Playing a Game of Twenty-One: Glenn Gould Biography Review

Blurb for Extraordinary Canadians: Glenn Gould by Mark Kingwell Glenn Gould, one of the twentieth century’s most renowned classical musicians, was also known as an eccentric genius—solitary, headstrong, a hypochondriac virtuoso. Abandoning stage performances in 1964, Gould concentrated instead on mastering various media: recordings, radio, television, and print. His sudden death at age fifty stunned… Continue reading Playing a Game of Twenty-One: Glenn Gould Biography Review

The Saint Patrick’s Day Post: Celtic Pocket Guides Review

I'll be the first to admit I'm not always enchanted with the content that WordPress pushes at me. Not just what it pushes at me, but what I actively seek out is sometimes predictable and uninspiring. I attribute this to WordPress's unhelpful search engine, the unintuitive way following tags works, and probably my own ineptitude… Continue reading The Saint Patrick’s Day Post: Celtic Pocket Guides Review

The Artist (of Power) Formerly Known As: The Prince Review

The Prince: On the Art of Power by Niccolò Machiavelli is not, as I once thought, a veiled political commentary disguised in a fictional account of a prince. But neither is it solely theoretical philosophizing about a hypothetical ideal state of human governance.

Reluctant Roommates: Living Rent Free In My Head ARC Review

We live in exciting times. This is my second ever ARC review, and it is on a collection of non-fiction essays on pop culture: Living Rent Free in My Head by Dominique Davis. I stumbled on Dominique's blog, Fairly Professional... so when I got the opportunity to receive an ARC of [her] book for review, I was pretty stoked.

Off the Map: A House in the Sky Review

My ongoing quest for more educational, informative reading selections was met in the fall of last year by the memoir of Amanda Lindhout, who was kidnapped and held for ransom by Islamic insurgents in Somalia in the 2000s. Held for over a year along with a photographer from Australia whom she had been traveling with,… Continue reading Off the Map: A House in the Sky Review

A Tangled Weber: The Protestant Ethic and the “Spirit” of Capitalism

In The Protestant Ethic, Max Weber opposes the Marxist concept of dialectical materialism and relates the rise of the capitalist economy to the Calvinist belief in the moral value of hard work and the fulfillment of one’s worldly duties. My Review I came into this not knowing any of the dialogue around Weber's philosophy, or… Continue reading A Tangled Weber: The Protestant Ethic and the “Spirit” of Capitalism