was my stock answer to "What is your favorite book?"

I read it book twice, once in high school and then again the summer after I f
...more
Jul 1997
Mar 06, 2007
 
The Braindead Megaphone
3.98
really liked it
A collection of essays and satire. I found it to be a slightly mixed bag (I thought the satirical essays were the weakest), but most of the pieces wer ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 30, 2007
 
Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames
4.17
really liked it
I found the book useful. Growing up I felt I was offered few ideas about how to deal with anger other than to swallow it or to take it out on the worl ...more
Aug 2007
Oct 19, 2007
 
Empty Mirror
4.07
really liked it
A westerner's take on Zen, Japan, and life in a Kyoto Rinzai monastery in the late 50s or early 60s. Far more down to earth than you might think. This ...more
Jan 2007
Mar 06, 2007
 
The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana
3.34
liked it
Starts off really well with an interesting premise - an antiquarian bookseller loses his personal memory but retains the memory of what he has read. T ...more
May 2007
Mar 07, 2007
 
Getting Wet: Adventures in the Japanese Bath
3.83
liked it
The bath is something different in Japan than it is in the West. Getting clean isn't the point, you do that before you get in. It's about the soak, fo ...more
Oct 2007
Nov 23, 2007
 
The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck
4.67
really liked it
Really good, but I think it is held back a little by being too clever and too tied to its concept. Don Rosa does an amazing job creating a narrative t ...more
Oct 19, 2007
Mar 29, 2007
 
The Power and the Glory
3.99
liked it
My first encounter with Graham Greene. I had high expectations which were only partially met. The beginning of the second section was tense and breath ...more
Jul 2007
Oct 19, 2007
 
Memed, My Hawk (İnce Memed, #1)
4.37
really liked it
A fun reasonably quick read that reminded me of a Turkish Robin Hood. Memed flees an oppressive life to become a bandit. The book is pretty episodic ( ...more
Nov 2007
Dec 11, 2007
 
Music Through the Floor: Stories
4.12
it was amazing
Probably my favorite thing that I read in 2007.

There isn't anything too flashy going on here, just excellent short stories populated with genuine, mu
...more
Dec 15, 2007
Feb 19, 2008
 
The Disappointment Artist
3.62
really liked it
A good companion to The Fortress of Solitude. Many of the essays are an accounting of Lethem's childhood in Brooklyn in a similar time and place to th ...more
Sep 2007
Oct 19, 2007
 
Other Electricities
4.06
really liked it
A series of interrelated, experimental short stories. The best stories in this collection (even though they are often bleak) make me excited about rea ...more
Nov 2006
Mar 29, 2007
 
Neck Deep and Other Predicaments: Essays
3.90
really liked it
On the whole quite good. The essays range from amazing to pretty good. There's a lot of experimenting with form here which for the most part works wel ...more
Oct 19, 2007
Mar 29, 2007
 
The Brooklyn Follies
3.82
really liked it
I read Auster's New York Trilogy a little over a year ago. I appreciated and was amused by its meta-fictional devices and occasionally floored by its ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 23, 2007
 
Buddha, Vol. 1: Kapilavastu (Buddha, #1)
4.15
really liked it
Cool mix of madcap manga and the life of the Buddha. Sort of if Larry Gonick had grown up watching anime. Reminds me of Bone some as well, although I' ...more
May 2007
Jul 05, 2007
 
Wanting Enlightenment Is a Big Mistake: Teachings of Zen Master Seung Sahn
3.98
liked it
I stumbled across this collection of question and answer sessions, stories, and anecdotes in the library. There are some reasonably insightful and int ...more
Aug 2007
Oct 19, 2007
 
Kyoto: A Cultural History
4.20
liked it
A pre-travel primer offering a brief overview of Kyoto, Japanese history and culture. Perhaps too brief, unless you are getting ready to go there soon ...more
Mar 2007
Mar 07, 2007
 
Jude the Obscure
3.81
it was ok
This is why I was not an English major. Overwrought folks from the 19th century just don't do it for me (although overwrought folks from the 20th and ...more
Mar 2007
Mar 07, 2007
 
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1)
4.24
it was amazing
Pretty amazing. There's a whole lot packed in here: a portrait of a changing culture, a revolution of the left turned on its head, the 1984-like exper ...more
Feb 2007
Mar 06, 2007
 
The Way Of Zen
4.18
really liked it
Good overall take on Zen. Watts' outsider's perspective (historical and philosophical) is a good companion to the Janwillem van de Wetering's attempts ...more
Feb 2007
Mar 07, 2007
 
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return (Persepolis, #2)
4.24
really liked it
Not quite as good as the first one. With the less dramatic historical context, it seemed a little episodic and meandering. Still pretty amazing, thoug ...more
Feb 2007
Mar 06, 2007
 
A Glimpse of Nothingness: Experiences in an American Zen Community
3.96
really liked it
Like the title says, in this second book of the author's Zen experience he starts to get somewhere. Inspiring.
Jan 2007
Mar 06, 2007
 
The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation
4.26
liked it
Some really good suggestions on mediation, some others that I did not find as useful.
Jul 2007
Oct 19, 2007
 
Being Peace
4.36
liked it
Read on the "further reading" recommendation of the instructor of my mindfulness class.
May 2007
Jul 05, 2007
 
Afterzen: Experiences of a Zen Student Out on His Ear
3.82
liked it
The less fun, but no less interesting, fallout of his Zen experiences.
Jan 2007
Mar 06, 2007
 
Buddha, Vol. 7: Prince Ajatasattu
4.33
really liked it
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Aug 2007
Oct 19, 2007
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