Monday, May 23, 2011

Books Read in 2011: "A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy" by William B. Irvine



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Not entirely sure of what I think of this book. There's a lot of good in it, and it certainly points me in the direction to read more of the Roman Stoics. But some of it is maddeningly simplistic in its presentation and thought that I got into arguments with the author more than a few times, making notes on the Kindle and in the Kindle app to register my frustration. On the whole, I would recommend it, but don't think that it did much more than collect some thoughts that I'd already seen elsewhere.

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I first heard about this book when Irvine wrote a series of essays on BoingBoing.net last year (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3).