Jared Diamond’s “Upheaval” – book review

What better time to read Jared Diamond’s Upheaval? After all, the world is having a crisis of some sort at the moment. Sadly, the book doesn’t lay out a ten-step-plan to get ourselves out of the COVID-19 crisis, as it was published in 2019, a world away from what is actually going on now. Still. Jared Diamond’s Upheaval is a case study of 7 nations … Continue reading Jared Diamond’s “Upheaval” – book review

Oyinkan Braithwaite „My Sister, the Serial Killer” – book review

I was struck by the cover of this book. And then I heard it got longlisted for the Booker this year. Amazon had it on sale for Kindle, and I just could not resist- even though with that good a cover, you sort of want it for your bookshelf. This was a quick and very enjoyable read. The story is set in Nigeria. Korede is … Continue reading Oyinkan Braithwaite „My Sister, the Serial Killer” – book review

The State of the Union – TV series review

I was fascinated by the concept of this BBC mini TV series. A troubled married couple, Louise and Tom, decide to attend marital counseling. Before they go to their counselor, they meet at the pub for a drink. The entire TV series is based on those meetings in the pub. It has 10 episodes of 10 minutes each, and I was seriously tempted to watch … Continue reading The State of the Union – TV series review

Arthur Schopenhauer “On the Suffering of the World” – book review

“Each of us is here being punished for his existence and each in his own particular way” (On the Suffering of the World) I picked up this book while waiting for a job interview and feeling slightly mournful about everything. It seemed appropriate. All I knew about Schopenhauer came from my high school textbook: a healthy dose of pessimism and a fascination with Eastern philosophy. … Continue reading Arthur Schopenhauer “On the Suffering of the World” – book review

Deborah Harkness “A Discovery of Witches” – book review

I had such mixed feelings about A Discovery of Witches. I really enjoyed the first half of it – it was Oxford, Twilight, and bits of Harry Potter combined. The heroine is an academic specializing in 17th-century alchemy. The main premise of the book is the worry of many an academic working in the Bodleian – Diane calls up a manuscript by accident, which turns … Continue reading Deborah Harkness “A Discovery of Witches” – book review