Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains

Jon Krakauer is the author of Into the Wild and Into Thin Air. Eiger Dreams is a collection of his essays. He is one of the my favorite non-fiction writers, for his clear and lucid writing. Reading his story requires no difficulty,…

The Call of the Wild: Jack London

Don’t come closer, or I’ll have to go Holding me like gravity are places that pull If ever there was someone to keep me at home It would be you… – Eddie Vedder I had heard of Jack London, but…

The Keeper of Lost Causes: A Danish Crime Fiction

So, the rumor is right. Scandinavian thriller is great. The Keeper of Lost Causes is crime fiction from Denmark. Reads like Stieg Larsson book. (And the publisher knows this, as you can see from its cover design…) I don’t read many…

An interesting one. — I was struggling setting up this apparatus, which can teleport me to another location. It was supposed to be straight forward, but somehow I couldn’t connect those two rods and pull that lever together. You know? Where…

GENOME: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

A great introduction to the world of DNA. Some chapters are especially interesting, sometimes even scary… As I assumed, there are a lot of ethical questions raised, perhaps more than scientific description. Genome is like recipe for human body and…

The Sirens of Titan

Mankind, ignorant of the truths that lie within every human being, looked outward–pushed ever outward. What a story. I don’t think we will be finding out the answer for the meaning of our lives anytime soon. If there is, probably…

Bruce Lee - The Lost Interview

Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now…

Tanned Books: Books Want to be Read

It’d be like you having this guitar, and never playing it. Okay? This guitar wants to be played! And this bike wants to be ridden. And if you don’t ride it, you’re killing its spirit! The bike is dying. –…

Guns, Germs, And Steel: A Short History of Everybody for the Last 13,000 Years

Why is it that you white people developed so much cargo and brought it to New Guinea, but we black people had little cargo of our own? – Yali, a New Guinean politician I admit I had never asked that…

When I was younger, there was this argument about how we should call today, August 15.  August 15 is commonly known as the “anniversary of end of war” in Japan. That was the day our previous emperor told Japanese public…