The Denial of Death

Once in a while you come across a book that has a complete worldview, or let me call it lifeview, of a subject that otherwise sounds unfathomable. Ernest Becker’s The Denial of Death (The Free Press, 1973) is one such book—a masterpiece of knowledge, insight, and reason squeezed into nearly 300 pages. Becker explores the…

Book Review: The Mind’s Sky

Raising interesting questions out of prevailing scientific research and in relevance to human history and culture isn’t a skill every science writer exhibits; but Tim Ferris surely does. His book The Mind’s Sky: Human Intelligence in a Cosmic Context (Bantam Book, 1993) engages the reader by employing this very skill to connect dots starting from…

The Paddy Stories, Book One by John Justice

by Leonore H. Dvorkin Blind Paddy Flynn, orphaned at age eight, travels by train from Philadelphia to California in 1947 to live with his childless aunt and uncle. Part One tells of his mother’s death, his time in a children’s home, and then his eventful journey to California. In Part Two, Paddy and his closest…

‘Pit Planet’ by David Dvorkin

by Leonore H. Dvorkin A science fiction novel by David Dvorkin, C 2010 In paperback and e-book formats from Amazon.com and multiple other online selling sites. Occasionally, James Benton is surprised at the role the mineral jacksonite has played in his life. His rootless childhood, his parents’ disappearance in interstellar space, his lack of any…

‘A Few Moments in Time’ by Howard A. Geltman

by Leonore H. Dvorkin A Few Moments in Time (2011) is a wistful, emotion-filled memoir of a boyhood and adolescence spent at a Connecticut school for the blind in the 1960s and early ‘70s. The author provides us with a detailed picture of his youthful past, complete with pains and pranks, and then a snapshot…

The Sayzeh Song (2016) by Chaim B. Segal

by Leonore H. Dvorkin Here, in Book One of five planned volumes, the author traces his life from preschool to 7th grade. The narrative is dominated by the Jewish religion, music performed and listened to, schooling and hard life lessons, and often difficult family dynamics. Mr. Segal proves himself an astute and very feeling observer:…

The Advantages of Audio Books

by Bob Branco With technology changing rapidly, there are more and more resources for audio books. As we all know, many people can’t read printed text for various reasons, yet they still might want to sit back, relax, and enjoy their favorite book in audio format. As a blind person, I do that quite often.…