After reading Plato I found myself looking for any material on Socrates and stumbled on this recent release by Paul Johnson. Socrates lived during the best and worst times of Athenian splendor and hubris. Over all, this is a brilliant portrait of the Greek philosopher and of one of the greatest thinkers of all time. A stunning look at the life of a man who did nothing less than supply the basic apparatus of the human mind.
Recommended by Guy
Michelle Huneven, Douglas Borsom, Glenn Schaeffer & Eric Olsen present and sign We Wanted to Be Writers
08/26/2011 7:00 pm
695 E. Colorado Blvd
This book is a rollicking and insightful blend of original interviews, commentary, advice, gossip, anecdotes, analyses, history, and asides with nearly thirty graduates and teachers at the now legendary Iowa Writers' Workshop between 1974 and 1978. Among the talents that emerged in those years were the younger versions of writers who became John Irving, Jane Smiley, T. C. Boyle, Michelle Huneven, Allan Gurganus, Sandra Cisneros, Jayne Anne Phillips, Jennie Fields, Joy Harjo, Joe Haldeman, and many others. It is chock full of insights and a treasure trove of inspiration for all writers, readers, history lovers, and anyone who ever "wanted to be a writer."