- Epic Acid Science Fiction
Really on a “very good, but not my favorite of all time” streak here. Also, I am now setting the precedent that not all reviews will be extremely in-depth. In some ways, these are less reviews and more a reflective log with occasional critique. Regardless: Dune rocks.
- A Foray into Theology
The Lonely Man of Faith was a birthday present from a dear friend. It is written from a perspective that challenges my own, running quite contrary in some aspects from the way in which I have chosen to live. Indeed, this is what made it a fascinating book to read: the interaction of differing opinions and views is where there is perhaps the most room for growth. Furthermore, The Lonely Man of Faith is written at quite an abstract level, and as such there are many things within its pages that Rabbi Soloveitchik and I agree on and indeed within which we can find shared meaning.
- A Review That I Should Probably Have Saved For Another, Less Contentious Time But Nevertheless Did and Ultimately Enjoyed
The War of Return is a book written by two self-described “prominent Israeli leftists” that makes a bold claim in its subtitle: “Western Indulgence of the Palestinian Dream Has Obstructed the Path to Peace.” The book was originally published, in Hebrew, in 2018. The English translation debuted two years after in 2020. Three years later, and three months after the October 7th attacks, those who hope for peace seem to have more reason for despair than ever. I read War of Return hoping for a fresh perspective. So together, let’s turn to co-authors Adi Schwartz—an Israeli journalist formerly at Haaretz, the country’s largest left-wing newspaper—and Einat Wilf—a former Labor party politician—to discuss “the single largest obstacle to lasting peace” and how we might go about solving this seemingly intractable conflict capturing the attention of the world.