Tag: books

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August’s Read: The Universe Next Door

I’m sneaking this post in at the end of August, but I’ve been perusing this book all throughout the month in preparation for one of my favorite courses to teach, World Literature & Philosophy. Yes, with school time comes “serious reading,” which thankfully, I’m a fan of. I wouldn’t be a very good advocate for transcendental  and transformational words if…

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Writers’ Weekends

I think of myself as a serious professor who, during the weekend, writes novels. -Umberto Eco I’m with you Prof. Eco! Writers, may your weekend allow for some novel-worthy inspiration. And for you readers, are you in need of a read? Umberto Eco’s “The Name of the Rose” stole my attention for the days it took me to read it…

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On Creativity: Poet Mark Strand

“Creativity: the Psychology of Discovery and Invention”, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, is not only written by an expert with a badass last name, but is a “can’t quite put it down, looking forward to when I can absorb more” kind of read. This is somewhat surprising given that the format of the book is scholarly–this isn’t a tale of fiction or…

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July’s Bedside Books

Things are finally slowing down (relatively) to where I feel able to get back to my usual, heathy appetite for summer books. Savoring those pages in the sunlight not only adds some zen to my afternoons, but makes me feel like I’m smarter than you. I’m joking…mostly. Here’s what on my bedside table right now: From left to right: Jesus…

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Up for an island adventure?

Island life is perhaps one of the more idyllic common dreams shared by members of modern society. There’s something innately escapist and exuberant about the possibility of forsaking mainland madness and retreating to a cabana somewhere away from it all. Our consuming modern lifestyles are in part to blame–we just need a damn break–but the idea of oasis long precludes…