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

Ryszard Kapuściński “Travels with Herodotus” (Podróże z Herodotem) – a short book essay

I wouldn’t have it in my heart to say that I could write any semblance of an impartial review of Kapuściński’s Travels with Herodotus. Here’s why: the book is wired into my very nervous system. If you’re seeking a somewhat less biased introduction to the book, by all means, have a look at the reviews : here are links to The Guardian and The New … Continue reading Ryszard Kapuściński “Travels with Herodotus” (Podróże z Herodotem) – a short book essay

The Courage to Be Disliked – book review

The focus of the book are the teachings of Alfred Adler, a contemporary of Freud’s who lived and taught together with him in Vienna. But Freud and Adler fell out, and while Freud became the superstar of psychology, Adler has been much less discussed, at least in popular culture. While Freud uses the idea of past trauma to unlock the secrets of the mind, Adler … Continue reading The Courage to Be Disliked – book review