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Noir

Posted: November 3, 2014 in Books, Crime, Psychology, Society
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I’ve been reading The Best American Noir of the Century and some lines in the intro set the cynical tone just right, at least for the stories in this great collection and maybe for life in general. Noir. Hardboiled. Dark. Pessimistic. Cynical:  “…It’s the long drop off the short pier…It’s the nightmare of flawed souls with big dreams and the precise how and why of the all-time sure thing that goes bad…the opportunity as fatality, social justice as sanctified shuck, and sexual love as a one way ticket to hell.”

Return of the Tiger Mom

Posted: February 4, 2014 in Books

I have to admit it– I love the Chinese-American Tiger Mom (aka Amy Chua), and I do not take the PC critics of her new book (written with her husband) seriously. Neither should you.

Note: This “NY Times” article/interview ain’t half bad. Here.

“Brian Terry’s murder would not only change John Dodson’s life forever; it would reveal a scandal so unthinkably unpatriotic that it forced President Barack Obama to claim executive privilege and caused Attorney General Eric Holder to be held in contempt of Congress…” The book is “The Unarmed Truth” by John Dodson (available for pre-order from Amazon and other outlets). There’s an excerpt at the “NY Post.”

This should be quite instructive for us in the West: two of the most intellectually fascinating women in the world–not to mention politically incorrect— are from Africa , the economist/author (“Dead Aid”)  Dambisa Moyo, originally from Zambia (her YT channel) and author/lecturer  Ayaan Hirsi ali from Somalia (her books). Incidentally, both of these charismatic women have great senses of humor which if you’ve seen MS Moyo or MS Hirsi ali on The Colbert Report or Jon Stewart you know what I mean (1, 23).

White Guilt effect

Posted: August 22, 2013 in Books
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This is an excellent eye-opening book by Shelby Steele, an African-American intellectual who is not constrained by typical political correctness. The book is “White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era,” published in 2009 and it gets more relevant as the years tick by. It’s available as an ebook or paperback.

Note: Here’s another good gutsy eye-opening very short book (only about 24 pages–but pithy) from someone I don’t necessarily always agree with (former leftist David Horowitz and now editor of the online conservative Front Page Mag),”Black Privilege and the American Dream.” It’s available as a $.99 Kindle download on Amazon).

In the deep

Posted: July 17, 2013 in Books

Recommended: “The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari” by Paul Theroux. “There was no end to this township: the hostels led to the shacks, the shacks to the hovels, the hovels to the roadside and the bungalows, and beyond the bungalows and shebeens were the newcomers in the twig and plastic lean-tos, straggling across the flatland.” A few years ago I read another of his African adventures, “Dark Star”. This latest is so far much darker and frightening, like having shovelfuls of anarchy thrown in your face. Africa was so bad that for the first time Theroux decided to get the hell out of there. By the way you have to see the Vice guide to Liberia.

In the footsteps of Emperor Zhu

Posted: June 22, 2013 in Books, History

“He trusted no one, not even his closest associates.One of his first acts…upon ascending the throne was to set up a network to spy on his subordinates and to register the entire population of China…Every household was required to list the names, ages and professions of all who lived there; neighboring households were instructed to keep watch on one another.” –from “When China Ruled the Seas” (by Louise Levathes)