Book Nook: Hagakure, by Yamamota Tsunetomo

I’ve been reading a few classics this year (Frankenstein, Evangeline, etc.) Those were not as “classic” as Hagakure, by age standards. Hagakure was written in the early 18th by Yamamota Tsunetomo, a retainer to a Japanese ruler. Hagakure is a book on the way of the samurai, written largely in peace time and often opining for the days of war, when samurai were real samurai. See, nothing is at time honored as complaining the current generation is softer than ever. It has existed since the dawn of time. Tsunetomo’s commentaries were collected by another man, Tashiro Tsuramoto and turned into … Continue reading Book Nook: Hagakure, by Yamamota Tsunetomo

Book Nook: Why We Get Sick, by Benjamin Bikman

I wrote about a while back about the pandemic before the pandemic–obesity and type 2 diabetes. Why We Get Sick by Benjamin Bikman covers the root cause of much of this–insulin sensitivity. Insulin Sensitivity has been linked to many health issues, ranging from alzheimers, cancer and diabetes all the way down to skin tags and everything in between. Seriously–fatty liver, infertility, menstrual issues, Professor Bikman covers in detail the list of all the issues linked to insulin sensitivity, as well as what causes it and then briefly concludes with what to do about it. Our healthcare system is excellent at … Continue reading Book Nook: Why We Get Sick, by Benjamin Bikman

Book Nook: Caffeine, by Michael Pollan

Let’s be honest here. Most of us do drugs. Well, one drug specifically–caffeine. Caffeine has been used regularly for centuries now, and Michael Pollan decided it was time to take a look at the history and try to explore some of the ramifications of our developed addiction to those little plants–coffee and tea. Pollan is most notably known for The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Cooked, the latter of which still sits on my coffee table in my stack of books to get to. Caffeine was a shorter Audible recording, focused solely on one aspect of our diets that has played a … Continue reading Book Nook: Caffeine, by Michael Pollan

Book Nook: The Sandman Part I, by Neil Gaiman

Based on Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel series by the same name, this is an audiobook performance of the story of Morpheus, the dream king of the DC world. And it is a performance, not a reading. The Sandman is a full-on production, led by James McAvoy as the titular Morpheus. This was Part I of a series. Part I covers the accidental capture of Lord Morpheus centuries ago, and follows the ramifications of that event, both in the real world and in the dream world where he once reigned and desperately needs to again. The actual story jumps around quite … Continue reading Book Nook: The Sandman Part I, by Neil Gaiman

Book Nook: Pappyland, by Wright Thompson

I’m just old enough to remember finding Pappy Van Winkle on the liquor store shelfs. I can still remember the last bottle I found in the wild. I was in Effingham, right when the Van Winkle boom was kicking up, and there was a bottle of Pappy 12 for $80. I snagged it. I drank it, not realizing at the time what was about to happen to the whiskey industry. The last time I drank Pappy 23 was the day I started my new job nearly three years ago. We were in Chicago for my training and we found a … Continue reading Book Nook: Pappyland, by Wright Thompson

Book Nook: The Dogs of Venice, by Steven Rowley

The Dogs of Venice is a short story about Paul, a recent divorcee who escapes to Europe in search of himself, or something. The book encomposses Paul’s last couple of days on his trip, as he deals with how to move on, and finds a strange mentor…a mut roaming from table to table looking for scraps. At just 1 hour, 21 minutes of an audiobook, this was a freebie on Audible. I’m honestly not even sure how it wound up in my library. I’m guessing it was the “Read by Neil Patrick Harris” on a free book. I’m not sure … Continue reading Book Nook: The Dogs of Venice, by Steven Rowley

Book Nook: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

A couple weeks back, I was watching the Marvel 616 documentary series on Disney+. One of the episodes was on inclusion within comics. They interviewed several women for the show and the female side of Marvel. One of them was Amy Reeder, a writer and artist who was part of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, a comic series about a time-traveling dinosaur and a pre-teen Inhuman who wants to change the world but is also afraid to change herself. Reeder talked about the reaction she got from little girls at some of the comicons and such. How much their faces … Continue reading Book Nook: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

Book Nook: What Unites Us, by Dan Rather

I’m 43. I’ve had the conversation with some of the elder generations at the newspaper that I was largely the last generation that grew up wanting to be a “newsman”. Kids younger than me really didn’t grow up seeing newspapers or magazines as a possible future. I was lucky to have a couple of strong newsmen to look up to locally. Nationally, I grew up on Dick Schapp and Peter Gammons in sports. For news, it was Dan Rather. He was the news voice of my childhood. I’m not sure why it was Rather, and not Brokaw or Jennings or … Continue reading Book Nook: What Unites Us, by Dan Rather