Tagged: Nonfiction

Lit rec #266: Take a Stand. “If you had asked me why I had joined the militia I should have answered: ‘To fight against Fascism,’ and if you had asked me what I was fighting for, I should have answered: ‘Common decency.” (1938).

Part journalism, part novel, a moral compass. An enduring historical document. HOMAGE TO CATALONIA by George Orwell




Lit rec #262: The Incredible Portrait of Valentino Deng and Sudan (2006).

Required reading.Better than his nonfiction. A horror story,history lesson, & personal epiphany in one. WHAT IS THE WHAT by Dave Eggers.


Lit rec #261: “We know that the war against intelligence is always waged in the name of common sense.” (1957)

How to look at flags, fake wrestling, and most everything else. The bible of semiotics and signifiers. MYTHOLOGIES by Roland Barthes.




Lit rec #259: “All politicians are bores and liars and fakes. I talk to people” (1936).

Hemingway’s better half & a better war reporter. Up there with Homage for Catalonia. Experience this.THE FACE OF WAR by Martha Gellhorn



Lit rec #256: The Amazing True Stories of Stan Lee, Jack Ruby, Chris Claremont, the list goes on (2012).

Timely rec! Just in time for NYC Comic Con. Kirby, Stan Lee,Claremont.What remarkable stories.MARVEL COMICS THE UNTOLD STORY by Sean Howe

comic book artist Sean Howe at Brooklyn Book Festival.



Lit rec #255: The facts: in many ways, to be Danish is to be wonderfully progressive. Denmark’s a place where lawyers’ salaries are less than twice those of binmen; a place where university is free. (2012)

I adored the chapters on continuing education for seniors and chairs! Plus, michelin-starred Noma. HOW TO BE DANISH by Patrick Kingsley.




Lit rec #246: If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” (1854)

Before David Foster Wallace, there was Henry David Thoreau: “Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes”, etc. WALDEN by Thoreau