Staff Pics - Andrew

Andrew is a Bay Area native that admires the many manifestations of beauty in the universe. He is in pursuit of knowledge and truth, enjoys many literary genres, and strives for self-improvement every day.

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Running on Emptiness (Tr) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780922915750
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Published: Feral House - April 1st, 2008

“With young people looking ahead to a lifetime of strain and empty consumerism, it should surprise no one that teens’ suicide rate has tripled in the past 30 years.” –John Zerzan

Zerzan is a contemporary luddite and philosopher. In this work he analyzes and addresses concepts and topics such as time, domestication, anarchism, the environmental sustainability of our lifestyles, the manner in which technology has altered the human experience, and much more. This book will cause the reader to view the world differently than before and contemplate if there is a better way to live. --Andrew M.

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Post Office: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061177576
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Published: Ecco - July 29th, 2014

I once worked at the post office myself as a city carrier assistant during the holiday season. It was the worst job I’ve ever had but while I was there I realized it was pure literary gold; if Bukowski hadn’t beaten me to the punch I might have authored a book similar to this myself. In this novel Bukowski draws upon his own experiences from working at the post office to deliver this highly entertaining and humorous insider’s account of what it’s like to deliver mail. I made sure to include Bukowski in my staff picks because I’m of the opinion that he’s one of the most honest writers there ever was. --Andrew

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ISBN: 9780451528438
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Published: Signet Book - July 2nd, 2002

While internal political unrest threatens Rome from within, adversarial forces simultaneously gather outside the gates. Coriolanus protects his people by raising his sword to the sky and spilling his blood to the earth. What is the outcome? Who are the true enemies of the state? What makes one a true warrior? Will women be able to push back the tides of war and create peace at the climax of the carnage? Some universal truths on the nature of man are present in this often unexplored tragedy that reminds us why Shakespeare continues to maintain so much relevance today still. --Andrew

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The Book of Five Rings: A Classic Text on the Japanese Way of the Sword Cover Image
By Miyamoto Musashi, Thomas Cleary (Translator)
ISBN: 9781590302484
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Published: Shambhala - January 11th, 2005

Musashi killed a man for the first time in a dual at age 13. It was only after a lifetime of subsequent battles as a samurai that he started to write The Book of Five Rings in 1643; at 4:00am. Sun Tzu stresses the importance of deception and spies while Clausewitz maintains that war is the continuation of policy through other means. However Musashi presents lessons within five rings. Will you buy this book and familiarize yourself with the scroll of fire? Combat is primarily a psychological endeavor and this is required reading for all students of life. --Andrew

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By Ernst Junger, Michael Hofmann (Translator), Michael Hofmann (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780142437902
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Published: Penguin Books - May 4th, 2004

In the Great War the technology and manufacturing capability from the industrial revolution were shifted away from their commercial application and utilized to their fullest extent for the purposes of war. In this book Jünger, a German infantry officer wounded many times, chronicles his combat experiences in the trenches on the front line. Humans gassed other humans like rodents, and consequently, rodents filled the trenches to feast on the carcasses of humans during one of humanity’s darkest hours. A very well written grizzly account of the realities of war. --Andrew

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Meditations (Penguin Classics) Cover Image
By Marcus Aurelius, Martin Hammond (Editor), Martin Hammond (Translator)
ISBN: 9780140449334
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Published: Penguin Books - November 1st, 2006

Aurelius started writing this work in 176 AD while he was the emperor of Rome. He didn’t compose these writings with the intention of publication and this collection was was originally entitled “To Himself.” This philosophical work is much more accessible to the reader than many other works of philosophy. Aurelius writes his thoughts and reflections on time, death, what really matters in life, different aspects of the human experience, and the world we live in. Everyone can benefit from this classic in which Aurelius offers guidance on how to live. --Andrew

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The Basketball Diaries: The Classic about Growing Up Hip on New York's Mean Streets Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140100181
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Published: Penguin Books - July 7th, 1987

I don’t like to play basketball and I’ve never done drugs but much of this book revolves around both of these things. Yet it still resonates with me strongly. There’s just something about Jim Carroll’s writing that makes him easy to identify with. This book presents his very raw diary entries while he was coming of age as a young teenager in New York City in the mid 1960s. The reader really gets a feel of that time and place as Carroll uses language that is now outdated but fits his narrative like a glove. Historical events have a subtle presence in the background of his entries, which display him as too hip for his own good. --Andrew