Hopscotch - Julio Cortázar

A dark, seedy, erotic Choose Your Own Adventure.


To strangle the little faubourienne you have turned into your whore, turn to page 235!

To smoke clove cigarettes and discuss people who haven't read Mauriac, turn to page 431!



Harry Potter


Weekly Links - Oh Lord Don't Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb on Me Edition


Weekly Links - Goodbye Tens Edition


Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! - Richard Feynman

I like Math, and because a lot of Math people like physics, someone I knew recommended me a few hard and soft physics books to get me interested.

I was on board until I got to this one. Most of it is obnoxiously arrogant. The rest is psychotic. The chapter "You Just Ask Them" - where he rants about how women are "worthless bitches" and deserve to be abused and should have sex with him whether they want to or not - reads like the unapologetic confession of a serial killer after the police start discovering bodies.

And, it turns out, Feynman was so aggressively sexually abusive towards his students - even by the standards of the 60s and 70s - that he inspired numerous protests.

I want to make something abundantly clear: If you like this or think that it's clever, you are a person with serious mental health issues, and you are possibly dangerous to yourself and others. You need to seek professional help from a psychologist.



The New Cambridge Medieval History III - Ed. Timothy Reuter


Caxton's Canterbury Tales


The History Of The Mohammedan Dynasties In Spain, Volume 2 - Al-Maqqari

Although the Muslims in medieval Spain left behind an expansive literature, little of it has been translated into English (although quite a bit has been translated into Spanish and French). Not only is this a readable and interesting history, but the translator has included a lot of well-chosen excerpts of other works in the appendix. It also deals extensively with the Almohads and the last Emirate of Granada, which both tend to be neglected in English-language scholarship.



Graphic Style: From Victorian To * - Seymour Chwast

Basically, a lot of good examples with some lightweight commentary. More famous pieces mixed in with some really interesting, odd, obscure gems that are, in some cases, seemingly ungooglable.