Rostra’s Choice

Consider Writing

A bit of muffled insight into a great article

“Consider the Lobster” by the late David Foster Wallace is a 7-page field notes article published in Gourmet Magazine in 2004. It is one of my favorite essays ever written. In it, Wallace takes us to “the enormous, pungent, and extremely well-marketed Maine Lobster Festival.” He tells us about the hundreds of attendees that, every

Rostra’s Choice: Patria

Death and Hope in the land of rain.

Title: Patria (Homeland) Writer: Fernando Aramburu Year of publication: 2016 Review: On a rainy night, a family man is murdered. Shot in the back as he headed home, the water spreading his blood down the streets of his town. His last words to his wife just that morning: “It won’t happen to me; this land

Rostra’s Choice: Lean In

Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Title: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead Authors: Sheryl Sandberg and Nell Scovell  Year of publication: 2013 Review: Based on her personal experiences as a female member of Facebook and Google boards, in this book Sheryl Sandberg advises women striving to build a successful career. The author does not put the blame

Rostra’s Choice: The Black Swan

The Impact of the Highly Improbable

Title: The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable Writer: Nassim Nicholas Taleb Year of publication: 2007 Review:  In this book, Nassim Nicholas Taleb attacks simplistic prediction-making prevalent in science, financial markets and everyday life by introducing the concept of black swans. Black swans are unpredictable events with severe consequences which we tend to