Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Category: review

BookReview: The Human Stain

The Human Stain product Book by Philip Roth This is my first Roth book, which is a little embarrassing since he’s considered by some to be the greatest living American writer. The Human Stain is supposed to be among his best, and it is a well-crafted work of great skill: about a black man who […]

BookReview: Anarchism: A Beginner’s Guide

Anarchism: A Beginner’s Guide product Book by Ruth Kinna As someone influenced by anarchist thought, I know embarrassingly little about the source texts of the movement, and its historical proponents: Bakunin, Kropotkin, Proudhon and the rest. What I know, I know mostly from the application of anarchist principles in online projects (the free software movement, […]

BookReview: Lullabies for Little Criminals

Lullabies for Little Criminals product Book by Heather O’Neill The mind of a creative child is a wonderful thing, especially at that moment before adulthood becomes a reality, maybe age 12, where anything seems possible and innocence, imagination and ability all come together. Heather O’Neill has written a remarkable book about such a mind, the […]

BookReview: Programming the Universe

Programming the Universe product Book by Seth Lloyd, about quantum physics and cosmology We all know that the universe is made up of matter and energy, but Seth Lloyd, a quantum physicist at MIT, adds a third basic element to our understanding: information. Everything, he says, can be considered as registering information (or bits): hot/cold, […]

BookReview: Kafka on the Shore

Kafka on the Shore product Book by Haruki Murakami Talking cats, raining fish, death, trapped souls, parallel universes, a confused fifteen-year-old, and of course a good smattering of sex. Among other (sometimes heart-breaking) oddities. With Kafka on the Shore, Japanese novelist and fabulist Haruki Murakami continues his metaphysical exploration of the odd underside of human […]

BookReview: Henderson the Rain King

Henderson the Rain King product book by Saul Bellow Saul Bellow, who died in 2005, was one of the great American writers of the post-war period, among a group (including Mailer, Cheever, Vonnegut; later: Heller, Roth, Updike) who forged the American literary and cultural consciousness of the late 40s, 50s, and paved the way for […]

BookReview: The God Delusion

The God Delusion product Book by Richard Dawkins Richard Dawkins’ 1974 book, the Selfish Gene is probably one of the most important science books written for the general public (I’ll be reviewing that book here later) in the second half of the 20th century. Not only did the Selfish Gene do much to explain evolutionary […]

BookReview: Field Notes from a Catastrophe

Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change product Climate Change Book by Elizabeth Kolbert My first job out of university, as a fresh-faced, idealistic engineer, was in the energy industry, for a sort of international think-tank made up of eight of the biggest electric companies in the world from G7 countries. I […]