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Book Review: Hello To All That: A Memoir of War, Zoloft, and Peace

Hello To All That: A Memoir of War, Zoloft, and Peace recounts in time-shifting chapters the author’s depression, pharmaceutical cure, and subsequent formative experience as a freelance war correspondent reporting from the siege of Sarajevo in 1993-4. The parallel stories are interesting and vividly told. But readers expecting something heavy, along the lines of William Styron’s depression memoir Darkness Visible, ... Read More »

Book Review: The Arabian Nights Entertainment

I recently finished reading The Arabian Nights. (Yes, there are so many versions and translations – this one was the “Aldine” edition as translated by Dr. Jonathan Scott – available in paper form or electronic.) It took a few months to get through this work, partly because I was busy some of the time and partly because of its sheer ... Read More »

Book review: selected pieces by Samuel Brittan

Against the Flow Samuel Brittan (Atlantic Books) Despite his protestations to the contrary in the Preface, this book is eminently readable at the one go. Sir Samuel has a flowing style of writing that never gets bogged down or turgid. In fact, this collection of selected past pieces blends itself into a wonderful collection from the learned former Financial Times ... Read More »

BOOK REVIEW: Revolution in the valley – The insanely great story about how the Mac was made

Folklore is defined as myths, tales and practices of people transmitted orally — stories from different perspectives about a common event or time in history. The best thing about telling folklore stories is that if compiled you can start to weed out the fiction from the truth if enough people continue to tell consistent stories. To me this sounds like ... Read More »

Book Review: I, Fatty

It only makes sense that Jerry Stahl would be the one to pick up the torch and demystify the rise and fall of the silver screen giant Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle in his latest novel, I, Fatty. Stahl, perhaps feeling a kindred spirit in Arbuckle through addiction and Hollywood-induced pain, has produced the most endearing and heart-felt novel of his career. ... Read More »

Book Review: Jazz Expose

Museums survive and thrive solely at the will of philanthropists, benefactors whose unique personal interests coincide with a selfless desire to serve the public good. Far many more museums fails than thrive, because when the money dries up, as it inevitably does more often than not, so too does the institution. It is therefore unsurprising that most museums are almost ... Read More »

Book Review: Game Console Hacking

Hacking video game consoles is a popular pastime for many gamers. It’s amazing what some of these people have discovered by opening their systems and looking around. “Game Console Hacking” puts all the information you need in one convenient place. It’s not just a great source for those who have already taken their systems apart either. The basics are all ... Read More »

Book Review: PayPal Hacks

The best ideas are usually the simplest. So it is with PayPal, the online payment service that allows just about anyone to send and receive credit card and bank account payments for goods or services purchased online. For most users, PayPal is fairly straightforward: sign up, and within a few days you can be buying and selling (usually on eBay, ... Read More »

Book Review: Patriot Reign – by Michael Holley

In any other year, the New England Patriots’ record-setting 21 straight wins would have been the top story across sports pages nationwide. Of course, 2004 wasn’t any other–it was the year the Boston Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years. Nonetheless, it remains a nearly inarguable fact that Bill Bellichick’s Patriots are shaping up to be the ... Read More »