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The Four Horsemen: The Conversation That Sparked an Atheist Revolution by Christopher Hitchens - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525511953
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Published: Random House - March 19th, 2019

The three remaining 'horsemen' reflect on the impact their one-time religion vs. secularism conversation—which appears afterward in transcript—has had since 2007. One of my great takeaways was the understanding and love for the beauty religion has produced in the arts and humanities, even for the nonbeliever. This is a deep and humanistic read meant to invoke further thought and comment. So, in the spirit of Hitchens, read, contemplate, debate. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M. Pirsig - Book Review

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Published: HarperTorch - April 25th, 2006

The title is a bit of a misnomer: this is a philosophical inquiry that explores the narrator’s introductory interests in Western philosophy, his brief “lateral drift” into Eastern philosophy, but mainly and most frequently, his metaphysical musings on Quality. It is also a beautifully reflective father/son road trip novel that delves into the narrator’s troubled past. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Nicholas Taleb - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780425284629
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Published: Random House - February 27th, 2018

Reading Taleb is often disorienting as he challenges core beliefs underpinning modern Western culture. It can also be frustrating as he jumps around from one idea to the next, causing the equivalent of intellectual whiplash. Skin in the Game is no exception. But, ultimately, the extra effort and commitment required to read the book – like taking a cold shower – is bracing and thus eminently worthwhile. Dare to read this book. ~ Reviewed by Sam Baker


Surfing with Sartre: An Aquatic Inquiry Into a Life of Meaning by Aaron James - Book Review

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Published: Doubleday - August 8th, 2017

This philosopher easily expresses life and existentialism through the eyes of a surfer, that's as complex as it is simple--like surfing through the waves. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


At the Existentialist Cafe by Sarah Bakewell - Book Review

"Ideas are interesting, but people are vastly more so."

Sit back, relax, and sip soundly on apricot cocktails while Sartre, Beauvoir, Camus, and other minds craft the beginnings of existentialism, as Bakewell guides you through time, commenting along the way with a modern perspective and deep knowledge of her subjects. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


At the Existentialist Cafe by Sarah Bakewell - Book Review

Can't tell your being from your nothingness? Fear not. Bakewell takes the thinking of European lovers, pill addicts, prisoners and occasional Nazis and turns it into a fascinating, provocative and at times hilarious read. Quite simply wonderful!!


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