Book Review: The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season by N. K Jemisin

The Fifth Season: The Broken Earth Book One by N. K. Jemisin (New York: Orbit Books, 2015. 512 pp) N. K. Jemisin is the first author in the genre’s history to win three consecutive Best Novel Hugo awards, all for her Broken Earth Trilogy. Her work has also won the Nebula, Locus, and Goodreads Choice awards. She is currently a reviewer for the New York Times Book Review, and she has been an instructor for the Clarion and Clarion West writing workshops. The Holocene It snowed recently. The kids stayed home for many days. We had cabin fever. End of short story. But for the purpose of this review, let’s talk about weather and climate. Too often, commentary about the… Read More →

Television Show Review: The Good Place: Season 3

The Good Place Season 3

The Good Place: Season 3 created by Michael Schur (NBC, Fremulon, 3 Arts Entertainment, Universal Television) Starring Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, D’Arcy Caden, Manny Jacinto, Marc Evan Jackson, and Ted Danson. SPOILER WARNING FOR PREVIOUS SEASONS Our Moral Obligation What do we owe each other? For the last few seasons, The Good Place has been asking us this question. As our systems and institutions become more intertwined where does the responsibility of one person end and the responsibility of another begin? A simple act of enjoying a song requires a laundry list of ethical repercussions. Is the artist a good person? If the artist isn’t a good person, is it the kind of “bad” that creates good art and is justifiable or just pure evil? Even if the artist… Read More →

Book Review: John Henry Days

John Henry Days by Colson Whitehead

John Henry Days: A Novel by Colson Whitehead (New York: Doubleday, 2001. 400 pp) Colson Whitehead was born in 1969 and raised in Manhattan. He attended Harvard College and afterward he began working as a reviewer for The Village Voice. Out of the gate, Whitehead’s fiction gained acclaim when his first novel, The Intuitionist, won the Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Voices Award. His work has earned him the Young Lions Fiction Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the PEN/Oakland Award, and a Whiting Writers Award. Also, Whitehead has received a MacArthur Fellowship and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. The Legend The legend of John Henry remains resonant after all these years. A man, at the peak of his occupational powers faces the risk and uncertainty of the… Read More →

Television Show Review: Homecoming: Season 1

Homecoming

Homecoming: Season 1 created by Micah Bloomberg, Eli Horowitz, Sam Esmail (Amazon Studios, Anonymous Content, Esmail Corp.) Starring Julia Roberts, Bobby Cannavale, Stephan James, Shea Whigham, Alex Karpovsky, and Sissy Spacek. On Conspiracy Blame it on studying philosophy in college, but I try my darnedest to avoid falling into conspiracy thinking. Logically, the simplest explanation for any event makes a conspiracy highly unlikely. And, the amount of people required to deliver a wide-ranging conspiracy makes it all the more difficult to keep under wraps. And yet, the back half of this decade feels like an endless exposition of conspiracy. I’m not budging on my general conspiracy take, but I’m starting to see how smaller decisions can make large dents on… Read More →

Book Review: Doughnut Economics

Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth

Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist by Kate Raworth (White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2017. 320 pp) Kate Raworth is an economist that teaches at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute. She has a BA in politics, philosophy, and economics, and an MSc in economics for development, both from Oxford University. Whiteboarding Within the rhythms of my current role, I meet daily with my fellow team members to strategize and create deliverables for our clients. These working sessions often involve whiteboarding our ideas. Having a handful of completed projects under the belt, I’ve come to see how valuable that whiteboard becomes when a group of people are trying to solve a problem. It’s true, a… Read More →