Category: books


51Nsis9xu5L._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_just started this super facinating book. I love it when a creative historian/author finds a really interesting subject that I have never heard of before

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 50 million metric tons—as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.

Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave.

just finished reading “its all about the bike” its about a guy who gets his ultimate custom bike made up, during the process he writes about the history of bike building and culture. fantastic read, great storytelling

and now, dan browns new book “inferno”

bike

shantaram

shantaramjust started to read shantaram. I read so slowly! draws you in from page one. thanks to my italian friend james for recommending

“It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured.”

So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear.

slowjust started reading. thanks graham for lending me this book! an easy read. engaging. the kind of thing I’m interested in

goodreads

just started using goodreads. amazing app for reading

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just started reading “life after death”

not the best writing but very engagaging anyway

lifeafterdeath“In 1993, teenagers Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, Jr.—who have come to be known as the West Memphis Three—were arrested for the murders of three eight-year-old boys in Arkansas. The ensuing trial was marked by tampered evidence, false testimony, and public hysteria. Baldwin and Misskelley were sentenced to life in prison; while eighteen-year-old Echols, deemed the “ringleader,” was sentenced to death. Over the next two decades, the WM3 became known worldwide as a symbol of wrongful conviction and imprisonment, with thousands of supporters and many notable celebrities who called for a new trial. In a shocking turn of events, all three men were released in August 2011.
Now Echols shares his story in full—from abuse by prison guards and wardens, to portraits of fellow inmates and deplorable living conditions, to the incredible reserves of patience, spirituality, and perseverance that kept him alive and sane while incarcerated for nearly two decades.

In these pages, Echols reveals himself a brilliant writer, infusing his narrative with tragedy and irony in equal measure: he describes the terrors he experienced every day and his outrage toward the American justice system, and offers a firsthand account of living on Death Row in heartbreaking, agonizing detail. Life After Death is destined to be a riveting, explosive classic of prison literature”

the zon

OR Book Going Rouge

just started reading the new julian assange book. really engaging. my kind of story, more digital philosophy than hacker tales. one day we will look back and say we were there

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reading the definative book on the rise of the hacktivist book anonymous. great read, very engaging

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I have been reading this long article about julain assange from the monthly. facinating watching this guys idea evolve. I had no idea he has close connections to some of the deep thinkers of our time (founders of EFF etc) check it out!

started reading the orchid thief this morning. its the inspiration for the the movie “adaptation” a movie about adapting a book about how plants adapt and evolve into a movie. a rhyme inside a riddle

enjoying the book sofar. susan has a facinating perspective on the world