Book Updates

I've got so many books in the works, it's making my head spin.  My own fault.  No one to blame but myself.  And it's a good problem to have.  Since I have so many bibliophiles in my little circle, thought I'd share some thoughts on what's in progress for those who might be interested. The … Continue reading Book Updates

Music as a Mirror of History by Prof. Robert Greenberg (The Great Courses)

If you take a long, hard look at the worlds of art, music, and literature, they all run parallel to one another.  They often reflect similar ideas from similar regions at the same times.  This is not coincidence.  As the old adage goes, "art reflects life reflects art."  This means that while we can appreciate such … Continue reading Music as a Mirror of History by Prof. Robert Greenberg (The Great Courses)

The Story of Civilization, Vol. I: Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant

I've always heard that Will Durant was our modern Herodotus.  At the end of the first volume, I can safely confirm my belief in this notion, save for the fact that Durant's history is more historical, and Herodotus is a better storyteller.  Even so, when it comes to scope and audacity, this may be the first time Herodotus was … Continue reading The Story of Civilization, Vol. I: Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant

My Favorite Universe by Prof. Neil deGrasse Tyson (The Great Courses)

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is, for me, something of a modern day folk hero.  I have nothing but admiration and respect for his work and his commitment to education, both of which continue in the footsteps of his mentor, Dr. Carl Sagan, and both of which are sorely needed in our age of mind-blowing levels … Continue reading My Favorite Universe by Prof. Neil deGrasse Tyson (The Great Courses)

Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding da Vinci’s Creative Genius by Leonard Shlain

There are a great many books out there on the genius of Leonardo da Vinci.  What makes this one different?  It was written by a brain surgeon at the end of his life while he was combatting a brain tumor.  As Leonardo himself could tell you, perspective and experience make a world of difference. I'm … Continue reading Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding da Vinci’s Creative Genius by Leonard Shlain