Category Archives: Books

Happy Twentieth: The Epicurean Dude

Happy Twentieth to everyone! This month, my essay An Epicurean Guide to Living More Pleasantly in Times of Coronavirus was featured in May-June issue of The Humanist magazine, a publication of the American Humanist Association. The May-June issue is titled … Continue reading

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Books for Jefferson / Hitchens Day

Today is Thomas Jefferson / Christopher Hitchens Day. Some atheists / humanists have called for this day to be about sharing / giving books to our friends, to stimulate their intellectual life. People develop their character through association. Good association … Continue reading

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The “Carpe Diem” Podcast

I recently had the pleasure of participating in the Seize the Moment Podcast, where we discussed the Epicureanism essay I wrote for the book How to Live a Good Life. Only after my participation did it occur to me that … Continue reading

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The Warmth of Other Suns

I just finished reading The Warmth of Other Suns, which is based on hundreds of interviews and documents the Great Migration of Southern Blacks to the north and west during the 20th Century. The migration reminded me of the Dust Bowl … Continue reading

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Book Review: How to Live a Good Life

Today is the official book release date for How to Live a Good Life: A Guide to Choosing Your Personal Philosophy by Penguin Random House (Amazon link here), a collection of 15 essays edited by Massimo Pigliucci, Skye Cleary and … Continue reading

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TBT: The Matrix

Keanu Reeves has confirmed that there will be a Matrix 4. The Matrix is not only a film series: it’s also a mythology for our times. It has inspired countless philosophy books and discussions, and one of the films even … Continue reading

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Happy Twentieth! On Anticipations and Other Updates

Happy Twentieth of September! Here are some literary updates: Epicurean Preconceptions, by Voula Tsouna, was published in academia.edu. Below is a quote from it. The word enargeia means immediacy, and denotes the quality of an unmediated insight which requires no … Continue reading

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Things to Learn from Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale was a best-selling 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, which was turned into a TV series in recent years. My neighbor and I have been binge-watching episodes of it for months, after it was recommended by a co-worker. … Continue reading

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Happy Twentieth! On the Importance of Healthy Emotions

Happy Twentieth of August to Epicureans everywhere! Here are some updates from the last 30 days. Malkin’s Death This month we learned of the passing of educator Yaakov Malkin, who was the author of the book Epicurus & Apikorsim: The … Continue reading

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Ancient Christians, as depicted in Death of Peregrine

The Christian religion has enjoyed hegemony in the West for more than 15 centuries, so it is difficult for many in the modern world to imagine how dismissive many Pagans were of the Christians in the early centuries of Common … Continue reading

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