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Old 12-02-20, 19:09   #1181
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One I picked up today that I didn't want his biggest fan to miss out on, Dalrymple's latest offering who Obama called one of the best books of the year

https://www.bookdepository.com/Anarc..._sims_cat_bs_1
This is available for £3 on Audible today for members.

https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Ana..._lProduct_1_11
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Old 13-02-20, 20:22   #1182
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Took my daughter to the library for the first time in a few months (probably the greatest public service ever in the history of mankind) and came out with three very promising books:

The Imposter by Javier Cercas. Cercas is an incredible writer and very accessible in translation. His masterpiece for me is Soldiers of Salamis but I have also read and loved The Anatomy of a Moment and The Speed of Light. Beautiful prose, wonderful stories grounded in historical reality that shine a light on Spain and the human stories behind some very famous headlines.

Independence Day by Richard Ford. Been meaning to read Ford for decades and now is the time! Meant to be one of the great American novelists of the 20th century.

Connemara by Tim Robinson. Given that Mrs DIII is from Galway and that this book has garnered very high praise indeed, I have put it on the list.

Await developments.
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I finished up my january batch and ordered the next one. I read a lot of very good books but this was by far the easiest to read. It details the 2016 ryder cup and reads through incredibly quickly.

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I’m working through The Night Manager. Enjoying it so far
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Old 19-02-20, 09:39   #1185
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This is available for £3 on Audible today for members.

https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Ana..._lProduct_1_11
I missed this Keane, thanks though, I was only thinking the other day you must spend a bomb on Audible.

I can see you've been reading a few Zen/Buddhist inspired books. I read a couple last year, Siddharta by Hermann Hesse is very good, On having No Head by Douglas Harding is too, Mindfulness in Plain English (can't recall author) and someone who I've bought some of but haven't read yet is Joseph Goldstein.

I know I've mentioned his stuff a few times before but Sam Harris has a reading list on the topic, he's got a meditation app too and has spent a lot of time in practice so possibly some there of interest.

https://samharris.org/recommended/?t...and-meditation

On a separate note I've finished Adam Grant's Give & Take, it was a little bit of slow burner but not bad in the end.
It falls into that business philosophy type field with the likes of Tim Ferriss. It turned out better than I originally thought, 4/5 probably too generous and 3/5 too harsh.

I'm almost finished "SleepWalkers" by Christopher Clark which I just can't recommend more, it's a fantastic read, the depth of detail and nuance on the relationships between states pre WW1 is unbelievable.
The bellicosity of some-almost all- characters involved and how war was such a defining factor of the age is unbelievable. You can certainly imagine Nietzsche being an influencing factor on them.

I'm not well versed enough on WW1 to know where gaps may exist or bias may be playing a part but it seems well balanced to me. It's certainly one to pick up if any way interested in the era.
My only recommendation would be to have read a more general overview of the main players pre WW1 beforehand because I needed to learn about them going through.

One of Christopher Clark's other works "Iron Kingdom" about Prussia is one of the next on the list, he's certainly one to check out.
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I missed this Keane, thanks though, I was only thinking the other day you must spend a bomb on Audible.
I do the regular membership which is between €9 & €10 a month for a credit. Honestly it's a bit steep, but word to the wise - you can get a refund of your credit on any book for any reason as long as you are a paying member. So it's essentially become a library for ~10 a month. You can also get refunded on the £3 purchases if you wish.

They say they'll limit this if you are taking the piss and they may do but I haven't run up against it yet (haven't taken the piss either tbf).

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I can see you've been reading a few Zen/Buddhist inspired books. I read a couple last year, Siddharta by Hermann Hesse is very good, On having No Head by Douglas Harding is too, Mindfulness in Plain English (can't recall author) and someone who I've bought some of but haven't read yet is Joseph Goldstein.

I know I've mentioned his stuff a few times before but Sam Harris has a reading list on the topic, he's got a meditation app too and has spent a lot of time in practice so possibly some there of interest.

https://samharris.org/recommended/?t...and-meditation
Zen is something I dip in and out of regularly. I find it extremely interesting. I've read a bunch of the Alan Watts books, also Siddhartha (which is magic) and several other bits and pieces.

I had to order this book Zen in English Literature and Oriental Classics from some place in India where they printed it out and bound it by hand by the looks of things. I've flicked through and it looks really interesting but finally sat down to start it last night. The other books I added on Goodreads are just ones mentioned in the preface of that.

Thanks for that reading list, it looks like something I could get quite stuck into. I must actually get around to giving his podcast a go.

I'm currently listening to a history of England that is as self-congratulatory and one-eyed as I ought to have expected but am still unable to avoid becoming infuriated at to the point that I was thinking this morning about going on a media diet once it's finished. Media diet being my term for avoiding stuff that puts me in bad form, I always find detouring into Zen stuff a great tonic.
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Old 19-02-20, 11:46   #1187
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I do the regular membership which is between €9 & €10 a month for a credit. Honestly it's a bit steep, but word to the wise - you can get a refund of your credit on any book for any reason as long as you are a paying member. So it's essentially become a library for ~10 a month. You can also get refunded on the £3 purchases if you wish.

