Few books leave me satisfied and puzzled, and I don't quite know what to make of this one since it offered enjoyment and frustration. I enjoyed Blade Runner (both the theatrical and the Final Cut versions), which seemed to be a meditation on mortality, what constitutes life, and what fills it with meaning. The book … Continue reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
An early 19th century discussion group composed of Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, May Shelley, Claire Claremont, and John Polidori read ghost stories together, and under the challenge put forward by Byron they began to write their own scary stories. Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein and Polidori wrote a novella about a vampire which was the seed from … Continue reading Dracula: The Book
A review/summary of When Prophecy Fails by Leon Festinger, Henry W. Riecken, and Stanley Schacter Belief is a resilient thing and often we wonder how some people can believe the things that they do (this puzzling wonder mostly stems from the fact that they believe differently than we do). Some belief systems are based on or … Continue reading When Prophecy Fails
While going to college I worked in a quality control lab on campus, the space rented by a nutritional supplement company. There was an eclectic group of scientists that worked there running regular tests and maintaining the analytical equipment. There were hard core conservatives, who despised global warming, and extreme liberals who saw nothing good … Continue reading Do You Really Believe That?!?
In a fascinating Charlie Rose interview/discussion from 1996 he opens with the proclamation that "a generation ago a new book by a fiction writer was anticipated with a kind of excitement and buzz that is not seen anymore. In the age of internet, information, and images many publishers doubt the younger generation reads very much." … Continue reading Who reads books these days?
Here is a review of my reading this year. It has been quite a year indeed. 35 books (about 9200 pages) down and million more to go (the page count does not include the appendices and bibliographies). This year I set out mostly to cover a lot of ground in Mormon history literature. Outside of … Continue reading 2015 Good Reads
A common critique I read or hear about regarding the Mormon History community is that much is written by men, and likely for other men—Mormon history is not not often viewed through the lens of women. In order to remedy this problem in my own reading I looked through the Mo-history/culture books I have read … Continue reading Mormon Sisters: Women In Early Utah (a sampling of the female lens)