Best Non-Fiction of 2022 (and Honorable Mentions)
Think 2022 was strange? Well, it would have been stranger for me if not for the following non-fiction books that brought light to the bewildering world out there.
40 for 40: Things I Wish I Had Understood When I Was Half My Age
Here are 40 counterintuitive things I wish I knew when I was 20 years old.
Best Nonfiction of 2021 (and Honorable Mentions)
For the 4th consecutive time, I am reviewing five of the best non-fiction books I have read in the past 365 days.
Passing Gas While Deaf
I suppose there are two kinds of people in the world: those who deliberate whether they should say “pardon me”, and those who are deaf.
Best Non-Fiction of 2020 (and Honorable Mentions)
For all of the tribulations and anxieties of 2020, it could have been worse if not for the following non-fiction books that kept me awake, thinking and feeling, deep into the year.
Best Non-Fiction of 2019
Here is why you should read Sprawlball, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, King of the World, and Man’s Search for Meaning.
I thought I would put on paper my favorite memories of James Maurice Stern, who passed away recently but will always remain “Opa” in my heart.
Progress, Pessimism, and Passion in the Deaf Community
What could explain the juxtaposition between the historic success of the Deaf community and its tribal anxiety today?
You know the rules, right? Three lines. Five syllables, then seven, then five again. I decided to write five of ’em because they say we will never understand each other until we reduce the language to 17 syllables. And yes, because this is 5tern.com.
Why I Will Not Drink at the Signing Starbucks Store
Here is why I am dazed and confused about the Signing Starbucks store near Gallaudet University.
5 Most Compelling Teams in the NCAA Tournament
So, you’re looking for a team to root for in the NCAA tournament? I have seen some well-intentioned people suggest that you root for a team by choosing your alma mater, the school closest to where you grew up, or the university with the the best uniforms/mascot/fight song. Do not feel obliged. Instead, you should…
Deaf President Now 31 Years Later: Reflections & Questions
We can learn some lessons about the Deaf President Now protest 31 years later.
Wondering Why, Why, Why
Two years ago, my former basketball player was arrested for murdering his audiologist. I still wonder why.
How Small Choices Can Save Democracy
In this day and age of polarization, gridlock, and bigotry, we can, nonetheless, revitalize our democracy with the most basic choices.
Holding My Fingers To My Ears, Frantically Moving My Head To The Left, Then Right, Then Left, Then Right Again
I tried to play the hero when I was in high school. Then, I played the deaf card.
Why Sports Matter
This is why we should play and cherish sports. And root for our teams at deaf schools and at Gallaudet.
Best Non-Fiction of 2018
Here is a totally non-scientific list of the best non-fiction books I’ve read in 2018.
What Coach Bird Taught Me
Here is what I will remember about John Perry, affectionately known as “Coach Bird” to many of us.
My 2019 Resolutions
So, I made six New Year’s resolutions. Even though I will inevitably fail at all of them.