Author Archives: Harry Katz

The Left Hand of Darkness

The Left Hand of DarknessBy Ursula K. LeGuinWalker and Company, New York, 1969 I read The Left Hand of Darkness a long time ago, back in my university days I think. It popped back up to the top of my … Continue reading

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinciby Walter IsaacsonSimon & Schuster, New York, 2017 The first thing you notice about Walter Isaacson’s latest book, Leonardo da Vinci, is its weight. This is a hefty tome. It tips the scales at three pounds even (1360g … Continue reading

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Video: What the Future of Energy Means for Canada

A link to this panel discussion cane across my FB feed and I wanted to share it here in a brief post. http://singularityucanadasummit.org/event/debate-future-energy-means-canada/ The context is Canadian but the perspective is definitely global. Really intelligent, though-provoking discussion about the energy … Continue reading

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Crosscut Festival

I spent yesterday attending the Crosscut Festival at Seattle University.  I’ve gone to so many conferences through work that I can’t seem to break the habit of taking and writing up notes.  So here they are. The conference was organized … Continue reading

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Unhitching

Yesterday morning we hitched up our much-loved tent trailer for the last time. We drove down to the Fauntleroy Ferry dock, made the short crossing over calm water to Vashon Island, and with mixed feelings delivered the trailer to a … Continue reading

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Exit West

Exit WestBy Mohsin HamidRiverhead Books, New York, 2017 Wow! What a marvelous magical book to close out this tumultuous year! Nadia and Saeed live in an unnamed city in an unnamed country, perhaps in the Middle East, or maybe Afghanistan … Continue reading

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The Myth of the Strong Leader

The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age By Archie Brown Basic Books, New York, 2014 We all admire strong leaders, leaders with a commanding presence, leaders who aren’t afraid to make tough decisions, who “tell … Continue reading

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