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Beyond Geometry by Peter Pesic
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Pretty difficult going, in spite of the intended wider audience. The opening essay, written by Reimann himself, sets the stage, while most of the subsequent essays are just commentary on Reimann, until you reach the five essays by Einstein at the end ...more
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The Antichrist by Friedrich Nietzsche
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What is good? - Whatever augments the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself, in man.
What is evil? - Whatever springs from weakness.
What is happiness? - The feeling that power increases-that resistance is overcome


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A World Lit Only by Fire by William Manchester
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What exactly was the thesis of this book? It's sort of a confusing wander through European history.

My favorite chapters were the few early ones that indeed were about Midevil history and culture. Manchester paints a world nasty, brutish, and short,
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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
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Perhaps chalk this up to my not having read much non-fiction in past years, but I can't recall a more interesting character than Esther Greenwood. I guess Leopold Bloom? Compressed into this little book is a witty, accelerated coming-of-age story, fo ...more
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Jesus Before the Gospels by Bart D. Ehrman
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Bart Ehrman has published a ton of contrarian historical accounts of early Christinity. I remember listening several Teaching Company (now called Great Courses?) lectures by him when I was in high school. After reading Zealot, I was excited to learn ...more
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White by Bret Easton Ellis
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The first few essays about his early career are kind of boring, but I enjoyed "Post Sex", "Liking", "Tweeting", and "Post Empire", which were all engaging, if not always convincing.

"Post Sex" is paired film review of Moonlight and King Cobra that pa
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The Schoolhouse Gate by Justin Driver
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The conclusion offers a fantastic summary of the key trials discussed thoughout this book, and is worth quoting at length:

Without the Supreme Court, public schools today could still require students to salute the American flag or otherwise face expul
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The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
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Yes, it’s a cheesy cover. Yes, it’s a cheesy story. Yes, it’s virtually useless for anyone who doesn’t work in manufacturing. But I do, and this is now probably my favorite business book.

Goldratt is ascribing to the Socratic method of teaching, allow
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Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner
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This took several months of intermittent reading to get to, which works because each chapter mostly stands alone. There’s also a fantastic post-script that was written in 2017, as Trump was entering into office and putting into question much of the e ...more
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Gustave Flaubert
“Just when the gods had ceased to be, and the Christ had not yet come, there was a unique moment in history, between Cicero and Marcus Aurelius, when man stood alone.”
Gustave Flaubert, The Letters, 1830-1880

“Luck is the residue of design”
Branch Rickey

Henry James
“A second chance—that’s the delusion. There never was to be but one. We work in the dark—we do what we can—we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.”
Henry James, The Middle Years

Thomas Jefferson
“There exists indeed an opposition to it [building of UVA, Jefferson's secular college] by the friends of William and Mary, which is not strong. The most restive is that of the priests of the different religious sects, who dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of day-light; and scowl on it the fatal harbinger announcing the subversion of the duperies on which they live. In this the Presbyterian clergy take the lead. The tocsin is sounded in all their pulpits, and the first alarm denounced is against the particular creed of Doctr. Cooper; and as impudently denounced as if they really knew what it is.

[Letter to José Francesco Corrê a Da Serra - Monticello, April 11, 1820]”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

Xenophanes
“The gods did not reveal, from the beginning,
All things to us, but in the course of time
Through seeking we may learn and know things better.
But as for certain truth, no man has known it,
Nor shall he know it,neither of the gods
Nor yet of all the things of which I speak.
For even if by chance he were to utter
The final truth, he would himself not know it:
For all is but a woven web of guesses”
Xenophanes

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