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1984 (Signet Classics) by George Orwell
1984 (Signet Classics)

Glenn Dietz, July 23, 2013

Reread your HS classics

Recently reread this to get some background for the NSA privacy scandals. The first book from high school that I have reread as an adult (30 years later). What a tremendous difference the decades and reading a book by choice makes! Technological advances in that time probably helped to make the reading interesting also. In some ways this was science fiction I'm sure when it was published, now it's all possible and to some small extent could be argued to be here. This story cannot be brushed aside as not applying any more because it is not 100% accurate, as some would wish. It must be read as a warning of the extent control could be possible, it's impact on humanity and the power of Orwell's imagination.
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Note to Self: On Keeping a Journal and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Samara O'Shea
Note to Self: On Keeping a Journal and Other Dangerous Pursuits

Glenn Dietz, February 18, 2009

Note to Self provides an enthusiastic endorsement of the power of keeping a journal to understanding/discovering one's true self. The encouragement is intertwined with low-key how-to suggestions that are secondary to the message of Just Write Something (my words). Samara gives personal (really personal) details from her own journal that show how she has recorded life events and thoughts and what they have meant to her personal growth. Each chapter ends with context from historic journals.

I definitely enjoyed this book and took away ideas and encouragement even though I doubt a 44-year-old married father was the target audience. I purchased the book as a gift for my 13-year old daughter. Fortunately I got a hold of it first. I haven't decided yet whether she's mature enough for the Intimate Details chapter.
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