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My interview with Ammons Scientific

11 Apr

Read it here.

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Centireading

15 Feb

I wish I had more time to read and I wish I had more time to reread. I often discover and remember more if I read a book twice. Stephen Marche takes this to a new level, called centireading, reading the same book 100 times:

“I have read two books more than a 100 times, for different motives and with different consequences. Hamlet I read a 100 times for my dissertation, The Inimitable Jeeves by PG Wodehouse a 100 times for comfort. The experience is distinct from all other kinds of reading. I’m calling it centireading.”

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“Centireading belongs to the extreme of reader experience, the ultramarathon of the bookish, but it’s not that uncommon. To a certain type of reader, exposure at the right moment to Anne of Green Gables or Pride and Prejudice or Sherlock Holmes or Dune can almost guarantee centireading.”

I am intrigued by this idea, if I had the time, I would like to try it. But I wonder what book I would choose? My first thought would be Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. I also wonder if there is a non-fiction book, such as some work of philosophy, that might be worth this kind of intense rereading.

 

 

What is the best self help book?

9 Feb

Here is a list provided by Time Magazine. I have not read any of the books on the list, yet, so I cannot prejudge them. My favorite self help book is Small Change by Larry and Susan Terkel.

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Please make your suggestions in the comments!

 

Fifty nine new bookstores opened in the US last year!

8 Feb

Good news for bibliophiles:

“In 2014, the American Booksellers Association welcomed 59 indie bookstores that opened in 25 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is the largest number of new stores joining ABA in a single year since the start of the Great Recession in 2008.”

Here is a video about my favorite independent bookstore MacBack’s in the Coventry neighborhood of Cleveland Heights.

Reading on the subway

4 Feb

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“Angelica Ayala, center, memorizes her lines in English and Spanish for a role in the play “Peccatoribus.” At right, Asiria Mateo, 26, reads “Deep,” a work of urban fiction by Danette Majette.”

An absolutely wonderful story, with photographs, about people reading on The New York City subway.

“Reading on the subway is a New York ritual, for the masters of the intricately folded newspaper like Ms. Kornhaber, who lives in Park Slope and works on the Upper East Side, as well as for teenage girls thumbing through magazines, aspiring actors memorizing lines, office workers devouring self-help inspiration, immigrants newly minted — or not — taking comfort in paragraphs in a familiar tongue.”

 

At what age did famous authors write their breakthrough books?

26 Jan

Twenty six for Jack Kerouac, but 54 for George Eliot.

A fascinating chart can be found here.

Note that Richard Adams, author of Watership Down, published a book at age 91.

Comedian Shane Mauss and I discuss memory

15 Dec

Some months ago I received an email from comedian Shane Mauss, asking if I would like to be interviewed for a new podcast project he was working on. Mauss is creating a series of podcast interviews with scientists titled Here We Are.

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Shane is a first class guy and the process of being interviewed was a lot of fun. You can read the program notes here, and find the mp3 here or download it from itunes.

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