Columbine, by Dave Cullen, is probably the best piece I’ve read about the Columbine shooting. The book is great for three reasons.
- It has the perspective that comes with being published more than 10 years after the event.
- Cullen makes the point that Columbine should be seen as a failed bombing, and not a shooting.
- He also discusses the psycopathy of Eric Harris to a satisfying degree, and illustrates the differences between he and Dylan based on their writings.
It’s not an easy read at parts, particularly if you (like me) don’t think about Columbine all that often. It’s a tough reminder.
This was the first full book I read through on my Kindle. Yeah, I know, I’m way behind the times. I love the super simple version of the device. I’ve been reading more since I picked it up.
I recently reviewed a great book in PDF form from a blogging friend of mine, Michael Martine.
One of the only (yup, probably the only) fictional authors I read is an incredibly talented (and slightly demented) man named Chuck Pahlaniuk. My interest in him began with Fight Club some 10 years ago and has since developed into my reading everything he’s published. Most recently, my interest has resulted in me devouring his recent book Rant.
Westmont Public Library in Illinois has (as far as I know) just pioneered an innovative way for libraries to use Flickr.
Someone over there is thinking. They’re publishing photos of new released books with notes attached to each book that link back to reserve that book on their website. Awesome.
Another great use of Flickr notes that I can remember seeing was this one featuring a lot of web 2.0 logos and notes linking to the relevant website. Any others you know of?
I wanted to take a (probably long overdue) moment to thank Nathan over at Nathan’s Blog for a gift card to Amazon. Nathan was running a feed subscription contest a little while back – and I won. If you haven’t checked out Nathan’s blog before, please do. He writes on some really interesting stuff, especially if science or politics interest you. Thank again Nathan.
“So, Ryan, what did you do with the money?”
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It seems that every experience I have with Rob Bell’s work – whether his book, a speaking engagement of some sort, or a Nooma video – is a rejuvenating experience. His latest, Sex God: Exploring the Endless Connections Between Sexuality and Spirituality, is no exception.
I had the pleasure of traveling to the University of Michigan tonight and seeing Rob Bell (again!) during a Q+A and book signing for his new book Sex God. I found out through a good friend that Rob was touring for his new book (and still is) so I gathered together those interested and we took off. It was amazing.