Analysis Essay: Does human intelligence lead to unhappiness?

Image by Gillian Wilson

Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis is an apologue that wanders through the tensions between language and happiness, specifically in the form of human intelligence and consciousness. The premise of the book is grounded on the question of whether human intelligence and consciousness is a gift or a precursor to inevitable unhappiness, and so to test this, Alexis pries the condition of being human from the human body and

Continue Reading

Website Update #1

Hello, and thank you for visiting Books For Change. This month, we are focusing on disaster relief in California as wildfires continue to disrupt the state’s communities. We will be selecting charities to promote in the hopes that funds go directly to helping displaced people and those helping with disaster aid. We will be updating the site once we decide on a responsible organization.

We have also entered the beta stage of web development, and hope to add more to

Continue Reading

My Prosperity for your Agony

Image provided by Michelle Santoso 

Are you familiar with Ursula K. Le Guin’s work, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas?

The story describes a city of amazing welfare. There are riches beyond just gold; there is wealth in happiness, abundance in pleasures, and an endless affluence of vibrancy. Yet there is a contingency for the city’s bliss. There is one condition that must be honored by all of Omelas’ citizens to maintain the eternal fountain

Continue Reading

Thank you for visiting!

Hello, and welcome to my website. I am Steven Keun Woo Lee, the founder of Books For Change.

It is far too often that I see reminders of the pain our world is going through. For many people, each day is a challenge in itself; it is an unfortunate and sad reality that a countless amount of communities around the world endure the crippling grasp of poverty, natural disasters, and other hardships.

Yet every

Continue Reading