Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

“Like Olympic medals and tennis trophies, all they signified was that the owner had done something of no benefit to anyone more capably than everyone else.”

February 14, 2018

Heller, Joseph. Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition (p. 82). Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition.

“Any effort that has self-glorification as its final endpoint is bound to end in disaster.”

February 6, 2018

Pirsig, Robert M.. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values (p. 189). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

“Mental reflection is so much more interesting than TV it’s a shame more people don’t switch over to it.”

February 6, 2018

Pirsig, Robert M.. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values (p. 183). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

“THIS is a disturbing book. Many readers will find parts of it hard to stomach. But anyone who wants to understand the so-called Islamic State (IS) should read it.”

December 7, 2017

https://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21731804-young-yazidi-iraqi-was-raped-daily-her-abuse-blessed-jihadist-groups-twisted

I’m  not sure I will actually read this book.  Even the review in The Economist was tough to read.  But if the author has to live with actually having experienced the things about which she writes . . .

Excerpt:

The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight against the Islamic State. By Nadia Murad and Jenna Krajeski. Tim Duggan Books; 306 pages; $27. Virago; £18.99.

THIS is a disturbing book. Many readers will find parts of it hard to stomach. But anyone who wants to understand the so-called Islamic State (IS) should read it. The jihadists who until recently controlled much of Iraq and Syria hit on a recruiting technique that was as crude as it was ingenious. They urged their fighters to capture and keep sex slaves—and convinced them to feel virtuous about it.

“MAYBE YOU SHOULD BE AN ENGLISH MAJOR. AT LEAST, YOU GET TO READ STUFF THAT’S WRITTEN BY PEOPLE WHO CAN WRITE! YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING TO BE AN ENGLISH MAJOR, YOU DON’T NEED ANY SPECIAL TALENT, YOU JUST HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT SOMEONE WANTS YOU TO SEE—TO WHAT MAKES SOMEONE ANGRIEST, OR THE MOST EXCITED IN SOME OTHER WAY. IT’S SO EASY; I THINK THAT’S WHY THERE ARE SO MANY ENGLISH MAJORS.”

November 30, 2017

Irving, John. A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel (p. 320). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.