The Meaning of Life from an Unlikely Yet Oh-So-Obvious Source

There's a very old saying that says "When the student is ready, the master will appear."  Unless seeing a stage show counts, I'm still waiting for that.  In the meantime, I have his audiobook. I'm listening to So, Anyway... by John Cleese.  It's everything I hoped it would be, and I'm only in the third chapter.  … Continue reading The Meaning of Life from an Unlikely Yet Oh-So-Obvious Source

The Book of the Courtier: Il Cortegiano by Baldassare Castiglione

The Italian Renaissance.  We all know it.  It's that brief time in history where powerful families and political factions were dealing death on the streets while artistic geniuses put their indelible stamp on the world.  The upheaval of that time forged the modern world.  To survive in that world, one had to have sprezzatura, that easy-going, effortless … Continue reading The Book of the Courtier: Il Cortegiano by Baldassare Castiglione

Code of the Samurai – Bushido: The Soul of Japan by Nitobe Inazō

Every now and again, I dip my toes into the deep-running waters of the East, and I am reminded at every turn just how clear those waters are compared to some of the murk and sludge I experience around me.  As clear as the waters are, I'm also struck by how heavily-perfumed the atmosphere is.  The … Continue reading Code of the Samurai – Bushido: The Soul of Japan by Nitobe Inazō

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

Star Wars: Darth Vader – Vol. 4: End of Games by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca

If you actively read enough with intent to understand, regardless of the medium or format, you will discover the difference between "quality" writing and "clever" writing.  It takes very little effort to recognize that difference, but when you do, "clever" will never be good enough.  I don't expect Star Wars to be excellent literature.  I … Continue reading Star Wars: Darth Vader – Vol. 4: End of Games by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca