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POSTS IN READERS’ BLOG

POSTS IN READERS’ BLOG

 There are three kinds of people in the world: Those who make things happen; those who watch things happen, And those who don’t know what happened. Readers are not in the latter category. Paraphrased Chinese Proverb   Foreword For many years, I have exchanged my “book notes”, as I call them, with friends, and many […]

A Man in Full

A Man in Full

Tom Wolfe A decade ago, Tom Wolfe exploded on the scene with his spellbinding Bonfire of the Vanities, which defined an era on Wall Street and gave us memorable insights into the business, minds and lives of bond dealers and financial wizards of many stripes.  His plots were fascinating, his characters full and vivid, his […]

Thomas Paine’s Collected Writings

Thomas Paine’s Collected Writings

Common Sense, Age of Reason, Rights of Man, Etc. (1737-1809) Thomas Paine was the impassioned voice of the American Revolution. His articles, pamphlets and books provided inspiration, courage and impetus to American revolutionaries. As John Adams wrote in 1805, “I know not whether any man in the world has had more influence on [America’s] inhabitants […]

The Art of Fielding

The Art of Fielding

Chad Harbach The Art of Fielding (“Fielding”), by Chad Harbach, is a novel built around a college baseball team and the faculty of the college, but, in reality, it is a thinly veiled promotion of homosexuality.  Despite this, it has virtues: The author’s command of English is admirable; his metaphors and epithets are superb, endless […]

The Art of Living (Epictetus)

The Art of Living (Epictetus)

Sharon Lebell The Art of Living, a 130-page paperback, offers a highly condensed version of the wisdom of Epictetus [Eh-pick-tee-tis] (55 BC -135AD), a slave in the Roman Empire, who is among the most heralded Roman philosophers and possibly the best known stoic, along with Zeno. His philosophy was revived in Tom Wolfe’s bestselling novel, […]

Birdsong

Birdsong

Sebastian Faulks Kiril Sokoloff, with whom I have exchanged book notes now and then, is the renowned writer of “13D”, a widely-respected monthly analysis of world financial trends, and one of the most and prodigious readers and laconic writers on our planet, and a fellow-devotee of Roberts’ modern classic, Shantaram.  Kiril was kind enough to […]