September 2018: In the last few weeks I have been reading these three books: two below, one to the right. I recommend you read them also. Fromm's The Art of Loving was first published fifty years ago and may appear dated to the contemporary reader, though I love it today as I did when I read it then. In lieu of reading the book, in the "Creative Writing Efforts" page you may read the essay I composed that summarizes Fromm's thought.
The book on Dying, Death, and Wisdom below Fromm's is without a doubt the most inspiring and heartwarming exposition on the subject--and I have read a lot of them, seeing as I am getting on in years.
Brittney Cooper's Eloquent Rage is pertinent reading for anyone who aspires to understand the role of black women in today's American culture, society, and family. A must read, and on a par with Yvette Johnson's Song and the Silence, see below Cooper's.
It is mid-May 2018 and I am engaged in memoir writing. I found these two writers very helpful: Annie Proulx because her memoir is set in Wyoming; Yvette Johnson because she bravely shares family trauma rooted in social injustice. Both writers regret parental silence on family dynamics.
These two books below, Mental Health, Inc. and The Danger Within Us go with the earlier-posted, An American Sickness and Drug Dealer, MD. Absolutely required reading for anyone wishing to stay informed
The books below are a must-read for anyone wishing to understand 1) The drug culture in the US and 2) the religious culture in Saudi Arabia that until recently forbade women to drive. The women who defied the "Morality Police" paid dearly for their courage.
The two books below, nonfiction checked out from the Livermore CA library, are discussed in the "News Log" page of this website. I highly recommend both to your reading. The authors each has impeccable reputation, and the books are informative--though Niall Ferguson sometimes goes off on tangents, which makes the book rather into a tome. Luke Harding's is lively--you'll try to read it in one setting, though that's not quite possible.
This book on he importance of sufficient healthful sleep is a fantastic treasure that just recently appeared on the market. It discusses the problems of insomnia that plagues some family members I know. It even discusses narcolepsy, a brain disorder that's been the fate of my youngest son. Walker discusses the condition in accessible prose yet providing the latest in scientific research that's out there. I am deeply grateful to have stumbled upon this important contribution to our understanding of the mysteries of dreams, REM sleep, and other vital information. You, too, should read this book--it'll tach you things about yourself you neverknew.
The two books below are required reading for anyone wishing to understand African American culture before and during the Civil Rights struggle. Actually, Henry Louis Gates goes further than that. Already his title, derived from Wallace Stevens's poem, "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird," alerts his readers that they are in for an erudite yet humorous treat. The men whose lives he examines, from Ralph Ellison to James Baldwin to Harry Delafonte, come to life in interesting, informative sketches. A must-read!
When you read these two books in succession you will gain an insightful understanding of America and its role abroad. I recommend augmenting that reading with the book on the economic inequality and the disappearance of the middle class--see Sitaraman, furtherbelow.
Sitaraman's study examines the American middle-class disappearance in terms of the constitution. He contrasts the US constitution, which he says was built on the premise of a lasting middle class with "class-war" constitutions such as that of Rome, where a society evolved that stratified members into the super rich and the abjectly poor. However, our constitution was based on the premise of a lasting agrarian economy. When society changed into an industrial one, it made possible corporate overreach. Nevertheless this was kept in check by forward-looking presidents of either party: "trust-busting" Theodore Roosevelt and the New Dealers of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Unfortunately since the 1970s a different ideology has prevailed, largely through corporate financing of elections.
Both the North Korea book and the book about Isaac's hurricane are upsetting to read. The former account shows the extent to which North Korean propaganda induces the people to despise Americans; unfortunately, the narrative suffers from the writers unrelenting sarcasm. The tale of the hurricane that devastated Galveston in 1900 will make readers rethink everything we've ever been told about the relentlessly increasing dangers of rising sea levels: In certain places on our globe, the dangers have been there all along--with thousands, sometimes millions of hapless residents perishing unawares.
The book whose dust-cover image is to the left is an extraordinary read. It provides not only the biography of Hermann Rorschach but also an overview of the development of the psychoanalytic movement from Freud on out. Formerly unknown: Jung sowing discord between Rorschach and Freud.
Great excerpt about the Nuremberg Nazis before trialtested with IQ tests and Rorschach.
The two books below are must-read for anyone seeking a medial procedure. If that procedure includes pain management, read Drug Dealer, MD before you commit to any drug treatment. Inform yourself pronto re alternatives to opioids. "American Sickness" includes appendices that show websites where consumers may educate themselves.
The books below (to Quantum Story) have given rise to my most recent (2017) writing. Just beneath them are recent publications on American society and culture. Required reading!