Rescuing Fiction | 10 forgotten Novels you might want to read

When the public stops reading a novel, that book goes into a hibernation that it may never emerge from. The winter of the forgotten can last forever. Some books are never forgotten, and that’s usually because of a character. Many of Dickens’ characters – think of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol - may prove … Continue reading Rescuing Fiction | 10 forgotten Novels you might want to read

Rescuing the Future | climate change | first the simple answer

     The way out is via the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?    - Confucious   This is another subject I've been avoiding. But reading a post last week of Cheche Winnie, a  Kenyan blogger I follow (Cheche Winnie.com) because she provides an up close and interesting look into … Continue reading Rescuing the Future | climate change | first the simple answer

Autism | Theory of Mind | Do you think like a Baboon?

Sometimes psychologists try to explain autism using 'theory of mind'. Books on psychology devote whole chapters to theory of mind, but to keep a lid on this idea, I'll just quote Dictionary.com: the ability to interpret one’s own and other people’s mental and emotional states, understanding that each person has unique motives, perspectives, etc. Those … Continue reading Autism | Theory of Mind | Do you think like a Baboon?

Rescuing Fiction | Herman Hesse | Steppenwolf again |and For Madmen Only

When I had my previous website, The Shy Highway, the most successful thing on that site was the page "For Madmen Only", a short essay on the enigmatic ending of Herman Hesse's 1927 novel, Steppenwolf. Though a committed loner all his life (he is often found on lists of famous people proposed as Asperger candidates),  … Continue reading Rescuing Fiction | Herman Hesse | Steppenwolf again |and For Madmen Only

Rescuing the Future | Barack Obama vs the Culture of Meanness and Tribalism

If someone was to ask me who I think was the greatest public speaker in our time, I would respond without hesitation, Barack Obama. This morning I listened to the speech he gave this week in Richmond, Virginia on behalf of democrat Terry McAuliffe, who is running for governor again this fall (don't ask me … Continue reading Rescuing the Future | Barack Obama vs the Culture of Meanness and Tribalism