Book Reviews, Reviews

The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind–and Changed the History of Free Speech in America by Thomas Healy

★★★★

I’m not sure when I first heard the phrase about not “shouting fire in a crowded theater.” I do know I’ve heard Penn Jillette say that he and Teller have actually done it. Maybe that’s where I came to know it. At any rate, I also didn’t know that it was from the unanimous opinion in a Supreme Court free speech case.

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Book Reviews, Reviews

Book Review: William Gibson’s Neuromancer

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A few months ago, my coworkers and I started a Shadowrun campaign. Shadowrun is a tabletop RPG (think Dungeons & Dragons), but in addition to elves and dragons and whatnot, this game also has hackers, cybernetic body parts, and drones. What’s not to love? Anyway, when we first started playing, I was inspired to re-read Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson. One of the few books  I’ve ever read more than once. While I was in the process of re-reading Snow Crash, I happened upon  an interview with William Gibson. I greatly enjoyed the interview, and decided it was probably about time I read Neuromancer; having been aware of it at least since Snow Crash was originally recommended to me back in college.

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