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this is my first posting. hello! my name is sarah, and i'm half black half jewish. my mother is jewish.

A friend of mine recommended a book called 'Ace of Spades' by David Matthews (you can find it here: http://tr.im/iGsu), and I love it so much. I'm half way through it and I can't believe how great this book is. It's so funny and personable. There are moments where I have to put the book down and just burst out laughing. But wow, is it well written! David Matthews is poetic with his words. Truly astounding.

Here's a brief description from The New Yorker:
The son of a Zionist white mother and a Malcolm X-admiring black father, Matthews, in this memoir, is a boy without a race in a city, Baltimore, that requires him to choose one. The story of racial pinball is not entirely unfamiliar: the black kids reject him as too light-skinned, the whites as too broad-nosed. But Matthews displays improvisational verve—blacks are "burnished" and "browned butter," and whites are anything from "alabaster" to "a puffy marshmallow in Baltimore’s steaming cup of cocoa"—and narrates with the vigor of a movie script. Indeed, it is on television that, as a child, he finds the clarity he yearns for. "I was a living contradiction of elements that shouldn’t have been," he writes at one point, whereas on TV "everything was black, or white, and a lot like life."

Really, i can't recommend this book more! I love it! Have you read it?


here's the author, david matthews:

The Five Love Languages



Someone in interracial suggested the book The Five Love Languages - How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate by Gary Chapman to the community. Since I was going to the library anyway, I decided to check it out. I figured I'd probably skim through and read chapters that looked interesting. I sat down last night at about 7:30 to read and at about 10:30 I realized that I had read the whole book in one sitting.

This book made me think about what I do to show love to my partner and my daughter and what makes me feel most loved by them. Chapman says that there are 5 main love languages, each of them with many dialects but, most everything we do for love falls under one of the five love languages.

The Five Love Languages are:

Physical Touch
Quality Time
Positive Affirmations
Acts of Service
Receiving Gifts

Something that I found really interesting was, when I asked myself what makes me feel most loved , I put the languages in the order above but when I asked myself what do I do to show my family love the order was a little bit different. I realized that although Positive Affirmations is something that is important for me to hear to feel loved, I don't always speak Positive Affirmations to others.

For years I've said "Romance is knowing what makes your partner happy and then doing it." For me, romance is just that simple. I think this book helps you realize what you need from  your partner and what your partner needs from you. Once you know what your partner needs, do it. Love can be simple like that.

Physics of the Impossible


Okay, I'm a big Michio Kaku fan. I listen to his radio show, Explorations, almost every week. I just finished reading Physics of the Impossible, A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel and I really enjoyed it. I never studied Physics in school; learning more about Physics has been like a hobby of mine and Kaku does an excellent job at explaining the theories behind each concept. The more I learn about Physics the more I feel like I want to switch my major, (I'm an Econ major now) and just study physics since that's what I love learning about anyway. But I digress; I loved this book because it tackled all kinds of theories in Physics and discussed the history and possible future of each of them.

Why I created this community...

 
    I created this community, which currently has two members, so that I can discuss books I've been reading. I've been reading a lot lately but I don't have anyone to discuss books with. I'm mostly into non-fiction. I read about philosophy, politics, poverty, physics, and economics. Eventually, I would like to read more about WWI, WWII, The Cold War and the United Nations. I would like to understand religions better. I'm also fascinated by Cosmology. Morris Berman in his book The Twilight of American Culture states that American intelligence levels are declining because we lack curiosity. Well, I'm curious about a lot of things and I'm determined to learn more about this world. Books are my guides on this journey and I'm inviting you to come along. Share with me; let me know how you feel about things and I'll tell you the way I see it.

    And if you know anyone that would be interested in joining please try and recruit them.

Freakonomics


  

 "Freakonomics" is a very interesting book I am reading by Steve Levitt and Stephen Dubner. The last 4 books I've read have been on spirituality, philosophy, humanitarian efforts and the end of poverty. This book was like my break from those topics. I started it last night, it was so good I stayed up until midnight and even missed "The Daily Show" reading it. I will be done with it probably by the time I get off BART tonight.

    At lunch, I was sitting on a bench, the sun on my face with a good breeze coming off the bay with a very creative and thought provoking book in my hand. Ahh, It was heaven. It makes returning to my dim, stale, little office all the more difficult. Oh well...2 more hours of running reports and then I can get back to my book.  =]