Sunday, March 26, 2006

Read... Please I beg You.

Subject to Change, Unabashedly so:

Here are a few of my favorites if you need some inspiration or are watching too much TV

1. " A Short History of Nearly Everything" Bill Bryson
Essentially the tale of Modern Scientific Understanding. Very clever and insightful. Very well researched but placed in accessible language. I promise you will laugh.

2."The Lexus and the Olive Tree" Thomas Friedman
Okay so technically I am reading this one currently, however it goes on the list for its marvelous attempt at explaining Globalization. I highly, highly recommend this one for all, even if you are not politically motivated. Friedman demonstrates a wide breadth of knowledge and experience which will force you to think much more broadly about various international impacts upon your own life. Secretly I also hope this book converts some of you into IR majors.

3. "The Autobiography of Malcom X" Malcom X and Alex Haley
I promise you that you will throw this book across the room several times in the process of reading it, but ultimately it is worth it. Highlights not only race relations but the ability of man when faced with truth to change while still holding onto his integrity.

4. "An Unfinished Season" Ward Just
This one is a fiction folks and not really to much happens through the course of it. Essentially it is just the summer of one kid. No real beginning or ending, rather a slice of life. However that's the point and it demonstrates the beauty of the English language and is an excellent example of the art of storytelling.

5. "African's and Their History" Joseph Harris
Africa is not and was never the dark continent. This illustrates more concisely and clearly than any other book I have read on Africa it's history and the roots of today's issues which plague the continent.

6. "Letter from Birmingham Jail" Dr. King
Though not a book itself, its short and inspiring. Provides a great apology for Civil Disobedience but even more so is a great introduction and reminder of Dr. King's character.

Alright that's all for now, haha read those and get back to me. Also sorry I haven't posted much lately, the past few weeks have been hell for me, but we move on and get better right...

Currently on my list of books to read:
1. Blue like Jazz
2. The Hobbit
3. The Ragamuffin Gospel
4. Atlas Shrugged

Currently Reading:
1. The Lexus and the Olive Tree
2. "Frankenstien" Mary Shelly
3. "A Peoples History of the United States" Howard Zinn
4. "Twilight of the Idols and the Anti-Christ" Friedrich Nietzsche

Question for Brandon, who is that fiction author you keep telling me to read? Perhaps that is too broad a question, so just list off a few of your favorites, I hear you mention him often.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Speak for the Voiceless

The following is a journal entry I wrote this summer:

There can be no others, be for life--all life--no matter its manifest. To become a voice for the voiceless it is easy to speak loudly and act idly of far away lands. True, social justice must aid the Africans in Dafur, it must have a voice in ending environmental racism, and must raise the status of Women in Southwest Asia. But if we are to introduce a new era of equality it's beginnings must take root in our hearts and lives today. True social justice must occur daily in our lives: in acting towards our neighbors with love and not self-serving manipulations. It will express itself by acknowledging the humanity of the uniformed cleaner at the mall and by aiding an elderly woman unto a train. For Social Justice is the mere recognition of dignity that all humans are inalienably endowed with.