Summer Reading

Wanted to start this summer by reading some classics on the U.S. military, from WWII to the hunt for bin Laden.

January Reads

Reading for the month. Highlights: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (halfway done and amazing, just like 1Q84), Life of Pi and All the President’s Men.

Reading Batman

Gotta’ love Batman! Here is his first appearance, from Detective Comics #27, from May 1939. It is a simple, cool story and it is only six pages. It introduces Commissioner James Gordon and ends showing that Bruce Wayne is Batman (technically “the Bat-Man”). I’ve read three Batman graphic novels recently: Batman: Year One (okay); Batman: Hush (excellent); and Batman:…

Confession: Why I Love to Read

It’s official: I have an addiction to reading. But hey, nothin’ wrong with that, right Doc? I’ve already read more than 20 books this summer, and I’m aiming for another 10 to 15 more before I go back to college. So, why do I read? Well, there’s the obvious answers: To get lost in a…

Book review: Jack 1939, a WWII spy tale

The book gives the genesis for John F Kennedy’s passion for solving international politics and upholding democracy Jack 1939 follows a young John F. Kennedy, a senior at Harvard researching his thesis about Europe’s political chaos with the impending world war. Only the novel, by Francine Mathews (Riverhead Books, expected publication Thursday, July 5), takes…

My Summer (Book!) Road Trip

Reading is my raison de être. So, after a hectic semester in college, I am celebrating my freedom with a three-part summer goal: Read, read and read. I can think of no better way of spending three months than by lounging around reading a good sci-fi or two. I just finished Carte Blanche, Jeffery Deaver’s…

Of Aliens and Men: Science Fiction, a Genre Code (Anthropology essay)

Wohoo, got to write an essay about science fiction! It was fun being able to write about The Hunger Games and X-Men! This is my final paper for my Language and Culture Anthropology class. We have to evaluate a code, which is a genre (like punk rock music, or fashion, or mystery novels). INTRODUCTION            …

“Divergent,” the next great Young Adult dystopian novel

“I am not Abnegation. I am not Dauntless. I am Divergent. And I can’t be controlled.” -Tris Definitely my favorite line from Divergent, by Veronica Roth, a young adult dystopian about a society split into factions based on personality. The quote captures Tris’ edgy personality. Divergent has been hailed as the next great young adult…

Happy Book Day! (And other thoughts on World Book and Copyright Day)

Today is World Book and Copyright Day, as celebrated by UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization). You can check out its history here, but the day “seeks to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright,” according to UNESCO. Tonight is also World Book Night (unrelated to UNESCO), where volunteers…

Catch-22: The mind of a genius

Here is one example of Joseph Heller’s brilliance from Catch-22. Nurse Duckett has urgent news about Dunbar: Nurse Duckett: “They’re going to disappear him.” Yossarian: “They’re what?” he asked in surprise, and laughed uneasily. “What does that mean?” Nurse Duckett: “I don’t know. I heard them talking behind a door.” Yossarian: “Who?” Nurse Duckett: “I…