How to Be a Writer

If the last book I reviewed, “How to Read a Book”, and Barbara Baig’s 2010 work “How to Be a Writer” are reflections of my personality, then it is clear that I liked to be told how to do things that I already do habitually. Although I seem to repeat variations of this same idea,… Continue reading How to Be a Writer

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How To Read A Book

In 1940 an American Philosopher Mortimer Adler Wrote the first version of a book that will later be called “the classic guide to intelligent reading”. Thirty-two years later Adler heavily edited the work alongside an American academic and TV show host turned game show scandal subject Charles Van Doren. This version of the book “How… Continue reading How To Read A Book

Child of God, a Book Review

Child of God, Cormac McCarthy

Review At times funny and charming and most other times out right haunting, Child of God is another excellent work by the renown writer Cormac McCarthy. The book centers on Lester Ballard who is largely disliked by the community at large. Lester has a few friends but they are never quite treated as such but rather… Continue reading Child of God, a Book Review

Between the World and Me, a Book Review

Review Severe, conscious stirring, and wildly aware, Ta-Nehisi Coates's book Between the World and Me reads as Coates is speaking with his son. The work embodies elements which had forced their way into his own development, spanning themes as racism, American history, seeking belonging, police brutality, and the attempt to understand all of these elements as… Continue reading Between the World and Me, a Book Review

Things Fall Apart, a Book Review 

Review Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe explores African tribal culture, religions native to those  tribes, and the influence, or ruination, from an invading religion. Through the lens of a tribal leader Okonkwo, the reader is able to understand and nearly come to believe as the tribes the books center. Also through him is a… Continue reading Things Fall Apart, a Book Review