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Guest Review from Hussain Ather: Kwame Appiah’s “Experiments in Ethics’”

ou’re in a dilemma. A train is about to run over five people strapped to the tracks. You may pull a lever to switch the train to another track where the train would only kill one person. In this thought experiment, known as the trolley problem, what would you do? Continue reading

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Book Review—Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

This true story is about a young man, Christopher McCandless, who leaves his middle-class home in Virginia to wander the country alone with no money, no plan, and no destination. Krakauer follows his journey through the American west, piecing together the details, and all the way to Alaska, where McCandless’s body was found in a rusted bus near the Stampede Trail. Continue reading

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Book Review—Between You & Me by Mary Norris

I am of two opinions of this book. One, it was a perfect book for me to read at this point in my life, being in the throes of applying for copy editing jobs, and two, that it might be … Continue reading

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Book Review—The Trip to Echo Spring by Olivia Laing

Although I enjoyed learning about the lives of some of America’s greatest authors and their relationship with drinking, I finished Olivia Laing’s “The Trip to Echo Spring” wishing that there had been a little more to it. It may have … Continue reading

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Book Review—Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty

When I asked the information desk at the bookstore where I could find this book, the lady behind the counter replied: “Oh, what a dismal title.” Indeed. If you are like most people, you fear death. You may not think … Continue reading

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Book Review—Stories of the Sea by Collected Authors

Oopsies it’s been a long time, but for some reason this last book of short stories took quite awhile to finish.  I must say, although I really enjoyed this collection, it didn’t quite make me itch to jump on a … Continue reading

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Book Review (in bulk)—Sailing Sailing Everywhere

The idea for this post came after trudging through a very disappointing book about the Chesapeake Bay.  Written in 1951, “The Bay,” by Gilbert Klingel, was probably a new and exciting wonder of its time, when people still went scuba-diving … Continue reading

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