Ten books I loved in 2015 (and you might too)

10 books I loved in 2015

I’ve been reading so many good books lately and have been meaning to share them with you.  (I’ve also read duds, and a mix of love and dislike, as you’ll see in my other list of 17 that didn’t make the “love cut” below.) I hope you find the following useful for gifts to others or … yourself.* It’s really a windy and sundry path of books discovered through random podcasts, reviews, word(s)-of-mouth, and Wikipedia searches gone disturbingly deep and tangential.   Ten books (I loved) in 2015 I loved the following books. I’ve included my short book “reaction” and … Keep goin’

It’s easy to stand

Milan Kundera

…when everyone else is standing. But I’ll get into that momentarily.  For now – I just finished another excellent book by Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting.  Calling it a book seems crude somehow, for in these pages Kundera no less than invites you to dive into the fundamental workings of society at large and humanity in the specific. Aphorisms glide from character to paragraph, and beyond recognition there is an understanding that articulates itself so fluidly you hardly notice since you agree so enthusiastically. Kundera is one of about three or four authors that makes me feel … Keep goin’

Ingredient #2: Activism

You, you, you. You! Or me? In the past few years, I’ve noticed something about New Year’s resolutions.  They are usually focused in one direction, and one direction only: self-improvement. While there’s nothing wrong with shedding some cookie-induced superfluous poundage, or vowing to work less and live more, it seems odd that, supplementing this, there are very few resolutions outside of the self. What about helping someone else? Too freaking vague, perhaps.  Or maybe you don’t know what you care about yet.  In any case, it’s high time to figure it out. According to both the “Blue Zone” study, which … Keep goin’