I do, what to some is, a lot of reading. I have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Due to my space and budget limitations, I purchase very few books. My main source is the library. I like to do a lot of things they way it is recommended not to, therefore I select many of my books by the cover. I usually check out more than I can read before they are due. If I start reading and the writing is poor or the subject is presented in an uninteresting manner, I just close the book and move on to the next. I have started keeping a list of the books that I have finished. I didn’t keep track of when I started the list, but I will guess it was around September of 2022. I can see that most of the books on the list have impacted the way I think. The last week or so, the reading has been a little heavy, so I cleansed by binge watching the first season of “The Good Place” on DVD, also checked out of the library. I am providing the list here, not as recommendations, but as background to my writing.

authortitlecommentscatalog number
MACDONALD, HECTORTruthhow truth can be selectively manipulated to create competing truths121
Harris, SamFree Willhis argument is we don’t have it123.5
KORKKI, PHYILLISThe Big thinghow to tackle a big project of your own making153.3
VEDANTAM, SHANKARUseful Delusions: the Power & paradox of the Self-deceiving braininsightful153.4
PETROCELLI, JOHNThe Life-changing Science of Detecting Bullshit 153.42
BENNETT, MICHAEL AND  BENNETT, SARAHF*ck Feelingspragmatic approach to feelings, and life problems158
SYFRET, WENDYThe Sunny Nihilista different take on philosophy158
LIVINGSTON, GORDONToo Soon Old, Too Late SmartThis was a saying my grandfather used to say. The book contains 31 short pieces of wisdom158
Jones, LucyLosing EdenHow nature effects our physical and mental wellbeing.304.2
PIKETTY, THOMASA Brief History of Equalitya good primer on equality and the reasons for growth and some needs for the future. Told from the French perspective.305
GORNICK, VIVIANThe Solitude of selfbiographical essay on Elizabeth Cady Stanton305.42
GLADSTONE, BROOKSThe Trouble with Realityshort but very informative on the current political scene306.2
BENNETT, MICHAEL AND  BENNETT, SARAHF*ck Lovepragmatic approach to relationships306.7
BISHOP, GARY JOHNLove Unfu*kedgood advice in general306.7
Thaler, Richard HMisbehaving: The making of behavioral economics 330.019
Kishtainy, NiallA Little History of Economicsgood background330.09
REICH, ROBERT B.SAVING CAPITALISMThe problems with capitalism and some possible solutions330.973
Gates, BillHow to Avoid a Climate Disastergood baseline363.738
COLE, JONI BGood Naked: Reflections on How to Write More, Write Better & Be Happierwriting resource808.02
SMIL, VACLAVNumbers Don’t Lie: 71 Stories to Help Us Understand the Modern Worldinteresting factoids909
Moore, LEONARDTeaching Black History to White Peoplegood primer973.0496
FRANKFURT, HARRYOn Bullshitgood read 
FRANKFURT, HARRYOn Inequalitygood read, good campanion to “A Brief History of Equality” by Piketty 
FRANKFURT, HARRYThe Reasons of Loveclassic philosophical reasoning 


In a recent post, I mentioned the 50-75 year cycle of our relative humanity to our fellow man. Months ago, I saw a Tweet with an image of the 1956 Republican platform (66 years ago). I have written the items from that Tweet here:

  1. Provide federal assistance to low-income communities
  2. Protect Social Security
  3. Provide asylum for refugees
  4. Extend minimum wage
  5. Improve unemployment benefit system so it covers more people
  6. Strengthen labor laws so workers can easily join a union
  7. Assure equal pay for equal work regardless of sex

While doing a little research for this, I came across the complete text of the Republican platform published around August 1956. Here is the link:

There are many other points in the text including strong voting rights, belief in science, need for better education, better health care, stronger NATO and the list goes on. The text is long, and it took me an hour to assimilate. Today’s Republican party would agree with less than 10% of it’s contents. What has happened? They wrote this. This is what they stood for.


As I sit here, in my new writing chair, in the last week of 2022, I am struck by the thought of what a mess the world is in. That’s not to say everything is bad. We have made some genuine progress in 2022. The travesty is the progress came from such a low base. I read a lot. Someplace in my reading I saw we (the world, the US, you pick) go through cycles of our levels of humanity. They usually last about 50-75 years. We are at the bottom now. The bottom seems to be coated with some sticky shit that is making it difficult to get out. I really hope it doesn’t take 75 years to dig our way out, because I don’t think we have 75 years left if we don’t make some huge strides very soon. Things like climate change, income inequality and social justice are hurtling to the point of no return. I have also read about some cause for optimism. I only hope the crossover point is before we are looking up from the abyss and can’t reach the top.

I have many ideas running around in my head on how I would address the problems of the world. I don’t know if all of them are workable and I’m certain we don’t have the fortitude to implement them in a timely manner. I don’t know if I will be able to stay at the task long enough to get them all published


It’s too easy to find reasons not to write. Depending on the situation and subject, writing can be difficult and motivation scarce. About 9 months ago, I moved into an RV. I’ve written a little about this and will write more. The reason I mention this is I’ve used the logistics of writing in an RV to stall my writing. The space just wasn’t convenient enough. I finally came to a solution. I built a desk that fit the space available and functioned the way my peculiar tastes wanted. Then I found an excellent sitting solution (some might call this a chair) on evil Amazon (more about Amazon’s “evils” later). It was more than I wanted to pay but I “bit the bullet” and ordered it. It works perfectly for my situation, and I am sitting on it now as I write this. I have exhausted all my excuses for not writing. Now I am only left with that well known NIKE advertising slogan “Just Do It.” I have ideas swirling around in the noggin.

I just finished reading a book on writing motivation and how to have fun writing. One of the pointers was to just start writing. Its not necessary to start at the beginning. Just put something down and keep typing and life will fill in around it. This little ditty is an example of that in practice. It does feel good to get something down on paper, even if it is of little social import.

I’ve been reading a lot in the interim on many different subjects. My views on many things have been colored by this reading. These authors will be heard in the background as part of the chorus that hopefully gives depth to my writing.