Books

  1. Is Morrissey a Misogynist?

    Certain passages in Morrissey's book, Autobiography, read as misogynistic polemics against femaleness. To deny this is delusional. Here is an example: "Night after night like an unowned dog I would tear through the park, a creature in human form, all perilous bolt inviting danger, the bike dancing controlled flips as I gulped jets of rain–more danger, more fun. In comparison, what had girls to offer? Nothing but a mangled jungle of tangled hair presented as the jackpot payoff. Honeypots...
  2. AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Morrissey

    My print version is on its way. Should have it in a week or so. But in the meantime I am going to start reading it as an eBook on my tablet. This is an ongoing post, updated regularly until I finish the book. Cover... First photos... Let the reading begin... Good morning. And indeed it is. After reading Moz's book in bed last night, I slept like a baby. Didn't want to put it down. But I knew I had a busy day up ahead. This is going to sound cliche, but the book is a page...
  3. Martin Amis Without Hitchens

    Author Martin Amis on coping with the loss of his best friend Christopher Hitchens... When Christopher Hitchens died in December, Martin Amis lost his best friend. The British author says his immediate desolation gave way to a much greater love of life, something Amis believes Hitchens had in spades and bequeathed to him when he passed away. Watch video and read complete article HERE.
  4. A Manual for Creating Atheists

    [MEDIA=youtube]8f70wZ-mLR8[/MEDIA] This is a summary/study guide of sorts for myself and anyone else interested in Street Epistemology. *I am learning to be more tolerant and less judgmental through reading this book. The title is slightly misleading. This book is not about evangelizing. The goal is not to convert anyone into an atheist. The idea is to teach critical thinking skills which will move a person from a faith-based epistemology to a reason-based one. Hopefully this will further...
  5. Fifty Shades of Grey Dream Cast

    I am going to play casting director and post my picks for who I think should play the characters in the soon to be made film adaptation of the book Fifty Shades of Grey. The list is ongoing and subject to change. Christian Grey: Alex Pettyfer Why? He's the hottest young actor out there right now. He has Christian's chiseled, gorgeous face, his lean, muscular bod, his generous height, and his messy hair. Plus he is fairly new on the scene and would be able to devote a few years to the...
  6. Christopher Hitchens ~ Still Loving You

    *Update September 24, 2012 ~ Just finished Mortality. It is a short book... can be read in one or two sittings. I highly recommend it to all Hitchens fans and anyone else interested in the personal dialogue that goes on in one's head when dealing with cancer and terminal illness. The late, great Christopher Hitchens' book, Mortality, is being published posthumously on September 4, 2012. Remember, you too are mortal—hit me at the top of my form and just as things were beginning...
  7. Best Digital Distractions 2012 ~ A Year-End Roundup

    Movies: Best 2012 releases: Take This Waltz Amour Argo Looper Bernie Side by Side Game Change Zero Dark Thirty The Hunger Games Silver Linings Playbook Pitch Perfect (for fun factor) Best non-2012 films: 8 ½ Shame Weekend Gates of Heaven 2001 Space Odyssey My Dinner With Andre Some Like It Hot The Apartment This is Not a Film La Dolce Vita Bonnie and Clyde eBooks: Faves: Mortality The Magic of Reality Poorly Made in China: An...
  8. Fifty Shades of Sex

    *Update: June 1, 2012 ~ Listen to Slate's Audio Book Club discussion of Fifty Shades of Grey. *Update: June 2, 2012 at end of post. Rarely do I read fiction. The last novel I read was Lolita a few years ago. And I don't think I have ever read a romance novel, unless you count The Thornbirds. An erotic book? Does American Psycho count? But after listening to the Cultural Gabfest Podcast's hosts talk about the book Fifty Shades of Grey, my interest was piqued. I read the first book in...
  9. realitybites back - eBook download

    Hey guys. To celebrate my acquisition of a newer model Kindle, I have created a second follow-up book titled realitybites back. Pretty clever name eh? This eBook is a collection of my blog writings over the last year and a half. Anyhow, I am giving it away for free in PDF format. It has images and links. You can read it on your PC or reading device. Looks great on my new Kindle--old model did not support PDF's very well. To download book, click HERE. File was too large to attach here. So it...
  10. An Atheist In God's Sandbox

    I have put together a collection of my writings on atheism. Download PDF by clicking attachment at bottom of page.
  11. Inflated Ego

    Hahaha. Was just looking at my Amazon page and noticed that my print book which sells for $4.99 new, is available used, for the bargain bin price of $43.58 + $3.99 shipping. Who bought my book and is now trying to turn a profit on it? Wait, could it be a family member trying to sell the free copy they received from me? Hmm. Do I have any family members living in Georgia? Nope. Another mystery. So many mysteries, so little time.
  12. Glorious, Wonderful, Paper Books!

    I am going to go get all of my books out of storage. Screw it if they have to be stacked floor to ceiling. That's how The Hitch displayed his fine collection. From storage to hallway... Stacked on marble table... gosh I miss my bookshelves... :love: V V V
  13. A Year in a Life of Books ~ 2012

    I read a lot of books. Probably 99.5 percent are non-fiction. Although I have been routinely listing and critiquing the films I see every year, I have never done this with books. Better late than never. This will be my first list. I am starting it at the beginning of the year rather than at the end, because if I wait until December, I will have forgotten many of the ones I have read. This will be an ongoing list--to be updated regularly. I will give each book a rating of one to four points....
  14. Nothingness Into Being

    Nothingness = a closed spherical spacetime of zero radius Can you imagine nothingness? Right now I am reading a book titled, Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective story. About halfway through the book, I came across a wonderful passage. The author, Jim Holt, speaks with physicist Alex Vilenkin about the difficulty in imagining sheer nothingness. Vilken helps make this possible with a thought experiment: Imagine spacetime as the surface of a sphere. Now suppose that this...
  15. Brain Drain July

    **7/21/12 ~ Update at bottom of post... *7/10/12 ~Update near bottom of post... Just as the temperatures outside reach their highs, my cultural pursuits hit all-time lows. Can it get any worse than consuming all three books in the Fifty Shades of Grey series in less than a week’s time? And if that weren’t enough, to continue the obsession by blogging about the books—twice—as if I hadn’t already spent enough time reading the texts? There was the artwork—the painting of Christian Grey....
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