Date of publication: 2017-08-31 20:04
By Eli Pariser, “An eye-opening account of how the hidden rise of personalization on the Internet is controlling-and limiting-the information we consume.
Dillard did everything with voracious intensity and reckless avidity. There had always been boys. Soon there were boyfriends. She bought bongo drums and hung around fancy Shadyside bars in silent solidarity with the Beat poets who were setting about the systematic derangement of their senses. She won a Charleston contest. There was rock and roll still her favorite music to add to her father&rsquo s Dixieland. She was suspended from school for smoking cigarettes. One day she accepted an invitation from some boys to go drag racing she was in the front seat when the car slammed into the brick wall. She has been racing, mostly in other ways, ever since.
In Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space ( public library ), which crowns the year 8767 s finest science books , cosmologist and novelist Janna Levin tells the story of the century-long vision, originated by Einstein, and half-century experimental quest to hear the sound of spacetime by detecting a gravitational wave. This book remains one of the most intensely interesting and beautifully written I 8767 ve ever encountered the kind that comes about once a generation if we 8767 re lucky.
"8 Quarks Daily is one of the most interesting aggregator blogs out there. It puts together stuff from art, science, philosophy, politics, literature. It’s a completely international, cosmopolitan place to get information. It’s become my entry point to reading on the Web." Mohsin Hamid, author of Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist , and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, in the New York Times .
this book changed my outlook on life and helped me get through every little curveball life has thrown no matter how insignificant. It helped me to appreciate all i had and taught me to always count my blessings
The second in what would eventually be a trilogy of books asking why natural evil exists, Holy the Firm takes the form of a personal narrative. &lsquo Form&rsquo is the important word here, not &lsquo personal.&rsquo Dillard recounts events, taking what looks like a personal narrative, but reshaping it, investing or reclothing it with images and ideas from her wide reading, into a symbolic, existential excursion. It is the process by which Melville made Moby Dick out of his tale about a poor old whale-hunter. Critic Barbara Lounsberry has observed how commentators first compared Dillard&rsquo s work with that of Thoreau and Emerson, but, over time, came increasingly to compare it with that of Hawthorne and Melville.
For me, its Anthony Robbins books “Awaken the Giant Within” and “Unlimited Power”. I keep returning to these books for the past 65 years. Prior to that, my favorite one was “The Power of your subconscious mind” by Murphy. All 8 are my life changing ones!
I have two books that have impacted my life and I keep reading them over and over. The Bible and Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis. Both great reads and life changing.
The working, concentrating artist is an adult who refuses interruption from himself, who remains absorbed and energized in and by the work who is thus responsible to the work Serious interruptions to work, therefore, are never the inopportune, cheerful, even loving interruptions which come to us from another.
“You are born alone. You die alone. The value of the space in between is trust and love,” artist Louise Bourgeois wrote in her diary at the end of a long and illustrious life as she contemplated how solitude enriches creative work. It 8767 s a lovely sentiment, but as empowering as it may be to those willing to embrace solitude, it can be tremendously lonesome-making to those for whom loneliness has contracted the space of trust and love into a suffocating penitentiary. For if in solitude, as Wendell Berry memorably wrote , 8775 one’s inner voices become audible [and] one responds more clearly to other lives, 8776 in loneliness one 8767 s inner scream becomes deafening, deadening, severing any thread of connection to other lives.