Good Books

It’s really great to have book that you want to be reading all the time. A book that turns you into a person who always volunteers to go get coffee at the reception or go back to the room to fetch snacks because it’s an opportunity to read a couple of pages in the elevator. A book that you carry everywhere in hopes of snatching a few sentences here or there.

I wish there existed a mechanism to identify such books and ensure I’m never without one. Right now I have a book like this. Actually, I have two, one in Spanish and one in English, and that’s unusual.


8 thoughts on “Good Books”

    1. Well, the Individuals series is retelling of one of them. I was hoping people would guess the posts aren’t coming from me.

      And the Spanish book is a Mexican version of Making a Murderer.


      1. \ Well, the Individuals series is retelling of one of them. I was hoping people would guess the posts aren’t coming from me.

        Have you discovered a new good author? Who is he? Or she?


  1. In the annals of perfidy:
    Origins of an Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused

    …But a copy of a confidential Justice Department report shows that federal prosecutors investigating the company found that Purdue Pharma knew about “significant” abuse of OxyContin in the first years after the drug’s introduction in 1996 and concealed that information.

    Company officials had received reports that the pills were being crushed and snorted; stolen from pharmacies; and that some doctors were being charged with selling prescriptions, according to dozens of previously undisclosed documents that offer a detailed look inside Purdue Pharma. But the drug maker continued “in the face of this knowledge” to market OxyContin as less prone to abuse and addiction than other prescription opioids, prosecutors wrote in 2006.

    Based on their findings after a four-year investigation, the prosecutors recommended that three top Purdue Pharma executives be indicted on felony charges, including conspiracy to defraud the United States, that could have sent the men to prison if convicted.

    But top Justice Department officials in the George W. Bush administration did not support the move, said four lawyers who took part in those discussions or were briefed about them. Instead, the government settled the case in 2007.

    Prosecutors found that the company’s sales representatives used the words “street value,” “crush,” or “snort” in 117 internal notes recording their visits to doctors or other medical professionals from 1997 through 1999.

    The 120-page report also cited emails showing that Purdue Pharma’s owners, members of the wealthy Sackler family, were sent reports about abuse of OxyContin and another company opioid, MS Contin…


    1. One half of the country can’t bring itself to accept that pharmaceutical companies got people addicted to this trash on purpose because it’s profitable. And the other half can’t bring itself to accept that this development was used by Mexican drug cartels to bring in an enormous quantity of heroin through the porous border.


  2. I have been reading “The Maternal Drama of the Chechen Jihadi” (2014) by NANCY HARTEVELT KOBRIN, Ph.D.

    It can be legally downloaded for free here:

    I think she goes a bit too far with psychoanalytical explanations, but am planning to check hers “The Banality of Suicide Terrorism: The Naked Truth About the Psychology of Islamic Suicide Bombing”


  3. Her thesis:

    \ Nancy Kobrin dismantles the psychological dynamics of suicide terrorism to help the reader gain a new perspective on one of the most destructive forces the world has witnessed to date. Until now, no one has explained why the mother-child relationship is central to understanding Islamic suicide terrorism. The Banality of Suicide Terrorism exposes the very ordinariness of one of the deepest yet most poorly understood causes of the suicide bomber’s motivation: a profound terror of abandonment that is rooted in the mother-child relationship. According to Kobrin, this terror is so great in the would-be suicide terrorist that he or she must commit suicide (and mass murder in the process) in order to fend off that terror of dependency and abandonment. Suicide terrorists seek a return to the bond with the mother of early childhood— known as maternal fusion—by means of a “death fusion” with their enemies, who subconsciously represent the loved (and hated) maternal figure. The terrorist’s political struggle merely serves as cover for this emotionally terrifying inner turmoil, which can lead down the path of ultimate destruction.


    1. Does it apply to mass shooters too? I don’t know if it explains suicide bombers but I am sure the disorder does exist.


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