While I have not read Lodro Rinzler’s books, several of my friends have
and absolutely love them. Reading the description of his first book from the
author’s website, it’s easy to see the appeal. “The Buddha Walks into a
Bar is a book for those who are spiritual but not religious, who are
disillusioned by the state of the world, who are sick of their jobs (and
just started last Tuesday), who like drinking beer and having sex and
hate being preached at, who are striving to deepen their social
interactions beyond the digital realms of Twitter and Facebook.” I think
a lot of college students can relate to this description, which is
precisely what the 30-ish Rinzler was going for. A Buddhist practitioner
since childhood, Rinzler tries to make meditation more accessible to
today’s youth. Based on the reviews I’ve heard and read, it sounds like
he has been successful. The Buddha Walks into a Bar is available at the
John T. Richardson Library. Call number: 294.3444 R584b2012.
As a life-long Cubs fan, I understand how difficult it can be to defend
this ball club. The Cubs have had losing seasons four years in a row and
with their current record of 2 wins and 5 losses, well, it looks like
it might be another long and painful season. Inevitably Cub-haters will
lay their ridicule on thick and Cubs fans the world over will grasp at
straws to defend the “lovable losers.” But at least we have Wrigley!
Even the most ardent Cub-haters have to concede that Wrigley Field is
one of the most beautiful fields in all of Major League Baseball. 2014
is the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field, and Pulitzer Prize-winning
journalist Ira Berkow recently released a new book to mark the occasion.
If you’re a fan of the Cubs or baseball in general, check out Wrigley
Field: An Oral and Narrative History of the Home of the Chicago Cubs,
available at the John T. Richardson Library. Call number: 796.35706877 B5134w2014.
I love maps. I’m not entirely sure why, as I rarely use maps, but I just
find them fascinating. Maps can be powerful and politically charged,
they can be completely utilitarian, and they can often be beautiful.
The new book Maps of Paradise examines a curious question: how do you
map the unmappable? For centuries humans have tried to pinpoint the
location of the Garden of Eden, a difficult task since the Bible left
this information rather ambiguous. With over 100 images and excellent
narrative, Alessandro Scafi’s new book is definitely worth checking out!
Maps of Paradise is available at the John T. Richardson Library. Call number:202.3 S278M.