Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Hours. Micheal Cunningham.

Cunningham, Michael. The Hours. Harper Perennial Toronto 2011 (first published 1998). F; 06/13 When you write, even my kind of sincere amateur nonfiction, once in awhile reading something really good (really creative, effortlessly resonant, wonderfully ranging imagination on display) you … Continue reading

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The Infinities. John Banville.

Banville, John. The Infinities. Vintage paper New York, 2009. F; 06/13 I remember being very impressed with The Sea. This one however missed me by a pretty safe margin. It felt like picking through a fabulous museum after a tornado. The wonderful … Continue reading

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State of Fear. Michael Crichton.

Crichton, Michael. State of Fear. 2004. F; 12/05 This thriller barely holds interest with respect to plot. But Crichton takes a (to me) surprising anti-environmentalist point of view. The take-home point is that he claims that agnosticism is the proper … Continue reading

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Gilead. Marilynne Robinson.

Robinson, Marilynne. Gilead. 2004. F; 1/06. Terrific fiction, even though just occasionally a bit heavy going. The narrator has to be challenging for a modern female author: male, and a Methodist clergyman in the 1950s. There is a wonderful statement … Continue reading

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The Line of Beauty. Alan Hollinghurst.

Hollinghurst, Alan. The Line of Beauty. Bloomsbury, New York 2005. F; 9/10. I was tricked into buying this book by the marketers at Chapters who put it on the “awards” shelf because it won one of the major fiction prizes … Continue reading

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You are Not a Gadget. Jaron Lanier.

Lanier, Jaron. You are Not a Gadget Knopf New York 2010. N; December 2010. Fascinating. This is the inventor of virtual reality who takes the soft view on the ontology of the “Brights”, on their website. Computer scientist and engineer, … Continue reading

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Wrong. David Friedman.

Friedman, David. Wrong: Why Experts Keep Failing Us — and How to Know When Not to Trust Them. Little, Brown New York 2010. N; December 2010. This guy contacted me by e-mail having run across sunshiners.ca. Obviously we agree about … Continue reading

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