By Mark Kurlansky
What's What? may perhaps or not it's that famous writer Mark Kurlansky has written a really brief, terrifically witty, deeply thought-provoking e-book solely within the type of questions? A booklet that attracts on philosophy, faith, literature, policy-indeed, all of civilization-to ask what might be the twenty most vital questions in human historical past? Or has he given us a very shrewdpermanent, impossibly a laugh video game of twenty questions? Kurlansky considers the paintings of Confucius, Plato, Gertrude Stein, Shakespeare, Descartes, Nietzsche, Freud, Hemingway, Emily Dickinson, the Talmud, Charles de Gaulle, Virginia Woolf, and others, distilling the deep questions of existence to their gleaming essence. What? provides unending fodder for considerate dialog but in addition never-ending chance to reflect on and be challenged by-and entertained by-these questions in refreshingly unique methods. As Kurlansky says, In a global that turns out with out absolute certainties, how do we make declarative statements? with out asking the questions, how do we ever get to the solutions? "Why are we right here? Why is all of this right here? Why can we die? what's dying? What does it suggest that outer house is countless and what's after infinity? what's the importance of birdflight, why does topic decay, and the way is our existence assorted from that of a mosquito? Is there an finish to those questions or is wondering as limitless as space?" together with his impressive black-and-white woodcut illustrations all through, this good-looking quantity is a travel de strength that packs an immense wallop in a deliciously compact package deal.