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How to Be a Failure and Still Live Well: A Philosophy by Beverley Clack - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781350030695
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Published: Bloomsbury Academic - January 23rd, 2020

If there is such a thing as a perfect book to read during CoVid19, this is it because we are all, in different ways, facing failures. A lot of us have lost jobs, incomes, plans for the future. Some of us have lost even more. And through this we've all been forced to re-assess who we are, what's important to us, how we are going to live our lives, and what's the plan now that the board has to be wiped clean. Clack addresses the things that make us anxious: our sense of worth being tied to our economics, at a time when unemployment is at a record high; how ageing and our imminent deaths are fears we avoiding confronting in a time when age is a major factor in whether or not an infection is deadly, and where death tolls rise around us; how we forget that we are connected to one another, and that the universe is beyond our control, as we try to contain a viral pandemic by staying apart.
Written in January of this year, there's no way Clack could have known how important her work would be in this time. But it's critical to understand how to get through loss and failure, how to understand our brief place in the chaos of the world, and learn that we can move on and forward into an unknown future. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780618918249
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Published: Mariner Books - January 16th, 2008

Curious about the world through the eyes of an atheist? Read this book. From fundamental thoughts to scientific inquiries about the true nature of life and reality, this is a thrilling read for both the religious and the irreligious. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings by Walter Benjamin - Book Review

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Published: Mariner Books - January 15th, 2019

Walter Benjamin was one of the most brilliant and enigmatic thinkers of the twentieth century. His meditations on everything--art, technology, history, literature, violence, the nature of existence itself--might just help you see the world in a new way. ~ Reviewed by Ramsay Eyre


This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom by Martin Hägglund - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781101870402
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Published: Pantheon - March 5th, 2019

This! A new philosophy for our time that's still rooted in the past. I burned through this book so fast I forgot it was 400 pages, I even reread passages I enjoyed, because it was so engaging and thought provoking. Anyone interested in Knausgård's My Struggle series will devour this. This is my new favorite philosophy book. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


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

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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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ISBN: 9780060589462
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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


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