Hande Z

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,008 - Total Helpful Votes: 861 of 1005
Why Smart People Hurt: A Guide for the Bright, the&hellip by Eric Maisel
This is an interesting book because Maisel is trying to merge Zen and psychology. You need to understand some psychology and Zen to appreciate what Maisel is trying to do. The problem here is that he has not expressed his ideas more clearly and as a result, we see the comments from some reviewers Amazon US saying that he has identified the problem but has no solution. Another attacked him for a being an atheist bigot.

In this book, Maisel's points are as follows: We can deal with unhappiness by thinking more deeply and critically about the things that we value, asking if we truly value those things, and whether we can bring ourselves to do without them. Secondly, thinking is a… Read more
Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words by Jay Rubin
5.0 out of 5 stars Pauses between notes, 10 Aug 2014
This is an amazingly fascinating 'bio-criticism' - a combination of biography and literary criticism. It is topped by the fact that the author of this bio-criticism was the long-time translator of Haruki's books, Jay Rubin. The life of Haruki is told and at each juncture, relevant portions from Haruki's novels are brought up to show the relationship between fact and fiction in Haruki's life and work. They are so intertwined that only one who knows both subjects as well as Rubin could have pulled it off. Rubin also shows us how Haruki's love for music and the evocation of nostalgia are revealed in recurring themes in Haruki's books.

We are also enlightened by the choice of words… Read more
Inferno: An Anatomy of American Punishment by Ferg&hellip by Robert A. Ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars Burning read, 4 Aug 2014
This is an in-depth exploration of the psyche of the punisher in America. This fascinating book about punishment is not about the competing theories of why we punish or how we should punish. It is about why the urge to punish - and punish so severely. It examines all the institutions that have a role in the punishment regime - from the legislature to the police, the prosecutor, the court, and the prison guard. Ferguson studies the people in these institutions to help the reader understand why the American culture for punishment is so strong, and what can be done so that the punishment of offenders will be fairer and more just.

Ferguson forces the reader to think about the… Read more