Posts about 'Books'

Heinlein, Starship Troopers and pragmatism

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Jim Wright is a retired US Navy Chief Warrant Officer who writes a personal site over at Stonekettle Station. You should go cruise through his back catalog, but today’s post is really interesting: discussing political pragmatism through the lens of Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers.

S. — my soon-to-be–11-year-old — is getting to the point where she’s reading more science fiction. She loved The Martian and is about to start on Rendezvous with Rama (thanks, Russ!). She read Ender’s Game and really enjoyed it. I’m going to re-read my Heinlein and see if she’s ready for it.

An outstanding book on caring for aging parents

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

I’ve been doing a lot of reading to get up to speed in my role at Compass Aging.

By far the best book I’ve read is A Bittersweet Season by Jane Gross, the original editor of the New York Times’ New Old Age blog. It combines a memoir of her time caring for her mother with a journalistic review of the industry and the challenges elders and their children must endure.

If you are older than 30 or have loved ones north of 60, you should read this book. You’ll thank me later.

An outlier in my own home

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

I walked around the house this morning all excited, saying “Woo Hoo, our copy of the new Programming Collective Intelligence book came!”

No one else in the house seemed all that excited.


Thursday, April 12th, 2007

I was sad this morning hearing of Kurt Vonnegut’s passing. I truly enjoyed his books — especially Cat’s Cradle and Galapagos. He spoke at my Syracuse graduation in 1994, rocking the Carrier Dome. He was an ornery old coot, writing screeds against the administration in 2002 that others wouldn’t dare until 2006. I’ll miss him.

This afternoon, I saw that Drew Bledsoe has retired. Bledsoe was the key to the Patriots renaissance in the mid-nineties. I had to suffer through all the 2-14 years, including the ghastly Coach Mac era, and Bledsoe, Parcells and Kraft turned it around. He didn’t end up with the Hall of Fame career we all expected, but he was a classy guy. I wish him well on his Montana ranch.

[tags]Bledsoe, Vonnegut[/tags]

Harry Potter pre-ordered!

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

July 21st. Bring it! We’re going on vacation a week later, but I’m certain we’ll have finished it long before we hit the beach.

Go get your own copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

100 notable books for the year

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

Once upon a time, I read a lot of books. Perhaps someday I will resume. In the meantime, I can feed my literary fantasies with the Times’ 100 notable books for 2006.

Can you judge a book by its title?

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

Every once in a while, my sweetie gives me an interesting look when checking out the latest box from Amazon. Today’s example? Late Night Discussions on the Theory of Constraints. That title generated a slow shake of the head and slight roll of the eyes.

I think the all-time winner for the WTF look was Practical Common Lisp, which, as it turns out, is not a field-guide for handling speech disorders.