Books

These are links to blog posts that refer to books:

Salsa/ Dance

Quick, Before the Music Stops:  How Ballroom Dancing Saved My LifeQuick, Before the Music Stops: How Ballroom Dancing Saved My Life (2008) – this book is about a woman, who learns to dance again, and then becomes single again; gave me an appreciation for single-again salseras.

The Empanada Brotherhood (2007) – this book is about a bunch of guys, who like to hang out at an empanada stand; gave me an appreciation for duende in flamenco.

It Takes Two (2009) – this book is about a woman’s affair with a tango gigolo; gave me an appreciation for tango gigolos.

Mambo Peligroso (2005) – this book is about social salsa in New York City; gave me an appreciation of salsa as foreplay.

Kiss & Tango: Looking for Love in Buenos Aires (2005) – this book is about one woman’s journey in learning Argentine tango; gave me an appreciation for tanguera gigaleras.

Long After Midnight at the Niño Bien: A Yanqui’s Missteps in Argentina (2008 ) – this book is about one man’s journey in learning Argentine tango; gave me an appreciation of the history of tango.

Salsa and Its Transnational Moves (2006) – this book is about the sociology of salsa; gave me a new perspective of social salsa.

Glamour Addiction: Inside the American Ballroom Dance Industry (2006) – this book is about the sociology of dancesport; gave me a sneak peek into the world of dancesport, and how it contrasts with social salsa.
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Philosophy

When the Shoe Fits - Stories of the Taoist Mystic Chuang TzuWhen the Shoe Fits – Stories of the Taoist Mystic Chuang Tzu (2006) – this is a book of stories of Chuang Tzu, and Osho’s thoughts on those stories; gave me some insight on my need to dance salsa.

The Man Who Loved Seagulls:  Essential Life Lessons from the World's Greatest Wisdom TraditionsThe Man Who Loved Seagulls: Essential Life Lessons from the World’s Greatest Wisdom Traditions (2009) – this is a book of parables, and Osho’s thoughts on those parables; gave me some insight on the zen and tao of salsa.

The Book Of ChildrenThe Book Of Children: Supporting the Freedom and Intelligence of a New Generation (2013) – this book is about Osho’s thoughts on raising children; gave me something to strive for when interacting with children.

The Alchemist: A Fable about Following Your Dream (1988) – this book is about following one’s dreams; gave me a wake-up call.

Man’s Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy (1992) – this book is about finding meaning in one’s life through love and suffering; gave me a proof for love, and for dancing with love.

Mencius, Translated by David Hinton (1998 ) – this book is about the philosophy of Mencius; gave me further foundation for developing sincerity in my salsa.

The Analects, Translated by Arthur Waley (2001) – this book is about the philosophy of Confucius; gave me a foundation for developing sincerity in my salsa.
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Politics
Crippled America:  How To Make America Great AgainCrippled America: How To Make America Great Again (2015) – this book is about Donald Trump’s politics; reading between the lines, it gave me insight on how to make salsa great again.
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Psychology

He:  Understanding Masculine PsychologyHe: Understanding Masculine Psychology (1989) – this book is about male psychology; gave me insight into the mother complex and fair maiden, but I’m not sure if I understood it all.

I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression (1997) – this book is about male depression; gave me insight into how salsa addiction may be used to achieve grandiosity.

DRiVE: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (2009) – this book is about what motivates us; gave me insight into how autonomy, mastery and having the right goals in salsa can lead to happiness.

What Happy People Know (2003) – this book is about positive psychology; gave me insight that appreciation may be the antidote to salsa fears.

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (Revised Edition) (2006) – this book is about sales and marketing; gave me insight into why one of my asking-for-a-dance techniques seems to work.

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005) – this book is about how our subconscious mind influences our decisions; introduced me to Gottman’s research, and how it may apply to salsa.
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Sociology
Are All Guys Assholes?Are All Guys Assholes? (2011) – this book is a relationship self-help book for women; gave me insight into how I can be a better asshole.

Dataclysm:  Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking)Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking) (2014) – this book is about big data and what it tells us about male-female attraction; gave me insight into what kind of 20-year-old salseras I’ll like when I’m an 80-year-old salsa gigolo.

Weapons of Mass Instruction - A Schoolteacher's Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory SchoolingWeapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher’s Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling (2009) – this book is a manifesto against public schooling; gave me insight into the history and motivations for an education system.

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids:  How to Stop Yelling and Start ConnectingPeaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting (2012) – this is a book about peaceful parenting; gave me insight into regulating myself on the dancefloor.

Knowledge for Action:  A Guide to Overcoming Barriers to Organizational ChangeKnowledge for Action: A Guide to Overcoming Barriers to Organizational Change (1993) – this book is about communication and learning; gave me insight into my primary salsa purpose.

Battle Hymn of the Tiger MotherBattle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (2011) – this book is an early memoir of a ‘tiger mother’; gave me insight into how to raise a child, tiger-mom style.

Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference (2010) – this book gave me insight into how men and women are more alike than disalike.

Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why (2003) – this book is about real life survival stories; gave me insight into survival in the salsa aquarium.

Into The Wild (1996) – this book is about one man’s dream of living in the wilderness; gave me insight into ascetism.

The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life (1959) – this book is about the way people act, and why we act; gave me insight into how salsa gigolos and salseras act around each other.

A Primate’s Memoir (2001) – this book is about baboons, and how people are like baboons; gave me insight into salsa stress.

Decoding Love: Why It Takes Twelve Frogs to Find a Prince, and Other Revelations from the Science of Attraction (2009) – this book is about relationships; easy to read, sort of like Blink.

He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys (2004) – this book is about relationships; mind-fluff read as an excuse to make a blog post.
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Business

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement, Third Revised Edition (2004) – this book is about the theory of constraints, in a business; made me question my salsa goals.
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Environment

Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood (2008 ) – this book is about seafood and the environment; gave me a framework for understanding the salsa ecosystem, and a justification for feasting on trophic level 2.0 salseras.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006) – this book is about where our food comes from; opened my eyes to how much corn I consume, foodwise and otherwise.

Stupid to the Last Drop: How Alberta Is Bringing Environmental Armageddon to Canada (And Doesn’t Seem to Care) (2007) – this book is about the Alberta oil sands; made me question my salsa consumption habits.
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Fiction

Fifty Shades of GreyFifty Shades of Grey (2011) – this book is about a Dominant initiating a submissive into the world of BDSM; gave me a chance to get in touch with my inner Dominant.

Steppenwolf (1929, 2002) – this book is about a man’s internal struggles and how they can distort his reality; gave me a chance to reflect on my own internal struggles during a period of salsera abstinence.

Tongue (2009) – this book is a cautionary tale of pursuing forbidden fruit, and a recipe for the preparation of forbidden food; gave me another reason to resist the temptation of forbidden salseras.

The Mandarins (1954) – this book is about the lives and milieu of Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre and others; gave me an insight into existentialism, feminism, communism, capitalism, and French culture.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007) – this book is about the brief coming of age of a Dominican-American boy; gave me a fresh perspective of the history and value of salsa, merengue and bachata, in a highly entertaining and readable form.

The Reluctant Gigolo – A Work of Friction (2008 ) – this book is about a dance gigolo’s adventures on an around-the-world cruise ship; gave my retirement-planning a kick-start.

One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967, 1970) – this book is about the rise and fall of the Buendía family; something to read to appreciate translated South American literature.
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Fishing

The Last Guide – A Story of Fish and Love (2001) – this book is about a fishing guide in Algonquin Park; gave me an insight into fishing techniques and the history of fishing in Algonquin Park.

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