December 2008

Book 395: Cat’s Eye

27 December, 2008 // 0 Comments

Earlier this week, I read a biography which I suspect was largely fictional, and now I’ve just finished a work of fiction which appears to be highly autobiographical. Funny how these things work. At any rate, anyone who likes Margaret Atwood ...

Hairy Matters

26 December, 2008 // 4 Comments

I was surprised to learn that other day that apparently I keep my hair long because I am longing for my lost youth, because no one over the age of 18 is supposed to have long hair. Women with long hair, according to the article I happened to be ...

Book 394: Cod

25 December, 2008 // 1 Comment

Have you ever secretly suspected that food can change the world? Well, it can, and cod is one of the most fascinating examples of a food which has shaped history. Wars have been fought over cod, exploration has been launched in search of cod, new ...

Merry Christmas

25 December, 2008 // 0 Comments

…to those of my readers who celebrate, and to those who don’t, I’m sorry that it is impossible to get anything done today because everything is closed, and that your holidays (or lack thereof) get totally short shrifted* and ...

Book 393: Bottlemania

25 December, 2008 // 0 Comments

This book is not just about bottled water. It’s about the corporate privatization of water, the battle between bottles and the tap, and how it is that bottled water companies managed to convince people that their product is something which ...

Book 392: The Glass Castle

24 December, 2008 // 1 Comment

Suzy, I feel obliged to warn you that since you recommended this book, if you really liked it, you may not want to read this review. Normally I regard book recommendations as open season, and I haven’t been afraid to trash recommendations (or ...

’tis the night before

24 December, 2008 // 1 Comment

And I really can’t muster up the will to get righteously enraged and post a long diatribe about something. For all of my Scrooge-like tendencies, there are some things that I really love about Christmas, like the friends that I will be ...

Book 391: A Very Long Engagement

23 December, 2008 // 0 Comments

A friend gave this to me for Christmas last year, and I just got round to reading it, which is actually a bit unusual for me. Usually I hungrily devour anything between covers in my house, and a book rarely sits around for a year without being read. ...

Incentivizing and a Slippery Slope

23 December, 2008 // 1 Comment

Over 100,000 Americans are waiting for organ transplants. While they’re waiting, some of these Americans are going to die. I know, I know, I shouldn’t be talking about such depressing topics during the holidays, but I think that the need ...
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