Books, Bikes, & Barks

A little about my life outside academia

Table of Contents

Books

Bikes

Barks

Misc


Books

Recently read

All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation
liked it
Rebecca Traister does a good job reaching in and pulling out many of the core features of a rising subculture of single women with the use of pop-culture and various anecdotes of historical and contemporary figures. While I can imagine a…
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
liked it
A thoughtful and engaging book on a topic I approach in depth in my introduction to organizational behaviour class. Sheryl Sandberg tackles many of the biases, roadblocks, and myths tipping the scale of gender equality in top management …
The Call of the Wild
really liked it
This classic is a gruesome and brutal tale. Duke, the story’s canine protagonist, ceaselessly fights through the hard Klondike life – a life forced upon him after being kidnapped from his original owner’s property. Part of his survival o…
Fahrenheit 451
really liked it
This was a song of fire and water, of death and life, and of mindlessness and memory. It was a long time in coming to read this classic and I’m glad that I finally had the chance. I recommend that you find that chance at some point, too.
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography
liked it
A fun light-hearted reflection on a full life of motivating others to always look on the bright side of things. It’s always interesting to hear about the relationships that define individuals and the stories that people recollect in old …
The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal
really liked it
Jared Diamond provides riveting insights into the anthropological and geological perspectives on human interaction with the world. The Third Chimpanzee outlines what makes us more or less different from our close genetic relatives. In ge…
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
it was amazing
This has been one of my favourite books of the year so far. Yuval Harari is a fascinating and critical thinker – dissecting many ideas and ideologies we hold sacred in his attempt to anticipate the future of our complex algorithm replica…
The Myth of Sisyphus
liked it
I was interested in reading some of the philosophical underpinnings of Camus perspective as an author having recently read The Stranger and The Plague. This short essay takes a surprisingly positive or possibilist take on the myth of Sys…
The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple
really liked it
I’ve read a lot about cults and the events at Jonestown proceeding the horrific end to the People’s Temple. I knew much less, however, about the back story leading up to the tragic end. Jim Jones was at first, relatively speaking, on the…
Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom
liked it
Having read almost all of Orwell’s books and essays, I found the chapters on him to add some context and critical insight. I was less familiar with Churchill, so having this second historical character juxtaposed with Orwell was interest…

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Bikes

I didn’t start road cycling until graduate school, but it has quickly become a passion of mine. To be honest, I never imagined myself decked out in lycra but here I am today battling the elements and beating yesterday with my fellow cycling enthusiasts. Occassionally I can’t stop myself from wanting to share the adventures I have on the bike, so I found a space to do this right here.

All bike related posts can be found here


Barks

I’m a proud dog dad. In fact, my dog has his own instagram account. Oh, I have cats too — they’re pretty cool.

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Misc.