Michael Cunningham

 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 83% (19 of 23)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria (AUS)
Birthday: 23 Oct
 

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Fahrenheit 451 (Flamingo Modern Classics) by Ray Bradbury
4.0 out of 5 stars Celcius 232.778, 12 Sep 2013
Fahrenheit 451 (1953), by Ray Bradbury, is a short read about a fireman called Guy Montag who burns books for a living. I'll spare you the cliche `in a dystopian world where firemen start fires rather than put them out...' Wait, no I won't. The title of the book refers to the apparent temperature at which book paper catches fire, and did I mention it's about a fireman who starts fires instead of putting them out? I read Fahrenheit 451 right after finishing Brave New World and in my opinion the two meshed together seamlessly as the world that Ray Bradbury moulds resembles a stepping stone to the vision Huxley had imagined in his own book. The inhabitants of Fahrenheit 451, similar to those… Read more
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"I have all the characteristics of a human being: blood, flesh, skin, hair; but not a single, clear, identifiable emotion, except for greed and disgust. Something horrible is happening inside of me and I don't know why. My nightly bloodlust has overflown into my days. I feel lethal, on the verge of frenzy. I think my mask of sanity is about to slip."

American Psycho (1991) is a hallucinatory web of social satire spun by author Bret Easton Ellis about a psychopathic serial killer who works in Wall Street in the 1980s. The book examines the dark side effect of a society heavily absorbed in a life of passive consumerism and also its desensitisation to extreme violence through… Read more
The Only Dance There Is: Talks Given at the Mennin&hellip by Ram Dass
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Only Dance There Is is a compiled transcription of two lectures Ram Dass gave to a room of psychotherapists in the early 1970s. The first lecture was at the Menninger Foundation in 1970, and the second at the Spring Grove Hospital in 1972. Seeing as Ram Dass was a trained Harvard professor and psychiatrist before he transformed into a yogi, he was in the fortunate position of having two perceptual vantage points to overlook the whole thing. His clear insight into the Western approach to solving man's spiritual problems through psychology, and his new understanding into the Eastern approach through yoga and meditation, allowed him the opportunity to act as a solid concrete bridge between… Read more