Many readers buy books with every intention of reading them only to let them linger on the shelf.
Statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb believes surrounding ourselves with unread books enriches our lives as they remind us of all we don’t know.
The Japanese call this practice tsundoku, and it may provide lasting benefits.
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Here are some of my initial thoughts on the latest findings. Firstly the fact that the gap between boys and girls in reading is seen as secondary to the gap between boys and girls in math is very disconcerting. Secondly the reasoning for black boys not reading well appears to be being dismissed as systemic problems which is utter nonsense. These kids are not going to gain a love of reading simply because they are given books with black male protagonists. What they need are curriculums which are geared toward boys and not catering to the female students as has been the educational emphasis in the recent years. It seems people are content to let the male students fall through the cracks while they move their focus towards getting their female students scores up. And to make matters worse it appears that the education governmental bodies are more content to lower the standards for males students especially black male students rather than construct solutions.
Follow up on the previous essay on constructing a library in the home. This one delves into the thought processes for library organization. His personal library would be sorted by conservative politics, Catholicism, and culture. If and when I construct my own I predict it will be sorted in a similar fashion between historical, literature, and religious books. How would you organize your library?
sempiternal – adj. Enduring forever; eternal. From Latin sempiternus, from semper always + aeternuseternal
roborative – adj. Who Strengthens; fortifying. From Latin roborare to consolidate
recriminatory – adj. To counter one accusation with another. From re- + Latin crīmināre, to accuse
obligingly – adv. Ready to do favors for others; accommodating; in accommodation
interminable – adj. Being or seeming to be without an end; endless. From Late Latin interminābilis
quittances – n. Release from debt or other obligation; a receipt or other document certifying this. From Old French quiter to free
commodious – adj. Spacious; roomy; Archaic Suitable; handy. From Latin commodus convenient
gimcrack – n. A cheap and showy object of little or no use; a gewgaw. adj. Cheap and tasteless; gaudy. From Middle English gibecrake, small ornament
epaulette – n. A shoulder ornament, especially a fringed strap worn on military uniforms. From Latin spatula shoulder blade
neume – n. any of various symbols representing from one to four notes, used in the notation of Gregorian chant. From Greek pneuma breath
Pretty crafty idea to construct a library in your own home. I too as a young boy set as a goal that once I own my home that a library be inside. Libraries are far much more than a shelf of books and I think the author does a good job of explaining why. I would imagine my library shelves to contain countless volumes of Roman and Medieval history. While e-books are certainly a useful innovation and allow me to carry what accounts to a full library on the go I fear it will never come close to replacing the ambiance of a quiet room in which knowledge lives.
Due to an ever increasing schedule in conjunction with the upcoming holiday season my personal blogging has taken to stagnating the past several days. I intend to continue to post interesting links and materials I come across in the meantime. And with that let the updates commence:
Literature/History: I have recently reached the over halfway point in the Tom Holland book Dynasty about the early Roman Empire and line of Caesars. Its definitely well written and I like the smatterings of culture that give the facts a certain liveliness. The book reads more like a retelling of a story as opposed to the textbook nature of many history books that lack the human elements. I finished reading Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose as well. He too like Holland has taken historical information and shaped it into an addictive narrative bringing out the different players humanity while explaining the finite details of the past. I definitely feel such good books ought to be required reading in schools today rather than the drivel they have forced upon them now.
Movies: Saw the movie Loving about the interracial couple who successfully removed the miscegenation laws from across the US. The movie was well acted and definitely would not be surprised to see it in the awards for the year. Only issue I had was the lack of litigation shown in the film which they kind of gloss over.
Games: I haven’t yet but plan to get Ultimate General Civil War. Was holding out to see some others test the waters before investing in an early access title.
There are many rules of good writing, but the best way to find them is to be a good reader.
‘I read novels with the utmost pertinacity. I look upon them–I look upon good novels–as a very valuable part of literature, conveying more exact and finely-distinguished knowledge of the human heart and mind than almost any other, with greater breadth and depth and fewer constraints.
Been trudging along in Master and Commander for a while and decided to take small break to learn all these nautical terms. Hopefully I can then comprehend what exactly is going on but otherwise an excellent read.
Other books I am reading simultaneously:
An Experiment in Criticism – C.S. Lewis
Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis
Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien
Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu
A History of Korea – Michael Seth
I would like to finish half of them plus Soccernomics by November.