books

An index of blog posts tagged ‘books’ here at MarkCz.com.
Video: Zoey’s bedtime story gibberish

Video: Zoey’s bedtime story gibberish

The date of this video is November 13, 2010. We came across it the other day and decided to put it on YouTube. I hope you enjoy it. Our great niece Zoey and her older sister Nadine were staying with us for a couple of days. It was 9 p.m. and Nadine was done for the...

December update

December update

It’s been a while since I have checked in. I always think that I don’t have much to report on. Now that my cancer treatments are finished, things naturally have calmed down. We had a pretty uneventful Halloween. The weather was wicked with high winds and the first flakes of snow. We took a ride down to Lake Michigan to see the high waves that people were tweeting about.

Historical Jesus: ‘A Marginal Jew’: Volumes III & IV

Historical Jesus: ‘A Marginal Jew’: Volumes III & IV

As someone who's made a regular hobby of studying the Bible for about 30 years and counting, I find it hard to express how enjoyable the John P. Meier book series A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus has been to read. Chapter by chapter, Meier peels away...

Getting ready for radiation therapy

Getting ready for radiation therapy

We were fortunate to have great weather for Easter. I loved being with both our families on that day. It’s always fun to watch the kids find the Easter eggs that the adults hide for them. This year at my mother-in-law’s house, Mark and our brother-in-law Kevin were in charge of hiding the eggs.

Joseph Conrad Complete Works for Kindle: $3

Joseph Conrad Complete Works for Kindle: $3

Heart of Darkness was the basis for Francis Ford Coppola's legendary movie Apocalypse Now, and a major influence on Anthony Bourdain. Victory resounded through Bob Dylan's song "Black Diamond Bay." Two separate film adaptations of Almayer's Folly have been released in...

Holiday depression

Holiday depression

I finished the book Empty Mansions that I had downloaded from the library to my Kindle. That was pretty fascinating, to read about the wealthy Clark family and how much the heiress Huguette gave away to her caregivers.

Chemotherapy-friendly food from a cancer cookbook

Chemotherapy-friendly food from a cancer cookbook

I took yesterday to make some staples to have on hand for the upcoming weeks. Mark and I are trying to figure out what I should and shouldn’t be eating. We were supposed to meet with a dietitian on my first day of chemotherapy treatment but for some reason, her schedule was backed up and she couldn’t meet with us. The doctor did give me a short list of things to eat but I wanted maybe some options and recipes as well.

‘Steve Jobs’ biography by Walter Isaacson

‘Steve Jobs’ biography by Walter Isaacson

My sister recently gifted me with a copy of the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, published last year by Simon & Schuster. At 571 pages plus notes and index, it's a hefty volume, and Isaacson's plain and linear telling makes the book seem daunting at first...

Jonah Lehrer: ‘Imagine: How Creativity Works’

Jonah Lehrer: ‘Imagine: How Creativity Works’

Update, July 30, 2012: On Sunday, July 29, Jonah Lehrer resigned from The New Yorker over reuse of his own material in his New Yorker blog posts, and after an article in Tablet magazine — "Jonah Lehrer’s Deceptions" — revealed that he had fabricated quotes from Bob...

Solitaire, patience, and creativity at work

Solitaire, patience, and creativity at work

Solitaire — the pastime of playing cards alone — is often regarded with disdain. Solitaire players are viewed as slackers wasting time when they should be doing something productive. Solitaire is even seen as a pathetic pursuit — a game for outcasts and loners of...

‘The Coming Jobs War,’ by Gallup CEO Jim Clifton

‘The Coming Jobs War,’ by Gallup CEO Jim Clifton

Watch any TV these days, and the title of Gallup CEO Jim Clifton's recent book hardly seems prophetic. Companies tout job creation on commercials, news reports obsess over workforce and unemployment statistics, and candidates push tax plans aimed at small business and...

Bob Dylan autobiography: ‘Chronicles: Volume One’

Bob Dylan autobiography: ‘Chronicles: Volume One’

On my living room bookshelf, next to a few other books about the singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, was an autobiography from 2004 I had bought some time ago, but not yet read. Chronicles: Volume One is a hardback of moderate size, containing 293 rough, deckle edge pages...

Mark Twain tried surfing in Hawaii

Mark Twain tried surfing in Hawaii

Preparing to visit Hawaii for the first time a decade ago, I read Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii, a collection of the Sacramento Union writer's dispatches in 1866 from what were then known as the Sandwich Islands. Twain's letters are an enthralling portrait of...

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ (movie, 2009)

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ (movie, 2009)

We have heard about "The Continuing Mysteries of Stieg Larsson" — his untimely death at age 50 before the publication of his Millennium Trilogy, and his fourth manuscript, so far unpublished and enveloped in controversy. We are aware that Stieg Larsson's Millennium...

J.K. Rowling: Harvard Commencement speech

J.K. Rowling: Harvard Commencement speech

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey recemtly, and during the hour, Oprah showed brief clips of the Harvard Commencement speech Ms. Rowling gave on June 5, 2008. Those excerpts were intriguing enough to make me want to hear the whole...

