Category Archives: Literature

Posts about books and short stories. Usually things I have read recently.

On Intelligence

I recently finished On Intelligence, a book on the underlying mechanism of cognition by Jeff Hawkins and Sandra Blakeslee. I very highly recommend it to anyone interested in brains and cognition, it is a very accessible read, with excellent content. … Continue reading

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What the Dog Saw

I went on a binge a while ago and read all of Malcolm Gladwell’s books available at the time. They’re all pop-science pieces on sociological/psychological matters, with really spectacular breadth and readability. The only big downside is that they tend … Continue reading

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Nabokov Explains Retro

I’ve been working thorugh The Stories of Vladmir Nabokov for a while “in my copious spare time”(which has become something of a catchprhase in my department), and it is expectedly excellent. One particular passage is prominent enough to perscribe posting: … Continue reading

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Makers

I recently finished Cory Doctrow’s new novel, Makers, which I really didn’t have time to read, but between geek book club and starting it on the plane to portland I was compelled. Like his last novel, Little Brother (which is … Continue reading

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Lolita

I finally finished Lolita, and it really is fabulous. I haven’t had time to read long pieces of involved fiction in far too long, and this was a real winner. The prose is unbelievably excellent, and the latter chapters perfectly … Continue reading

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Relating

I’ve been reading Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, continuing my quest to take advantage of having some time to read and culture myself. Like all of Malcolm Gladwell’s books, it is very nifty, but also frustratingly lacking in rigor. The really, really … Continue reading

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Very Short Introductions

I learned about Oxford Press’ “A Very Short Introduction” series from Dr. Goldsmith during CGS500 last semester. Think of them as cliffs notes for reality; little 100-150 page volumes on a wide assortment of topics, written as an introduction to … Continue reading

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Summer Reading?

I’ve been considering projects, some from the (poorly maintained) public list and some that never made it there to play with this summer while I’m not taking classes (I will be working on research, just not taking classes). It occurred … Continue reading

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Hugo Award Nominees

This year’s Hugo award nominees are up. The big thing to note is how many of the entries have “read online” links next to them. The only novel nomination I’ve read is Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother which, while definitely not … Continue reading

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RIP Philip José Farmer

Apparently Philip José Farmer died this morning (via boingboing). Farmer has been one of my favorite (Up there with William Gibson and Kim Stanely Robinson) SciFi authors for some time, his Riverworld series is arguably one of the best efforts … Continue reading

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