Tag Archives: Books

The neuroscience of memorable messages

Way back in June, I spotted this on Michael Wade’s Execupundit blog. It took me until last week to sit down and watch it, however. But, I was so impressed, I’m currently reading Carmen Simon’s book Impossible to Ignore. Anyway responsible … Continue reading

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The Daily Stoic

This looks interesting. From Brain Pickings, a review of a new book, The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living, by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman. Having read Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations and a little Seneca, … Continue reading

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The Great Books …

This is a great find, courtesy of Anderson Layman’s blog, the Wikipedia entry for the Great Books; 161 books for every personal library. Some examples to whet your appetite: 29. Marcus Aurelius – Meditations 42. Leonardo da Vinci – Notebooks 71. Isaac Newton … Continue reading

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My word for the month: omniana

“Omniana – Notes or scraps of information about all kinds of things.” Shorter Oxford English Dictionary I love stumbling across new words. Omniana sits well with the habit I’m trying to acquire of maintaining a commonplace book.

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Reading and writing: Homer’s Odyssey #writing

Over the summer, I read the T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) translation of Homer’s Odyssey.  Unusually, Lawrence rendered his translation as prose rather than verse and I’d wanted to read it since reading Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art. Pressfield describes … Continue reading

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How to write a book when you’re paid by the page – Nicholas Carr

Sage advice from Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows, amongst other books: “I thought I might be able to start publishing long books of computer-generated gibberish and then use Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service to pay Third World readers to scroll through … Continue reading

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The journey of journalling – @patrickrhone

Here’s a comforting and inspiring thought from Patrick Rhone’s analogue writing blog, The Cramped: “even one of literature’s great writers and thinkers struggled to keep a journal, questioned the entire idea of it, did so only in fits and starts, … Continue reading

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