RaveLibrary JournalParini weaves a brilliant narrative touching on Borges’s singular writing style, the effects of aging on the author (Borges was around 70 and blind when Parini met him), and the workings of a perpetually active mind as seen through the lens of Borges’s literary reality. The resulting portraiture of the two men further boasts passages of somewhat oddly placed profanity and allusions to the lives of other writers and poets such as Walt Whitman. Parini’s cook even makes an appearance, comfortably fitting into a narrative reflecting Borges’s ficto-historical sensibility ... Essential for Borges’s legions of fans, as well as those who enjoy literary memoirs by experimental writers whose works play a bit more loosely with the facts.
PositiveLibrary JournalWith this latest work, Rid...offers a history of the political control of information, usually in the form of disinformation ... Covering a lot of ground in this dense but thorough account, Rid further includes primary sources that brilliantly show how \'information wars\' have been waged throughout history ... A fascinating read for those who appreciate learning about history within a complex political context.
PositiveLibrary Journal... an inspirational polemic about political involvement from a plethora of people in different areas. This work has a clear bias toward certain political positions, which may be its weakness. Its strength, however, is displayed through the examination of activist work that brings to light the common humanity of society\'s marginalized populations ... Overall, this account shows the significance of more people getting involved in public service after the 2016 election ... Best suited for civically engaged readers interested in a populist vision for political activism.
RaveLibrary JournalTechnology journalist Thompson...delivers again with this well-written narrative ... [Thompson] brilliantly reveals several examples of how [coders] in their respective relationships. Throughout, Thompson also does a great job exploring the various drivers that permeate the industry ... This engaging work will appeal to readers who wish to learn more about the intersection of technology and culture, and the space in which they blur together.