Category Archives: Book Review

The Inferno of the Living

There’s a cyclicalness to the world that makes us uncomfortable. We in the west prefer to think that things are neatly stacked, one idea upon another in a glorious edifice of success; eschewing the crumbling waste which is not to … Continue reading

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On Money and the Miserly

It was a lazy week in the sleepy suburbs of a West African capital, and I was bored, attending as I had been a conference on something or something else. The lulling drones of the presenters hyphenated by breaks – … Continue reading

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Italo Calvino – “If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler”

I was prompted to start reading Italo Calvino’s novels after coming across an article in Foreign Policy magazine “The Land of Topless Minarets and Headless Little Girls” by a pseudonymed writer Amal Hanano who turned out to be Lina Sergie … Continue reading

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“The Great Escape” by Angus Deaton – A Book Review

There is no more controversial of the social sciences these days than the study of economics. Yes, a social science – the study of human interactions; and though it does contain laws (supply and demand, unintended outcomes) proven and repeatable, … Continue reading

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The Dark World of Nobilities

We read books like “The Maid and the Queen” because we are interested in what happened in the past. But why? Why are we interested? Is it of any consequence at all the story of a peasant girl who became … Continue reading

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Of Rand and Chernyshevsky

I’ve always thought that stories carry much more power in the minds of men than cardboard tomes full of equations. “What Is To Be Done,” juxtaposed against “The Communist Manifesto”; “Atlas Shrugged” against “Wealth of Nations”. It is said that … Continue reading

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How Marcovaldo Destroyed Paul Krugman

“The Society for the Implementation of Christmas Consumption has launched a campaign to push the Destructive Gift!” (…) “The important thing (…) is that the Destructive Gift serves to destroy articles of every sort: just what’s needed to speed up … Continue reading

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