Candide - Voltaire

This book is meant to make fun of Leibniz. It's fairly funny and I enjoyed it as a teenager, before I was familiar with Voltaire's other works.

Leibniz has a spotty record as a philosopher, but his contributions to mathematics go far beyond the calculus you normally hear about. His fingerprints are all over pure math and formal logic and computer science and computer hardware and engineering in general. Next time you're in an airplane and it doesn't crash, thank Leibniz twenty times over.

Voltaire, on the other hand, was a rich, sarcastic dickhead whose rants against Jewish and Black people were extremely racist even by the standards of the 18th century. Screw this book.



Wait Until Spring, Bandini - John Fonte

Miserable people doing miserable things and feeling miserable about it.

This book gets thrown around by people who like Bukowski. I'm not a huge Bukowski fan, but I find his books more readable than Fonte, just because Bukowski knew when to occasionally crack a joke or give a character a charming quirk.

Loving the graphic design, though. Look at that up there.



History and the Historians of Medieval Spain - Peter Linehan

This mess of a book is badly in need of an editor. The name alone hints that the author couldn't decide what book he was writing.

His observations on history are mainly uninteresting. His observations on historians range from boring to catty.



The Dentist Dictator Of Turkmenistan

I can't say I'm in favour of dictatorships or propaganda, but I'm really digging the visuals.