Word by Word

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{5/5} “Lexicographers spend a lifetime swimming through the English language in a way that no one else does; the very nature of lexicography demands it. English is a beautiful, bewildering language, and the deeper you dive into it, the more effort it takes to come up to the surface for air.” Word by Word: The […]

The Invisibility of Success

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{5/5} “When things work, the forces that make them work are invisible.” The Invisibility of Success and Other Investigations by Daniel Quinn, published in 2014 This is a collection of essays and talks Quinn gave over a period of several years. Here are some highlights, with direct quotations: On civilizations that disappeared, like the Maya […]

Nonfiction books

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here’s an update to this list. Best of the best Last Chance to See… – Douglas Adams & Mark Carwardine How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big – Scott Adams The Roving Mind – Isaac Asimov (%) 1984: Spring – A Choice of Futures – Arthur C. Clarke The Ancestor’s Tale – […]

Talking to Strangers

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{4.5/5} “We jump at the chance to judge strangers. We would never do that to ourselves, of course. We are nuanced and complex and enigmatic. But the stranger is easy.” Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell, published in 2019 This book starts out with the […]

Nonfiction books

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here’s an update to this list. Best of the best How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big – Scott Adams Reflections of Eden – Biruté M.F. Galdikas Blink – Malcolm Gladwell David and Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell What the Dog Saw – […]

Final Report

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{5/5} “I don’t know much about science, but I know this: They didn’t land a spaceship on a comet using anecdotal evidence, and they didn’t calibrate the rate of descent using focus groups.” Final Report by Rick Mercer, published in 2018 This is mostly a collection of Rick Mercer’s rants from his TV show, Rick […]

Omni (Winter 2017)

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{5/5} “From brutal genocides, to generations of slavery, to famines, the tragedies endured by our ancestors may linger in our bodies and influence the outcome of our lives. Now scientists are saying that this kind of trauma can alter expression of our genes — including those that cause cancer and control stress in the brain.” […]

Nonfiction books

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here’s an update to this list. Best of the best How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big – Scott Adams Reflections of Eden – Biruté M.F. Galdikas Blink – Malcolm Gladwell David and Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell What the Dog Saw – […]

Blink

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{5/5} “When we leap to a decision or have a hunch, our unconscious is… sifting through the situation in front of us, throwing out all that is irrelevant while we zero in on what really matters. And the truth is that our unconscious is really good at this, to the point where thin-slicing often delivers […]

Leonard

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{4.5/5} “We shared an extraordinary experience that very few people have ever known. We were carried and buffeted by the same winds, and there truly was no one else who could understand what that meant. But beyond all that, beyond the success and the recognition and the applause, I really liked being with the guy.” […]