February 13th, 2010


Two more books --- well, sort of

Over Shabbat I read Ted Kennedy זל's memoir, True Compass. It's well-written, of course, and peppered with humourous anecdotes, but primarily it's a fascinating glimpse into his mirror. He's forthcoming about his failings, and his perception of the forces that shaped his personality and his life was illuminating. Highly recommended.

I also took out from the library The Renaissance Soul - Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One by Margaret Lobenstine. It was praised in a Wired article across which I had stumbled, but I should have been warned off by the phrase "Life Design" in the subtitle. Rather than being advice on how to manage multiple passions, it was a book-length pitch for the author's consulting services, encouraging people to realize their inner "Ben Franklin". I skimnmed it cover-to-cover in about ten minutes and there's nothing useful in there for people who already self-identify as Renaissance Men and Women (hence the gender-neutral title Soul) and have decided to embrace our multiple passions. Feh. Four kvteches.