Books

Find ideas on what to read next and read my essays on some notable works.

Best Reads of 2015: Part 1

Best Reads of 2015: Part 1

2015 was (is) a good reading year. I was able to return to a decent pace (i.e., pre-wedding planning pace). These are the top 5 of my personal best reads of 2015.   1. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson Just Mercy is a powerful account of Stevenson’s lifework in the...

Engineering With Soul: A Spiritual Dimension to Work

Engineering With Soul: A Spiritual Dimension to Work

This article is the third of an essay series on engineering, titled Between Jerusalem and Athens. Read the first here and the second here.   “I can’t just work with mice!” Billy told me after not seeing each other for 8 years. “I need people, human interaction.”...

From the EQuad to the World

From the EQuad to the World

From the Equad to the World is about the segmentation of knowledge and education. It’s an argument for multidisciplinary thinking.

A Book Can Change Your Life

A Book Can Change Your Life

A book can change your life. One encounter, leading to a discovery of a new world, then inspiring action in real life.

Go Set A Watchman: A Conversation Starter

I love Go Set A Watchman (GSAW). I enjoy GSAW as a book, but I love it ever more as a phenomenon. From the story of how the manuscript was discovered, the speculation on whether or not Harper Lee was forced to publish it, the debate on whether it should or shouldn’t...

Book Review: Beloved

Toni Morrison, Beloved, Penguin Putnam Inc., 1998. Chilling. Powerful. Mysterious. Beautiful. Like a painting.   Beloved is a work of art. And like many pieces of art, there are aspects of it that I don’t understand. I’m not too left-brained, however, to miss the...

OK, But Not OK. Not OK, but OK.

OK, But Not OK. Not OK, but OK.

My reading journey through Thinking, Fast and Slow, Part 3   I care whether what I believe is true. I care whether or not my perceptions equal reality. I want the correlation between how I think things are and how things really are to be 100%. This is much like...

When Size Matters

My reading journey through Thinking, Fast and Slow, Part 2   Over the next year and an half, the North American news media will be inundated with polls. Who leads in what polls and what margin does one have over another. There is nothing wrong with polls, except...

Don’t Jump!

My reading journey through Thinking, Fast and Slow, Part 1 I’m thoroughly enjoying my journey through Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. This book is a must-read for anyone who cares whether the mechanism by which they think, process information, and...

Book Trail: Just Mercy

Reading is like treasure hunting. Usually, my casual reading materials follow a theme over some time. One book leads to another; one subject prompts questions on a related matter. Maybe I need time to let the thoughts simmer in my head before moving on to other...

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Spiegel & Grau, 2014) It has been a while since I’ve heard or read about a life so impressive as Bryan Stevenson’s, author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. His chosen line of work, or...

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