Book Review: When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi)

Book Review: When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi)

“Time for me is now double-edged: every day brings me further from the low of my last relapse but closer to the next recurrence – and eventually, death.” Writing for some people is like breathing air. It is so natural, that they just do it with...
Book Review: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Ocean Vuong)

Book Review: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Ocean Vuong)

“What were we before we were we? We must’ve been standing by the shoulder of a dirt road while the city burned. We must’ve been disappearing, like we are now.” Ocean Vuong’s debut novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a movingly...
Book Review: The Art of War (Sun Tzu)

Book Review: The Art of War (Sun Tzu)

“Rapidity is the essence of war: take advantage of the enemy’s unreadiness” Sun Tzu’s, The Art of War, is a timeless classic of Chinese literature written in the minimalist style of a Zen master distilling his wisdom into pithy aphorisms for...
Book Review: The Fire Next Time (James Baldwin)

Book Review: The Fire Next Time (James Baldwin)

Powerful, poignant and punctilious. These are for me the most apt words to describe The Fire Next Time. The two essays (My Dungeon Shook and Down at the Cross) comprising this tome reveal very deep insights and understanding of the ‘problem of race’ and of...
Book Review: Burger’s Daughter (Nadine Gordimer)

Book Review: Burger’s Daughter (Nadine Gordimer)

Burger’s Daughter is an authentic portrait of life during Apartheid South Africa, written from the perspective of the daughter of a White, Afrikaner freedom fighter, named Rosa Burger. Her heritage makes her an outcast in White society in South Africa, while her...
Book Review: The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky)

Book Review: The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky)

What can I say about The Brothers Karamazov that has not already been said? I must confess I have very complicated feelings about this the most famous opus of Fyodor Dostoevsky. On the one hand I found The Brothers Karamazov to be masterfully written. Not only due to...

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