Happy Bloomsday! James Joyce / ‘Ulysses’ podcast

Happy Bloomsday! James Joyce / ‘Ulysses’ podcast

A stately, plump good morning to Ulysses readers everywhere. Over the last day or two, several messages have arrived here informing me (and asking me to inform you) of a new podcast. It's hosted by the bestselling Irish novelist, journalist and broadcaster Frank...

How to start a business, for freelance graphic designers

How to start a business, for freelance graphic designers

With more people turning to freelance jobs — freelance writing jobs, freelance design jobs, freelance work of all kinds — in the aftermath of the economic crisis, it's helpful to have some solid advice on the topic of how to start a business. How do you write a...

Website redesign, domain change

Website redesign, domain change

Testing, 1, 2, 3. Is this thing on? We've just gone through a domain change. And a website redesign. Between designing other people's websites to help them make more money, and working on this site to make it more effective, I feel like I've been living underground...

books

An index of blog posts tagged ‘books’ here at MarkCz.com.

Video: Zoey’s bedtime story gibberish

The date of this video is November 13, 2010. We came across it the other day and decided to put it on YouTube. I hope you enjoy it. Our great niece Zoey and her older sister Nadine were staying with us for a couple of days. It was 9 p.m. and Nadine was done for the...

December update

It’s been a while since I have checked in. I always think that I don’t have much to report on. Now that my cancer treatments are finished, things naturally have calmed down. We had a pretty uneventful Halloween. The weather was wicked with high winds and the first flakes of snow. We took a ride down to Lake Michigan to see the high waves that people were tweeting about.

Historical Jesus: ‘A Marginal Jew’: Volumes III & IV

As someone who's made a regular hobby of studying the Bible for about 30 years and counting, I find it hard to express how enjoyable the John P. Meier book series A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus has been to read. Chapter by chapter, Meier peels away...

Getting ready for radiation therapy

We were fortunate to have great weather for Easter. I loved being with both our families on that day. It’s always fun to watch the kids find the Easter eggs that the adults hide for them. This year at my mother-in-law’s house, Mark and our brother-in-law Kevin were in charge of hiding the eggs.

Joseph Conrad Complete Works for Kindle: $3

Heart of Darkness was the basis for Francis Ford Coppola's legendary movie Apocalypse Now, and a major influence on Anthony Bourdain. Victory resounded through Bob Dylan's song "Black Diamond Bay." Two separate film adaptations of Almayer's Folly have been released in...

Holiday depression

I finished the book Empty Mansions that I had downloaded from the library to my Kindle. That was pretty fascinating, to read about the wealthy Clark family and how much the heiress Huguette gave away to her caregivers.

Chemotherapy-friendly food from a cancer cookbook

I took yesterday to make some staples to have on hand for the upcoming weeks. Mark and I are trying to figure out what I should and shouldn’t be eating. We were supposed to meet with a dietitian on my first day of chemotherapy treatment but for some reason, her schedule was backed up and she couldn’t meet with us. The doctor did give me a short list of things to eat but I wanted maybe some options and recipes as well.

‘Steve Jobs’ biography by Walter Isaacson

My sister recently gifted me with a copy of the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, published last year by Simon & Schuster. At 571 pages plus notes and index, it's a hefty volume, and Isaacson's plain and linear telling makes the book seem daunting at first...

Jonah Lehrer: ‘Imagine: How Creativity Works’

Update, July 30, 2012: On Sunday, July 29, Jonah Lehrer resigned from The New Yorker over reuse of his own material in his New Yorker blog posts, and after an article in Tablet magazine — "Jonah Lehrer’s Deceptions" — revealed that he had fabricated quotes from Bob...

Solitaire, patience, and creativity at work

Solitaire — the pastime of playing cards alone — is often regarded with disdain. Solitaire players are viewed as slackers wasting time when they should be doing something productive. Solitaire is even seen as a pathetic pursuit — a game for outcasts and loners of...

‘The Coming Jobs War,’ by Gallup CEO Jim Clifton

Watch any TV these days, and the title of Gallup CEO Jim Clifton's recent book hardly seems prophetic. Companies tout job creation on commercials, news reports obsess over workforce and unemployment statistics, and candidates push tax plans aimed at small business and...

Bob Dylan autobiography: ‘Chronicles: Volume One’

On my living room bookshelf, next to a few other books about the singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, was an autobiography from 2004 I had bought some time ago, but not yet read. Chronicles: Volume One is a hardback of moderate size, containing 293 rough, deckle edge pages...

Mark Twain tried surfing in Hawaii

Preparing to visit Hawaii for the first time a decade ago, I read Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii, a collection of the Sacramento Union writer's dispatches in 1866 from what were then known as the Sandwich Islands. Twain's letters are an enthralling portrait of...

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ (movie, 2009)

We have heard about "The Continuing Mysteries of Stieg Larsson" — his untimely death at age 50 before the publication of his Millennium Trilogy, and his fourth manuscript, so far unpublished and enveloped in controversy. We are aware that Stieg Larsson's Millennium...

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