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Marci San Francisco has commented on (11) products.

A Walk in the Dark by Gianrico Carofiglio
A Walk in the Dark

Marci San Francisco, February 27, 2015

Carofiglio is far and away the best crime writer I have read. I just finished rereading A WALK IN THE DARK, and if anything I enjoyed it even more than the first time. His writing is spare and beautiful, and his protagonist is intelligently and unsparingly self-reflective. Because of the author's personal experience with the Italian police and prosecution, his insights and disclosures about how the system really works ring disturbingly true. I was shocked all over again by the final pages of A WALK IN THE DARK. Highly recommended, along with everything else Carofiglio has written that has been translated. Cudos also to the terrific translator.
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Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow
Fire Shut Up in My Bones

Marci San Francisco, January 28, 2015

Charles Blow has become one of my favorite columnists, so when I learned that he had written a memoir I was eager to read it. I was not disappointed. Blow's deeply personal and excruciatingly honest writing moved me. The memoir revealed so much about this man who writes with such wisdom and compassion combined with sharp intelligence. The writing itself is quite beautiful. Strong poetic images alongside some brutal experiences. He does not spare himself in his critical review of life experiences. This is a man who has earnestly struggled to know himself and love his true self, warts and all. I look forward to all his writing to come and wish him a long and fulfilling life.
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The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism by Jeremy Rifkin
The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism

Marci San Francisco, November 14, 2014

This is the most hopeful book about the future of our world that I have encountered this year.
Rifkin consistently manages to pull together useful (and mainly hopeful) threads of information from throughout the world in support of his projection toward a zero marginal cost society. And in the course of doing so he manages to make it accessible to readers who are not professionally trained as economists or societal historians. Better yet, his writing is so engaging that one wants to read this very dense, very full treatise on exactly the words in the subtitle: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism. Whether or not one agrees with his conclusions, it is impossible not to be excited by the information presented and by the vision that propels it. After reading a library copy, I have ordered it as I know I will want to consult its wealth of information into the future, and I want to mark it up for reference. It is impossible to read this book without learning a great deal in a most engaging way. Would be great for a serious book group.
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Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers
Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

Marci San Francisco, November 14, 2014

This book is a punch in the gut. I just finished reading it and it is swirling in my mind. It is so spare, and so unsparing, that it is difficult to characterize. No spoilers here, but I could not wait for it to end and at the same time I dreaded the ending. In about 200 short pages Eggers stirs all the emotions in the most unique way I have experienced in novel form. It was impossible for me not to feel empathy for the unnamed protagonist even as he acted indefensively. And it was impossible for me not to feel empathy for some of his captives and to hope for their deliverance. The dialogue about SWAT teams was excruciatingly powerful and provocative.We are all flawed, and so of course our society is flawed as well. Eggers' book raises deep questions worth broad discussion and soul-searching efforts to deal more honestly with the culture we have collectively created. Read it.
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Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers
Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

Marci San Francisco, November 14, 2014

This book is a punch in the gut. I just finished reading it and it is swirling in my mind. It is so spare, and so unsparing, that it is difficult to characterize. No spoilers here, but I could not wait for it to end and at the same time I dreaded the ending. In about 200 short pages Eggers stirs all the emotions in the most unique way I have experienced in novel form. It was impossible for me not to feel empathy for the unnamed protagonist even as he acted indefensively. And it was impossible for me not to feel empathy for some of his captives and to hope for their deliverance. The dialogue about SWAT teams was excruciatingly powerful and provocative.We are all flawed, and so of course our society is flawed as well. Eggers' book raises deep questions worth broad discussion and soul-searching efforts to deal more honestly with the culture we have collectively created. Read it.
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