Content tagged with "books"

Anecdotes vs. Principles
March 25, 2019

I’m reading The Secret World: A History of Intelligence, which is the history of espionage around the world. It’s a magisterial work – some 800 pages. I’m struggling with it, and here’s why: it’s...

Excerpts from “Casino Royale”
November 17, 2009

I just got done reading “Casino Royale” for the third or fourth time. This is the original novel, from 1953. It was the first James Bond novel, written by Ian Fleming from his estate in Jamiaca. There...

On the Interestingness and Usefulness of Books
November 12, 2014

I’m reading more now than at any time in my life. I set a 2014 goal of one book per week (52 in all), and as of the second week in November, I’m at 58. Additionally, I’ve been keeping track of my...

Reading Shakespeare
December 25, 2014

My reading goal in 2014 was 52 books (one per week). I ended up reading 66 (and counting). My tentative goal for 2015 is to read all of Shakespeare’s 38 plays. I started early with The Merchant of...

Where is your Iceland?
December 6, 2014

I just finished “Brave New World,” a novel written in 1932 which describes the “perfection” of society through science. Parallel to the advancement of science, “Brave New World” deals in the...