Archive for the 'books' Category

07
Aug
10

“politically incorrect” guides


regnery publishing, via ILX

The acceptance of the concept of “political correctness” is one of the greatest propaganda victories of conservative media in the last 20 years. I recommend checking out some of the descriptions of titles available from this publisher:

“The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to Darwinism and Intelligent Design
by Jonathan Wells
Paperback – (August 2006) – $19.95

Did you know…most textbooks on evolution are written by Darwinists with an ideological ax to grind? And scientists who try to teach about intelligent design are silenced? But fear not: Jonathan Wells, a microbiologist with Ph.D.s from Berkeley and Yale, unmasks the truth about Darwinism–why it is wrong and what the real evidence is. He provides all the facts you need to challenge the most closed-minded Darwinist. The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to Darwinism and Intelligent Design reveals falsehoods about Darwinism being taught in public schools, persecution of university scientists who see good evidence for intelligent design, the guesswork that founded the famous “ape to man” species chart, and more!”

“The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to Women, Sex, and Feminism
by Carrie Lukas
Paperback – (May 2006) – $19.95

Since the Feminist Revolution, women have climbed the corporate ladder, sent their kids to daycare, and struggled to balance work, family, and the redefinition of gender roles. Many unexpectedly learned the hard way that “having it all” comes at a steep cost—something the feminists never told them. “Feminist groups like to pretend that women can have it all without sacrificing time with families—this is FALSE and most women know it,” claims Carrie Lukas, vice president for policy and economics at the Independent Women’s Forum, contributor to National Review Online, and author of the latest installment of the bestselling series, The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to Women, Sex, and Feminism. Lukas clears the air, busts the myths, and provides the best (but usually suppressed) research on the most important issues young women face, so that women can make better decisions about their families, careers, and futures.”

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16
Oct
09

election, 2008!

mccain
American Gomorrah–Did Palin Cost the GOP the 2008 Election?

The title of this article is somewhat misleading- it’s more an overview of various books about the 2008 election, rather than being specifically about Sarah Palin. But since the Huffington Post hates her, that’s what this article is called. Anyway, reading this article reminds me how excited I still am about the 2008 election and how it will undoubtedly remain one of the most dramatic political events in our lifetimes. Frankly I want to read all of the books mentioned in this article. I’m desperate to know what was going on behind the scenes in these campaigns (especially the McCain campaign! holy crap, what drama). I read so much about the election during the election- I wonder how reading “the complete story”, all at once, would influence my perception of how the election unfolded. It’s almost hard to believe now how scared I was that McCain was going to win, and that’s something I’m curious to know if any of these books capture.

15
Oct
09

camus – the fall

the fall
I finished reading this about a week ago, and enjoyed it quite a bit. Actually, looking back at my thoughts about The Plague, I think I was actually being far more negative than I actually felt about the book. The Plague was actually very interesting, but I enjoyed The Fall much more. For one, it’s a lot shorter, so it doesn’t last long enough to feel like it’s dragging on. Furthermore, the plot is simply one man telling his story to you (or rather, to a nameless character that stands in for the reader). There’s no real drama driving the plot- everything you read about happened in the character’s past, so there isn’t any danger or cliffhangers or whatever. But the character who is divulging his story to you- Jean-Baptiste Clamence- is very interesting, and I felt compelled to learn more about his history, as well as his philosophy. And his philosophy is ultimately what is expressed in the book- I don’t want to spoil anything, but was a pretty interesting take on human behavior. I wonder how much Camus viewed this as his own philosophy? That is, how sympathetic he was to Clamence? Looking now at the Wikipedia entry for the book, I think that my understanding of the ending is somewhat different than whoever edited the article. Man I need a book club!

06
Oct
09

camus – the plague

the plague

I finished reading this a couple of days ago. It was the second time I’ve read it, the first time being maybe four years ago? I recall liking this book a lot the first time I read it. The second time, it seemed to drag on, not really having anything driving the plot, and the characters seemed unrealistic to me. I think this is generally true of Camus novels- his characters mostly exist so that Camus can express his beliefs about human nature, rather than tell a compelling story. I suspect the first time I read this book, I was taken by Camus’ humanist philosophy, which I still find interesting. This time, though, I was more conscious of the novel’s failings as a story, rather than the underlying philosophy. I’m reading “The Fall”, also by Camus, now. It seems to be quite a bit shorter than “The Plague”, so it will be a quick read, and I can compare the two books.




A MAN AGAINST INSANITY by Paul de Kruif.
The story of a doctor who conquered his own insanity and now shows others the way back, by the author of Microbe Hunters.
"An old master Paul de Kruif surely is. His latest book has pace, it has style, it has a sharply drawn hero, and, most important, it tells one of the great stories of our times." -Washington Post and Times Herald.

I found that in the back of a copy of Nova Express by William S. Burroughs.

My name is Alex and I live in LA the Bay Area.

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