Books, as far as the eye can see…

The Norrington Room, Blackwell’s bookshop, Oxford.

The Norrington Room, Blackwell's Oxford

The Norrington Room, Blackwell’s Oxford


“The Norrington Room is one of the largest and most famous bookselling rooms in the world.  Opened in 1966 and named after Sir Arthur Norrington, then President of Trinity College, the room extends beneath the college’s quad.”

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The right word – @execupundit

Michael Wade offers sage advice on the importance of word, pace and tone.  Note the warning!


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I am what I read

Two interesting posts…

In The Medium is the Moral, Nicholas Carr debates the extent to which we surrender our morality to technology.

In Is Google Making the Web Stupid? Seth Godin reflects on the unintended consequences of our reliance on a search algorithm that must be purposed to driving revenue.

Both remind me of a theme in Jaron Lanier’s You Are Not A Gadget, that our perspective on the world is imperceptibly shaped and limited by the tools we use to perceive it: if your spectacles are the wrong prescription, you don’t see things far away; if your search engine tailors results to your tastes, you don’t see what you don’t know; and, if your smartphone makes decisions for you, are you morally accountable or independent?

And Carr’s point about us being driven to connect and share, reminds me of Dave Eggers haunting novel, The Circle

Two longish articles, and two books, all worth a ponder.

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It usually begins with Ayn Rand – @asi

Here’s a nicely considered piece on the impact and appeal of Ayn Rand, from the Adam Smith Institute’s Eamonn Butler.

I trudged (and trudged and trudged) my way through Atlas Shrugged.  It’s maybe a thousand pages too long and, as Eamonn comments, no work of great literature but it has an appealing kernel that’s inspired a couple of generations of thinkers.

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Be Bold 101 – Nicholas Bate

For fans of Nicholas Bate – or those in need of a perky reminder – James Tomalin has turned the Be Bold 101 mini-book into a mini-movie…

Definitely worth five minutes of your time.

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Fountain pen inks @PenChalet #fountainpen #ink

From Pen Chalet, here’s a great guide to categories of ink for fountain pens.  Who knew?

Fountain Pen Inks Infographic

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Echoes through time: the first opinion of a ruler’s intelligence …

“The first opinion that is formed of a ruler’s intelligence is based on the quality of the men he has around him.  When they are competent and loyal he can always be considered wise, because he has been able to recognise their competence and to keep them loyal.”

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 – 1527), The Prince

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