Madsen Pirie, at the Adam Smith Institute, has a piece on George Orwell, his writing and his impact.
He is still highly relevant, rewarding us not only with his fluent prose, but with his honesty. He self-identified as a socialist and a man of the Left, yet he saw and wrote about what people actually did in the name of socialism. His refusal to excuse the cynical brutality of those who claimed to carry its banner but betrayed all of its ideals, made him many enemies on the Left.
Worth a quick read, here.
Some people “never read fiction”. Life, it seems, is too short for its frivolity when there remain Great Books to be read.
Yet, well-written fiction has the power to bring emotion and experience to life, accelerating (vicariously) the individual experience. And, as psychologists know, a deeply imagined experience has the same effect as one directly experienced. Hence, the power of visualisation in sport (and life) coaching.
Here’s a fantastic, case study, example from the Art of Manliness’s Brett McKay.
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…from Patrick Rhone.
Mostly here: Rhoneisms at PatrickRhone.net.
But also here: TheCramped.com – Celebrating The Unique Pleasures of Analog(ue) Writing.
And his books, here: PatrickRhone.com. Looking back, I see I read Patrick’s Some Thoughts About Writing back in 2014, so I’ve been following him since before then.
Continue reading “Small but important thoughts…”
This week, I finished Donald Robertson’s new book How To Think Like a Roman Emperor. And, what a remarkable book it is.
It succeeds in being a practical introduction to Stoicism whilst combining biography, history, psychotherapy and philosophy. Each chapter uses a period in Marcus’s life to illustrate an issue, for example, conquering desire or relinquishing fear. It describes Marcus’s situation, then demonstrates Stoic exercises that deal with the topic in question.
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Finally arrived today.
I’ve just read the introduction and already I’m hooked.
The must-read shelf has been bullied into submission.
I had the Ladybird Book of the Soldier when I was little, but lately, the little hardback books have enjoyed a resurgence. First came satire (The Ladybird Book of the Mid-Life Crisis, anyone?) but now proper, grown-up topics.
The Ladybird Book of Plato’s Republic! Who knew?
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Should everyone, or at least every sovereign professional, read Machiavelli’s notorious book, The Prince?
From the BBC’s Imagine series, this programme explores the history and contemporary impact of Nicolo Machiavelli’s most famous book.
Continue reading “Who’s afraid of Machiavelli? – BBC”
Nicholas Bate offers essential advice on finding time to read:
1.Always read for 30 minutes before any Netflix viewing.
3.Read for 20 minutes before settling to sleep.
5.Take a couple of real books on the business trip. Read in line, on the transfer bus, in Starbucks, while waiting for buddies in the lobby to get the uber to the conference.
Read the full list in Basics 7: Finding More Time for Reading, here.
I’m interested that so many of the blogs I follow have also re-blogged this. Either we have a common love of reading, or face a common challenge of insufficient time.
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