Book & Movie Reviews
Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker
Harvard professor Steven Pinker lays out a powerful case for cultural optimism in his book Enlightenment Now.
Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport
We can all benefit from being selective when it comes to using technology.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
If you’re interested in optimizing your life for peak flourishing, check out this invaluable resource.
John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty by C. Bradley Thompson
At a time when politicians are unwilling to admit and unable to defend the fact that America is not a democracy, John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty provides much needed clarity.
A Saturnalia of Bunk: Selections from The Free Lance 1911–1915 by H. L. Mencken
Pro-reason, pro-liberty readers likely will find A Saturnalia of Bunk enlightening and entertaining.
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
After reading Clear’s blog for years, I expected Atomic Habits to be quite useful. But, I was astonished by how useful it is.
The Illusion of Determinism: Why Free Will Is Real and Causal by Edwin A. Locke
This book shows that determinists are free to go on questioning the reality of human volition but not free to escape the contradiction inherent in that act.
In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park with Maryanne Vollers
Anyone interested in the the nature of dictatorship, the virtue of justice, or the power of persistence will find this book an extraordinary value.