They say they'll limit this if you are taking the piss and they may do but I haven't run up against it yet (haven't taken the piss either tbf).



Zen is something I dip in and out of regularly. I find it extremely interesting. I've read a bunch of the Alan Watts books, also Siddhartha (which is magic) and several other bits and pieces.

I had to order this book Zen in English Literature and Oriental Classics from some place in India where they printed it out and bound it by hand by the looks of things. I've flicked through and it looks really interesting but finally sat down to start it last night. The other books I added on Goodreads are just ones mentioned in the preface of that.

Thanks for that reading list, it looks like something I could get quite stuck into. I must actually get around to giving his podcast a go.

I'm currently listening to a history of England that is as self-congratulatory and one-eyed as I ought to have expected but am still unable to avoid becoming infuriated at to the point that I was thinking this morning about going on a media diet once it's finished. Media diet being my term for avoiding stuff that puts me in bad form, I always find detouring into Zen stuff a great tonic.
I've taken a few steps to and fro in the past to embrace various sides of Zen/Meditation/Buddhism.
One thing that always comes from it is less of a desire both to consume media and be incensed by it. I'll be attempting to follow you in avoiding aspects of it.

Like Hitch with Feedly, there really is a skill in curating what you consume. Possibly just best to accept that it's not something that can be really solved but something that is iterative.
I'll take a look on your Goodreads about those books, we should try get Hotspur to throw up his recommendations at some point.

Also interested in that History of England. I'm currently trying something along the lines of the themes I mentioned before; going chronologically at the minute through the two wars, so SleepWalkers which is effectively Pre WW1 to WW1(can't recall the book for that) to https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35959801-crucible which is 1917-24, then I have a some Pre WW2 and during WW2.
I'll add them as time passes.

Books like these are bigger commitments though, Sleepwalkers being approx 800 pages and that Iron Kingdom is 1,400 so just taking longer to get through as I'm making an effort to pick in-depth works.
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One I picked up today that I didn't want his biggest fan to miss out on, Dalrymple's latest offeringref=pd_detail_2_sims_cat_bs_1[/url]
Not sure if this is referring to me or not! He's a different (and real) Dalrymple vs my guy who uses it as a pseudonym.
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Not sure if this is referring to me or not! He's a different (and real) Dalrymple vs my guy who uses it as a pseudonym.
I knew it was a pseudonym but I didn't even register the first name, I saw the image alongside Dalrymple and thought it was him doing his thing on the East India Company.
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I knew it was a pseudonym but I didn't even register the first name, I saw the image alongside Dalrymple and thought it was him doing his thing on the East India Company.
This (real) Dalrymple is a very good writer, specialising in India.

Presumably Denny was talking about this fella.
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Old 19-02-20, 12:53   #1191
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This (real) Dalrymple is a very good writer, specialising in India.

Presumably Denny was talking about this fella.
Yeah he had us all on him a while ago before you joined the party.

He's a great writer, all very satirical stuff, I just wasnt gone on the style.
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I’m working through The Night Manager. Enjoying it so far
That's the one with the fantastic TV series with Hugh Lawrie?
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Going to have to take out a mortgage to cover the cost of my newfound obsession with graphic novels. They're about €12 each and you'd be lucky to get two days out of one. Kid has developed a similar obsession so we're just screwed budget wise.

Really enjoyed the first Rat Queens and Sex Criminals is ridic smart.



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Did anyone sign up for the premium FS in the end?

I don't read most of the newsletters, so the time element is what puts me off more than the sign-up fee. Not sure I'd put the time in.
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That's the one with the fantastic TV series with Hugh Lawrie?
Yeah that was good alright.
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Did anyone sign up for the premium FS in the end?

I don't read most of the newsletters, so the time element is what puts me off more than the sign-up fee. Not sure I'd put the time in.
No I didn't anyway, you have summed it up for me too. I wouldn't put the time in to justify it.

I have cut my subs to NY Times, Skeptic & ForeignAffairs, too much decent free content such as Nature plus even the Economist you get a few free articles a month.

The Farnam St pricing model is incredibly odd, no monthly payment but you can choose between $149 or $249 per year.
The content is exactly the same, it's just a personal decision to pay more.

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Nope. Time decision in the end. Plus not really knowing what they talk about on there.
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Going to have to take out a mortgage to cover the cost of my newfound obsession with graphic novels. They're about €12 each and you'd be lucky to get two days out of one. Kid has developed a similar obsession so we're just screwed budget wise.

Really enjoyed the first Rat Queens and Sex Criminals is ridic smart.



are you reading French ones yet?
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That's the one with the fantastic TV series with Hugh Lawrie?
Yeah. Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman.

Your probably familiar with a few of Le Carrie’s other spy novels. Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy. The Spy who came in from the Cold. Haven’t read those myself. But I read his The Perfect Spy in the states back in 2007, and after seeing the show I stuck The Night Manager on my list.
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are you reading French ones yet?
Nah unfortunately. My daughter is though.
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