Detecting Humanists

A humanist is a person having a strong interest in or concern for human welfare, values, and dignity. (Thank you, Dictionary.com). For me, being a humanist also means believing in the inherent ability of each human being to think and reason, and to decide to act not just for one’s own benefit but also for […]

Do Politicians Have Souls? Do They Read Books?

When asked by Steve Berntson, a farmer from Paulina, Iowa, to discuss books that had shaped his life, Rick Perry turned the question back to the economy and failed to name even a single book that influenced him, or cheered him, or inspired him. (New York Times, “After Rocky Start, More Study, and Sleep, for […]

Favorite Reads of October 2008 – October 2009

My Favorite Books from My Year of Reading a Book a Day The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli Last Essays of Elia by Charles Lamb Spooner by Pete Dexter How to Paint a Dead Man by Sarah Hall The Laws of Evening by Mary Yukari Waters The […]