Category Archives: Reading

my thoughts on hitchens’ the missionary position

I have been thinking a lot of the role of the writer. In a recent post, I wrote of the idea of ‘writing posthumously’ – writing without fear. Christopher Hitchens’ book on Mother Theresa – The Missionary Position – is … Continue reading

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reading hitchens

I have been reading Christopher Hitchens variously on the websites of Vanity Fair, Slate, The Nation and various websites. I especially have enjoyed watching various clips of him on Youtube. I started reading him properly after I got this God … Continue reading

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my thoughts on steinbecks’ the red pony

And the mission keeps ticking on. Another Steinbeck book is done – The Red Pony. I have always felt that Steinbeck was generally a writer of hope. Unlike the Orwell, Carver, Kakfa and Camus – my other favourite writers – … Continue reading

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note to myself: book ‘reviews’ to complete

This is more a note to myself rather than a blog post. Its to remind me what blog posts I need to complete when I get the time. I have read the following books in the last few weeks and … Continue reading

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my thoughts on christopher hitchens’ hitch-22

To me, Christopher Hitchens was firstly and foremost a lover of the English language. He was a writer, an orator and an intellectual as well but it was his art with the English language I admired most. He wrote in … Continue reading

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my thoughts on john steinbeck’s the short reign of pippin iv

On my¬†continuing¬†quest to read the all of Steinbeck’s work, I am now another book closer. It is a book that I had not even heard of before I began my mission – ‘The Short Reign of Pippin IV‘. The book, … Continue reading

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my thoughts on katherine boo’s behind the beautiful forevers

When a friend suggested that I take his copy of Katherine Boo‘s ‘Behind the Beautiful Forevers‘ on my month long trip into the deserts of Central Australia, I was just a little skeptical. To my mind, the best books about … Continue reading

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my thoughts on john steinbeck’s ‘the moon is down’

As per my mission to read the complete works of Steinbeck, I just finished another Steinbeck. ‘The Moon is Down‘. I have had this copy for quite a few years but have never got around to reading it. I bought … Continue reading

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top 10 books according to writers

Seems like a great premise for making a list. Get 125 writers, ask them to list their top 10 books. Its like the ultimate booklovers listophiles dream. Also lends itself to potentially fascinating excel tables. Anyway, the book is ‘The … Continue reading

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to dewey or not to dewey

I love books. I mean that in literally and otherwise. I have more than 800 books at the moment and I cannot help myself buying more. Many a weekend hour is spent in second hand booksops. While traveling in country … Continue reading

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