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Posted by Brendan Brisker on 11/22/2013 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Ghana Must Go

Oh my god, you're absolutely right and I know that. That was a complete brain fart on my part.

Posted by Anthony Correale on 08/13/2013 at 4:25 AM

Re: “Ghana Must Go

Toni Morrison is not a known poet...but she is a Nobel Laureate novelist, essayist, and librettist.

Posted by Jerrilyn McGregory on 08/09/2013 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief

See the Church of Scientology International's statement on this book at www.scientologynews.org/wrightbook.
Jeff Quiros
Church of Scientology of San Francisco

Posted by Jquiros on 06/12/2013 at 6:31 PM

Re: “This is How You Lose Her - Junot Díaz

Sounds excellent. I am going to have to read this now.

Posted by Dawn on 04/20/2013 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief

Yeah, that's about it.

Posted by Korgo on 04/04/2013 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Anything Worth Doing -- Sundog Book Publishing

I rarely respond to reviews, but this ill-conceived piece reads like something out of a high school newspaper. The reviewer, with her tin ear and flat prose, completely fails to apprehend the clever way Deurbrouck constructed her narrative, exploring the relationship between the two river men while building dramatic tension. Quite frankly,I have no idea what the introductory paragraph is about or what it aims to achieve, Deurbrouck's prose is spare as it should be when telling such a dramatic story. Indeed, this review reads like Cliff Notes. Anything Worth Doing deserves far better treatment.

Posted by Vince Welch on 02/14/2013 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Anything Worth Doing -- Sundog Book Publishing

I picked this book up after I heard it won the National Outdoor Book Award. Apparently I enjoyed the read more than you did. Wanted to let you know about a couple of errors in your review. The dory these guys adventured in was not metal. It was wooden, handmade by Reece. And while Reece did meet John A.K. Barker at an Idaho college, the book is about Reece and that guy's son, named Jon, who was taught to raft by Reece and grew up into his adventuring partner.

Posted by Barry on 12/09/2012 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Presidential Retreats: Where the Presidents Went and Why They Went There

That wouldn't by chance be a racist remark, would it?

Posted by Reader on 11/29/2012 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Presidential Retreats: Where the Presidents Went and Why They Went There

Obama's has a run down complex of fleas and rodents creating his kinds' of country ie: Oakland America

Posted by Frank Woo on 11/29/2012 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Lone Survivors: How We Came To Be The Only Humans On Earth

"So how did we become the only humans on Earth?" You may want to read the book to find the answer, not just the jacket as William Kowinski did. A good place to start is a 2009 National Geographic "The human family tree" Very good.

Posted by Johnny on 11/26/2012 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Plato's Revenge: Politics in the Age of Ecology

Ophul's book "Plato's Revenge: Politics in the Age of Ecology" should be understood as the third book in his trilogy that began with the publication of "Ecology and the Politics of Scarcity" (1977) and updated in 1992. The second book was "Requiem for Modern Politics: The Tragedy of the Enlightenment and the Challenge of the New Millennium". His first book was written in the same decade that saw the publication of "The Limits to Growth" by Dennis Meadows, et al. and "Environment Power and Society" by H.T. Odum and "The Entropy Law and the Economic Process" by Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen. Twenty years latter "Requiem for Modern Politics" expounds on the moral bankruptcy of Enlightenment thinking and the failure economic liberalism. I think this book was his best effort and is worth reading more than once. It is a masterful work of scholarship. Fourteen years later "Plato's Revenge" picks up where "Requiem for Modern Politics" left off. Our survival on Earth will require a politics based on ecology and by understanding limits and exercising self-restraint. Unfortunately, it seems that we are pre-disposed to running into the "wall" of ecological limits at full speed, which will necessitate a significant die-off of human beings in this century. Perhaps after the collapse of industrial civilization the surviving humans will understand the importance of limits and embrace the principles of "small is beautiful" and live more appropriately on the Earth.

Posted by Tim Wessels on 05/23/2012 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Lone Survivors: How We Came To Be The Only Humans On Earth

Just a small editing note. The quotation mark at the end of the piece should go after the final sentence. That is, though I happen to agree with the point, it's the author of the book who said "Let's hope our species is up to the challenge," not the reviewer.

Posted by Bill Kowinski on 05/17/2012 at 11:05 PM

Re: “Lives of the Novelists: A History of Fiction in 294 Lives

Sutherland's eclectic but profound romp through the underwear drawers and drinks cabinets of folk unhappy enough to have been read by him should have been titled Sex Lives of the Novelists. One hopes that Sutherland's own biographer will more discreet.

Posted by John Yeoman on 04/16/2012 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Searching for Utopia: The History of An Idea

He defected

Posted by Rosemary on 03/13/2012 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Searching for Utopia: The History of An Idea

Claeys isn't 'a Brit'. He's American.

Posted by Basil on 03/10/2012 at 4:37 AM

Re: “Plato's Revenge: Politics in the Age of Ecology

Nice review. Drop me a line, please, to discuss taking some of these to the airwaves on KHSU's EcoNews Report.

Posted by scottg on 02/21/2012 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Plato's Revenge: Politics in the Age of Ecology

Thanks for this review. Ophuls book was the best that I've read in a long time. I loved his "synthesis," as you say, of previous philosophers and thinkers. As a person normally bored by politics, he put into words what I feel is truth my root level. Simplify. Instead, we are going the opposite direction.

Posted by Kay on 02/17/2012 at 7:38 AM

Re: “The Secret War Between Downloading and Uploading: Tales of the Computer as Culture Machine

Mr. Kowinski, thank you so much for this review. I look forward to reading the book. The question of how our society uses networks, or whether we are instead used by them, is a big one we can't afford to ignore. I recommend a recent talk on this topic by Jaron Lanier, not yet in print, but available online at http://edge.org/conversation/the-local-global-flip .

Posted by Andy Alm on 09/13/2011 at 9:07 AM

Re: “2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America

My Goodness. Did you think that ending was HAPPY? I don't want to spoil here for others that have not read the book but I think he cleverly disguised a very troubling turn for our society in an apparent happy ending setting. That's what I loved about the ending so much.

Posted by carl palmer on 07/14/2011 at 10:43 AM

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