Book Notes: "On Writing Well" by William Zinsser

I enjoyed the book so much that I had to stop and laugh, especially during the first few chapters. Partly because it “joked” about how people made language complex in daily life. Something I had never noticed. Partly because it “joked” about how writers struggle to put words on paper. Something I started to understand. I said “joked” because that’s what I felt like. It’s more of a style. Or how good writings look like....

August 25, 2021

Book Notes: "Atomic Habits" by James Clear

I saw this book mentioned in so many places (even noticed a copy during my dentist visit) that I finally read it. I found it lives up to those praises. Not all ideas are new to me, but James Clear did an exceptional job on organizing them into a simple framework, combining the different aspects of habit building. The writing is clear, with explanations backed by science, but not dry, as he uses ample stories and examples....

June 20, 2021

Book Notes: "A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy" by William Irvine

It almost felt like this book was written for me. I’ve always been looking to draw ideas from philosophers about how to lead a better life. My questions must have already been figured out. But I was disappointed as those introductions discuss at length about topics like metaphysics and epistemology. With Darwin’s theory, I’m less interested in those. Irvine, as a professor of philosophy, acknowledged in the book that current academia indeed pays little attention to “philosophy of life”, but it hasn’t always been the case....

May 28, 2021

Book Notes: "Why Buddhism Is True" by Robert Wright

This is the second meditation-related book I’ve read. Last year in 2020, I read The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness by Andy Puddicombe and liked it a lot. I got into the habit of daily meditation and benefited tremendously from a twenty-minute practice each day. I picked up this book not because of mindfulness meditation though. I didn’t know it has a lot about the author’s meditation experience. I wanted to learn more about Buddhism....

May 24, 2021