The Decameron

The Decameron

Giovanni Boccaccio’s book, is truly a delight and one of best works of fiction of that time period certainly. Written in the 1350’s and about the plague then threatening Europe, Boccaccio has his characters leave Florence in search of safety in the country of Tuscany. There, there seven women and three men, take turns “being […]

To Kill a Mockingbird

Back in ancient times, I was about to graduate from high school. I had obtained, through what means I no longer remember, a pamphlet (as I recall) entitled something to this effect: “Books everyone should have read before they attend college.” Since I was headed to college in the fall, I set about reading what […]

The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

Julian Jaynes book created a stir when it came out in 1976. That has essentially not changed. It remains controversial but most agree that at it’s worst, it has sparked investigation in several new areas that he pointed to, as well as creating an atmosphere of interdisciplinary interaction as he touches upon so contributing factors […]

Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance

This is one of many of Noam Chomsky’s works, this written in 2003.While it precedes much of the Iranian war obviously, it strikes a note that reinforces what we have come to know as the history of that fiasco. Noam Chomsky is professor of linguistics and philosophy at MIT. His research is impeccable and exhausting […]

Between the World and Me

In college I read Baldwin, Fanon, Malcolm, DuBois and of course King. In my legal career, I worked much of it under African-American men and women within my own office and in the court system. I thought I had a handle on racism in this country. Ta-Nehisi Coates taught me otherwise. Mr. Coates ostensibly writes […]

What is God?

An interesting premise no? Not who is God but what is God? John Haught begins immediately to take you from your comfort zone, from the words and phrases we so casually use in reference to God–to the way in which we visualize, speak of and think of God. He grabs some of the most well-known […]

Thinking Fast and Slow

I suppose the first thing that draws you to this sort of book is how does a professor of psychology end up getting a nobel prize in economics? Well, that is because most economic theory is based upon a model of human decision-making that is structured around rationality, and it turns out that humans by […]