Monthly Archives: July 2012

Reader’s Digest Condensed Poems

For decades Readers Digest has already done the heavy lifting of reading and understanding literature for us. I find their Condensed Poems series is a great doorway to broader cultural horizons. I included a couple of my favorites below: Who has time for epic poetry nowadays? Now we all do!   The Aeneid of Virgil I sing […]

Book Review: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Part 2)

Last time we looked at how, given the Law of Entropy and neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory, the situation of the people of today is not fundamentally different from the situation in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Sooner or later all life is going to be snuffed out. The difference is that the humanity of today does not […]

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

I have not read science fiction since I was in junior high, but since I enjoyed the movie Bladerunner, I decided to read the novel on which it was based, Phillip Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The two works are quite different. Bladerunner’s strength is its film noir atmosphere and images of grand-scale […]

So why start a blog?

Ours is an interesting, befuddling, infuriating world; just when we think we have things figured out, something new pops up and surprises us. The more we try to squeeze our experiences into neat little mental boxes, the less sense they end up making. Rather than give up trying to make sense of things, I prefer to […]