The Metaphysics of Reading the News, with Alain de Botton

“Whatever happens in our classrooms, the more potent and ongoing kind of education takes place on the airwaves and on our screens. Cocooned in classrooms for only our first eighteen years or so, we effectively spend the rest of our lives under the tutelage of news entities which wield infinitely greater influence over us than … Continue reading The Metaphysics of Reading the News, with Alain de Botton

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What We Really Talk About When We Talk About Love, with Alain de Botton (Part 2)

This is a two-part book review of Alain de Botton’s The Course of Love. The first part can be found here.  * * * After listening to Michael Krasny’s interview of Alain de Botton on KQED’s Forum, I headed out to see him speak in Corte Madera that evening. The bookstore north of San Francisco was … Continue reading What We Really Talk About When We Talk About Love, with Alain de Botton (Part 2)

What We Really Talk About When We Talk About Love, with Alain de Botton

…is a lot of romanticism. It’s in the movies we watch, the books we read, the music we listen to. From Disney “Princess” films to books and movies inspired by Nicholas Sparks, the irresistible charm of romance permeates our culture. It’s the nostalgia of the fairy tale, it is its allure that keeps us affirming star-crossed … Continue reading What We Really Talk About When We Talk About Love, with Alain de Botton

The Wonders of Philosophy on our Lives, with Alain de Botton

Philosophy as a tool for practicality, as a means for living our lives more fruitfully. This is what Alain de Botton’s book The Consolations of Philosophy aims to achieve, by exploring the lives of Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. In spite of the vast differences between the many thinkers described as philosophers across time, it … Continue reading The Wonders of Philosophy on our Lives, with Alain de Botton

How to Have a Traveling Mindset, with Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton does it again — for me at least, with his book The Art of Travel (Shop your local indie bookstore). As a Pisces through and through, the mind is always in another place, city, country or continent far from where the feet are planted. There is a restlessness everyday, and I’m one to … Continue reading How to Have a Traveling Mindset, with Alain de Botton

A Different Way of Looking, with Marcel Proust and Alain de Botton

What I know of Marcel Proust: nada. What I know of Alain de Botton: quite a lot, although not personally, but enough for me to dive deep into one of his books, How Proust Can Change Your Life (Shop your local indie bookstore). One of the things that I’ve truly been enamored with Proust/de Botton’s compendium … Continue reading A Different Way of Looking, with Marcel Proust and Alain de Botton

Author Index

A Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi Alameddine, Rabih + An Unnecessary Woman + The Angel of History Alderman, Naomi Alvar, Mia Auster, Paul B Bautista, Lualhati Beatty, Paul Bennett, Brit Boyne, John Bulosan, Carlos C Cain, Susan Castellanos, Rosario Catmull, Ed Cole, Teju Cullors, Patrisse D de Botton, Alain + How Proust Can Change Your Life + The … Continue reading Author Index

An Ode to the Books We Love

I’ve been immersed in Joshua Hammer’s The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu this past week, learning about manuscripts found in West Africa and across the Sahara desert as Abdel Haidara, the main character, pursues their preservation and restoration. His search for scrolls in homes — whether they are lavish family estates or mud huts in tribal areas of … Continue reading An Ode to the Books We Love

L’intimité de la vie quotidienne, with Adam Gopnik and Pierre Bonnard

I visited the Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia exhibit over the weekend, at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. I have never heard of Bonnard nor seen any of his works before, but as of late anything French has been a keen interest. The second part of the exhibit, curated by Esther Bell features the … Continue reading L’intimité de la vie quotidienne, with Adam Gopnik and Pierre Bonnard