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The Review Man

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Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature
Margaret Atwood
Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals
Robert M. Pirsig
Simulacra and Simulation (The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism)
Jean Baudrillard, Sheila Faria Glaser
Leaven of Malice
Robertson Davies
The Salterton Trilogy
Robertson Davies
Effi Briest (Penguin Classics)
Theodor Fontane
Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
Nicholas Ostler
Cases And Materials On The Law Of Torts
Robert M. Solomon
Public Law : Cases Materials and Commentary
Philip Bryden, Craik, Neil, Craig Forcese, Forcese, Craig
A Property Law Reader
Bruce H. Ziff
Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson I used to listen to a lot of 5by5 podcasts back in the day—Build and Analyze, The Talk Show, Hypercritical, Back to Work. (Funny how Merlin Mann of all people is the only one still doing this gig.) John Siracusa's shows often went over my head (me not being a master programmer and all), but his two-parter on Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs was a masterstroke that even I could understand.

Basically Siracusa claims that Isaacson was not the right man for the job. Now I don't know a whole lot about how to write a great biography, and maybe J-Sir doesn't either, but his criticisms are nonetheless quite valid. Isaacson apparently isn't the biggest tech guru in the game, which makes him a weird choice. I guess I'm interested to see how off Isaacson is and to compare my thoughts with Siracusa's.

Last year I was sure somebody would give me this for my birthday, but nobody did. Perhaps I'll have to buy it myself. Maybe if I can get through the rest of the books on my shelf.