Category: Book Reviews

What I’m Reading: Number 44 – The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain

Number 44: The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain Ah, yes. Finally a bit of light reading – Mark Twain…warning, there be spoilers directly ahead…stop now or don’t blame me. I picked this book up because this winter has been particularly gloomy and grey and rainy and wet and moldy...

What I’m Reading #2 – Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Yesterday, I finished reading (for the 3rd time) Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. It’s a worthy book and recommended for anyone and everyone – even if it sometimes goes pretty far afield. I read this book in my teens and then in my late 20s and recently...

What I’m Reading – The Art of Thinking by Ernest Dimnet

I don’t read as much as I used to, but I still usually have about a dozen books going at a time – they just don’t turn as frequently as they used to. It occurred to me that not only might it be useful to my readers to share...

Shantaram – A Book I was Meant to Read

I want to tell you a story – A little more than a decade ago, I was a tanned beach boy living in Hawaii. I met a tourist girl and she was looking for an island romance so she invited me to dinner. I wanted to sleep with her...

A Memento of Henri Bergson – Christopher Nolan’s Memento

A Memento of Henri Bergson by Vago Damitio You may think that you are free, but you are not. You may think that each action you take is an unrestrained choice, but it is not. You ( and everyone else) are incarcerated in a prison that controls every action...

Amazon’s Amazon Coins are No Play Money – Exploring Virtual Currency

The world of virtual currency is nothing new. However, Amazon.com just unveiled a new virtual currency. It will be coming in May and lots of people are excited about it…but not everyone. I remember hearing about this phenomenon a few years ago. I laughed, I thought it was a...

The Time of Rice

Time for Rice. Rice Time. The Rice for Time. Timing Rice. by Vago Damitio It is easy to forget that time is a human construction. Not to say that things didn’t happen in a way that could be described as ‘time’ before humans were measuring it, but this is...

The Impact of the Concept of Culture on the Concept of Man

Here is a link to some excerpts from the Geertz essay Summary of the Main Points of “The Impact of the Concept of Culture on the Concept of Man” – Clifford Geertz (summary by Vago Damitio) In this essay, Clifford Geertz goes to great efforts to make the point...