Booby Books: ‘The Secret Agent’ by Joseph Conrad

Today the Booby returns to his "Booby Books" series. This post features one of the most profound books on politics written in the early 20th Century (or ever): The Secret Agent is Joseph Conrad's cold hard look at the world of radical politics in the London of his day. It's not so much a political … Continue reading Booby Books: ‘The Secret Agent’ by Joseph Conrad

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Beware the Scientist, Not the Science

Welcome back, fellas. The Booby finds himself in an awkward spot this week. Your agnostic narrator must talk about religion, both the “official” and “unofficial” varieties. This is important. Just as sects of official religions can find themselves at war with one another, so too can sects of unofficial religions find themselves at war... either … Continue reading Beware the Scientist, Not the Science

Booby Books: Dostoevsky’s “Notes From Underground”

Welcome to the first featured title in "Booby Books." Booby Books are chosen because they can educate, not entertain. They'll often be difficult slugging, but everything worthwhile is. These are not book reviews. The Booby won't give you plot summaries, synopses, or babble about "character development". He'll tell you how each book might contribute to … Continue reading Booby Books: Dostoevsky’s “Notes From Underground”