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21 things about Søren Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling

Fear and Trembling is about the story of Abraham. Particularly, the part where Abraham takes Isaac up Mount Moriah to sacrifice him at God’s command. I’m maybe 80% sure this book is just Kierkegaard making fun of Hegelians. This could also be because I started Fear and Trembling right after I finished Hegel’s Phenomenology of […]

10 things about Michel Houellebecq’s The Possibility of an Island

The Possibility of an Island is a novel about a comedian and writer named Daniel. We read what appears to be Daniel’s diary entries. In between the entries are diary entries written by a clone of Daniel, hundreds or thousands of years in the future, commenting on the original Daniel’s writing. The clones perform endless […]

10 things about Edward Bernays’ Propaganda

Edward Bernays, the nephew of Sigmund Freud, was an Austrian-American propagandist who is credited with the development of public relations in America. He is largely responsible for the shift from information based advertising (buy this car because it is the safest and most fuel efficient) to desire and emotion based advertising (buy this car because […]

21 things about G. W. F. Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was an 18th/19th Century German philosopher. His books, especially The Phenomenology of Spirit, are considered to be some of the most dense and difficult there are. The last words commonly attributed to Hegel are: “Only one of my pupils has understood me, and he misunderstood me.” All summaries of The Phenomenology of […]

10 things about Franz Kafka’s The Castle

 The Castle is about a land surveyor named K. who moves to a town in response to a request for a land surveyor. Once he gets there he finds that there’s no job for him. Despite this, he’s determined to stay and make a life. (I read the Hartman translation by the way). The book is […]

10 things about John Waters’ Role Models

John Waters is a cult film director most famous for his movies Hairspray and Pink Flamingoes. This book is a collection of essays by Waters about role models he had growing up. The cover of the book is white so it can collect dirt easier. These are the role models: Johnny Mathis, Tennessee Williams, Leslie […]

21 things about Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin is about a mother’s relationship with her son before and after he shoots up his school. It was also made into a movie. While the film is mostly true to the novel but there is stuff in the movie that is not in the book and stuff in the […]