Reading expands my horizons. I read both fiction and nonfiction. Here I’ll post reviews, recommendations, and other book‐related stuff. I’m not used to reviewing books, so take it for what it’s worth.
1984 is the kind of book you dearly wish were pure fiction, but unfortunately isn’t.
What if the mere act of independent thought was punishable by torture and death? What if we lived in a society where you constantly had to delude yourself to keep up with the government’s public manipulation and falsification of historical records, to such an extent that you even had to forget about deluding yourself or indeed that any such forgetting ever took place?
Welcome to the dystopian world of 1984, where the constant audiovisual surveillance by the Thought Police on behalf of the all‐powerful Party is all but successful in eradicating individualism – forever.
Review of “The Black Swan” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
According to Socrates, “the only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” In some respects then, Nassim Nicholas Taleb is very wise indeed, though judging by The Black Swan his ideas are better than his communication.
Every now and again there comes a work – whether a book, a movie or something else – that is of such societal significance that it cannot and must not be overlooked. Glenn Greenwald’s No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State is just such a work.