Review: Tinkers – Paul Harding

[xrrgroup][xrr rating=2/5] [xrr rating=2/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup] Tinkers by Paul Harding is a short book that says a lot. What exactly it is saying though, is something of a mystery to me. And I’m supposed to be the literary one of the group. I came across it wandering through a bookstore (yes they still exist) with […]

Saddleback Leather

Here at iUMBC, we love all things manly, not just books. So when my brother-in-law told me about Saddleback, I knew that we had to share its story. It’s a pretty amazing story, and you can read the whole thing here. The short of it is that a guy living in Mexico went to a […]

A Very Manly Christmas

Merry day after Christmas everyone! Hopefully you’re all getting something of a relaxing recovery day today. Of course Christmas can have different levels of exhaustion though. If you’re like me you spent your whole day traveling to various households opening presents and eating, all the while filling in the gaps using a massive ax to […]

How Do You Read?

Ok so maybe we’re stretching this series just a little bit too far, but I think this is still a fair question. I’ve been hearing a lot about how the internet has been changing the way people process information, and therefore changing the way people read as well. There has been some research showing that […]

What Do You Read?

Research* shows that if you started reading today and read for the rest of your life, and lived to be 100 years old, and you read at the pace of a speed-reader, you would still only get through 1/100,000th of the printed material available to you. And that’s not even counting other languages. Yes there […]

Why Do You Read?

Research* shows that 99% of literate people read every day. If you’re on this web site and reading this, then you are one of those 99%. Kudos. Who are the 1% you ask? Well that’s just one of life’s mysteries. Learning to read is one of life’s necessities in this modern era, and there are many things […]

Where do you read?

We here at iUMBC like to read. It’s no secret. We’ve talked a bit about the differences between physical books and ereaders, but another important aspect to the reading experience has to do with the environment one decides to read in. When it’s really time to sit down and delve into a book, we need […]

Review: This Side of Paradise

This Side of Paradise F. Scott Fitzgerald [xrrgroup][xrr rating=1.5/5] [xrr rating=2/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup]     You’ve probably read The Great Gatsby. Or at least you skimmed it or checked out the Cliff’s Notes because you were forced to in high school. Or at least you’ve heard that it’s the most perfect book written by an […]

November Book Club: Winter of Our Discontent PREview

The Winter of Our Discontent John Steinbeck John Steinbeck not only won a Pulitzer in his life, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature–arguably the most prestigious award given to a writer. He was also the last American man to win the award (in 1962). You may have heard of some of his books: The […]

Luke’s Top Ten

Here is my top ten list.  I am more drawn to the classics in general, and I especially love Russian literature.  The depth that they have captivates me in a way that most modern literature lacks, at least for me.  I’d much rather read a book that takes a bit longer and has something really […]