Me and my friend Ingrid created one of the most exclusive non-existent book clubs to share notable, interesting, eclectic books and discuss them as intelligently as we could while inebriated. Although, she has moved on to other things, I have maintained the book club, now the smallest and most exclusive non-existent book club on Earth. My selections are as eclectic and diverse as possible closely following my own eclectic and diverse interests in life. Arguably, they are not eclectic and diverse enough, and contrary to popular opinion, I constantly judge book covers and almost always reject them based on the book cover alone. For instance, I will never read a biography of Donald Trump or a book called, “How to Lose Twenty Pounds by Eating Nothing But Raisins.” Arguably, my selections are controlled by decisions I am not aware of, and I have found patterns in the books that I do read. I tend to prefer books that are unconventional, counter-intuitive, anti-establishment, innovative, creative, and rebellious.
My review style is often digressive yet related. Sometimes you’ll have no idea what the book is about, because I get overly digressive, but this is simply a reflection of my attitude in life. You write and think about what you want to not what others expect of you even for a book review. Besides entertainment, a book is a way to expand, challenge, disrupt, broaden, and deepen my mind, and being very philosophical, I will always try to relate the book to how it may improve my understanding of meaningful things in my life. You may also find a few typos, because I rarely reread my reviews more than once. I feel that besides laziness, there is a legitimacy and honesty about using a stream of consciousness method.
So people think books are for anti-social nerds. I think you’ve been brainwashed effectively by our most corrupt and sadly screwed up modern world, an unholy alliance of big government and big business which wants to spoon feed you the news and everything single piece of information through the filter of profit, consumerism, materialism, and hierarchy. Books are one of the only information channels left for rebels and non-conformists to challenge mainstream views and attitudes. Of course, big government and big business don’t want you to read, outside of the mind-pulverizing airport pulp of 50 Shades or Danielle Steele. Since the Agrarian Era, those on top have perpetrated a brilliant scam to convince the rest of us that they know best, we are born evil and unworthy, and our only redemption is subordination and submission to authority and “civilized” order. One of my missions is to uncover this scam with the help of other independent-minded, rebellious, creative thinkers out there.
I will often switch between fiction and non-fiction, heavy ready and light reading. In school, we were only given one choice of reading, boring non-fiction textbooks for science and history classes and boring, old, heavy fiction for English class. Nobody taught us the joy of reading. Rather, we were taught the pain of reading dense, poorly written and organized textbooks or archaic literature where we needed an historical dictionary to look up every other word. Easy, light reading is like fiber. You need it to get ideas and information moving quickly through your mind. If all you read is dense literature, your mind will get constipated and reject new ideas, thoughts, and books. We tend to seek mental shortcuts when our minds are not challenged or they’re overly challenged and filled with unrelated trivia. This is the strategy of modern education. Either judge us harshly to discourage us from thinking or inundate us with so much trivial, meaningless, pointless information that our brains short circuit and we wind up taking mental short cuts. As a result, we live in a society of two types of people, ignorant people who don’t really think much about anything and just follow the crowd and really smart people who know a lot about nothing and cannot think critically or independently but do rather well on Jeopardy.
There are also times a book is so awful that I have to skim it, and I will be upfront about it when I do this by admitting it. I try to be an honest reviewer. I know there are professional reviewers out there who often skim books or even hire people to do their reading.
FYI here is a list of my favorite books:
Dylan Ratigan 2012 Greedy Bastards: How We Can Stop Corporate Communists, Banksters, and Other Vampires from Sucking America Dry
Michael Pollan 2011 Omnivore’s Dilemma
Daniel Goleman 1996 Emotional Intelligence
Daron Robinson, James Acemoglu 2012 Why Nations Fail
Daniel Quinn 1997 The Story of B
Max Tegmark 2014 Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
David Boaz 1998 Libertarianism: A Primer
Stephen Hawking 2012 The Grand Design
Michael S. Gazzaniga 2011 Who’s in Charge
David DiSalvo 2012 What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite
Francis Fukuyama 2012 The Origins of Political Order
Stanley E. Porter 2011 Hermeneutics: An Introduction to Interpretive Theory
Martin EP Seligman 2012 Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being
Nassim Nicholas Taleb 2012 Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder
Since I started blogging about this club on Facebook, all my reviews can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Non-Existent-Book-Club/217321728325861?fref=nf