This article is part of an ongoing series titled “Books that Changed My Life.” Autobiographical reviews of books that changed our lives for the better and sometimes for the worse. I consider myself to be an intellectual. I’m a lover of information, yet a loather of reading. I know, that last statement is quintessential anti-intellectual. […]
This article is part of an ongoing series titled “Books that Changed My Life.” Autobiographical reviews of books that changed our lives for the better and sometimes for the worse. “Poverty of Spirit” by Johannes Baptist Metz is a beautiful, short, profound meditation on what it truly means to be human. It is about surrender, […]
In 2004 I began to “track” his activities and investigate his levels of influence. I also began looking for opportunities to periodically test his resolve and capacity as a leader. Driscoll’s influence on young people was intolerable and for me at least, a sin to ignore.
While Americans may find it more interesting to shout about Ebola spiraling the US into a real life episode of The Walking Dead, we have to resist the temptation to make Ebola about us.
Daniel Quinn’s ‘Ishmael’ is not about people and places, it is about ideas. Very broad, fundamental ideas. It is the disruptive and disturbing message of ‘Ishmael’ that sticks with me and has found its way into my dreams, my poems, my existential conversations (whatever, you know what I mean), and my current brand of nihilism.
It wasn’t until I recently read the original that I realised that Candide was alternatively titled ‘L’Optimisme” and in a sense, it seems Voltaire is suggesting that optimism itself is a willful suspension of disbelief.