Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid – Douglas Hofstadter
They’re Not Listening – Ryan Girdusky
Power Vs. Force – David Hawkins
Campusland – Scott Johnston
The Complete Neat Stuff – Peter Bagge
Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel – Paul Levitz
This review has been a long time coming and in a lot of way its JTT- that is, just the tip of a lot of things im balls deep in…
Campusland is an incisive satire of campus life, political correctness gone amok. Like an undapted for Trump era rendition of “I Am Charlotte Simmons” by Tom Wolfe.
Power Vs. Force is an interesting book that avers can measure another’s emotional states/ consciousness by holding down their arms and invoking certain terms. Hawkins then assigns a numerical value to levels of consciousness (eg the avg human is @180, while anything over 200 has a positive effect on humanity).
Godel, Escher, Back is an amlagam of computer programming, philosophy, metaphysics, evolutionary biology, classical music, computer coding, semiotics, etc. there’s few things it isn’t about, but one of the main themes is that a pattern of complexity common in the works of the eponymous geniuses. Deep, complex, make sure to take your adderall to get the most out of Hofstadter.
Paul levitz biography ofWill Eisner focuses on his role within the burgeoning comics industry. He;’s the comics writer comics writer. His work on “The Spirit” gave heart&soul to the superhero comic, and later, he invented the modern form of the graphic novel with works like, “A Contract with God”, as a comics work that tackles adult theme more often depicted in novels.
(Eisner has been instrumental in my own transformation into a bonafide comics book nerd, another of my not-so-secret shames) Eisner’s most important contribution arguably is bridging the gap betwen mainstream comics like Marvel and DC and the underground comix scene as championed by R. Crumb.
“Neat Stuff” by Peter Bagge is the first independent work of the handpicked heir to R. Crumb