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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby xeil » 20 May 2019, 17:46

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Brenden » 29 December 2019, 11:53

Just finished reading The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity by Douglas Murray. It's perhaps one of the best books I've read in the last year or even few years. I found much to agree with even in the sections that I thought I would find completely disagreeable. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3055740443
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Jzone » 29 December 2019, 21:54

Non Zero: the Logic of Human Destiny by Robert Wright. It buoys my optimism for the future of our species, from a scientific perspective. Well thought out and well written. He has a couple of TED Talks if anyone is interested.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Brenden » 10 February 2020, 14:54

I just finished reading The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt and I'm blown away by how good it was! Highly recommend.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Magic J » 11 February 2020, 21:40

Brenden wrote:I just finished reading The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt and I'm blown away by how good it was! Highly recommend.

Read that a while back. I remember quite liking it, even though a lot of my comrades really didn't like it at all. Perhaps they thought he was being too... centrist *boo* *hiss*.

I agreed with them that one should not reduce politics entirely down to individual psychology, since politics deals with legitimate disagreements which can't be psychologised away, but it also seems beyond doubt to me that individual psychology plays a significant part in one's politics, since there are so many correlations with personality traits and such. I enjoyed it because it suggests that a lot of what we believe is essentially out of "our" control, This essential knowledge is, of course, one of the things that will, hopefully, get us to start engaging with one another is a more sensible manner, so I approve.

Also, I found a review on Amazon when I was refreshing my memory of the book: "Trash: This been was written with a number of leftist bents".

The man is quite clearly Centre-Right to Centrist. Come on people. Words actually mean things, you know. :lol:

OT: Deciding whether to read People, Power and Profits by Joseph Stiglitz, or The Pursuit of Oblivion: A Social History of Drugs, by Richard Davenport-Hines.

Stiglitz. Yet another they'd hate me reading...
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Brenden » 11 February 2020, 21:56

On Goodreads a lot of the reviews are saying it justifies authoritarianism! :lol:

I’m not a centrist, but I do often find the things that rile both leftwing and rightwing people tend to hold the most truth.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Magic J » 11 February 2020, 22:04

Brenden wrote:On Goodreads a lot of the reviews are saying it justifies authoritarianism! :lol:

I’m not a centrist, but I do often find the things that rile both leftwing and rightwing people tend to hold the most truth.

How on earth? As I say, it was a while ago I read it (on an e-reader which I no longer own, so can't refer), but I do like to think that my authoritarian detector is quite good, and I don't really remember anything glaring. :shrug:

Bad ideas should be thoroughly investigated, no matter where they came from. :P
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Severelius » 12 February 2020, 02:33

Red, White and Royal Blue.

I've read better-written books to be sure but it's cute and fun and very gay and a bit political and occasionally (quite often in fact) kinda filthy so it's just all of what I need right now considering my current mental wellbeing.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Jryski » 25 February 2020, 15:17

Just finished straight boy by Jay Bell. It’s just too cute!
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby TommyB60 » 25 February 2020, 17:35

The path to leaving the mundane and finding joy and purpose is mindfulness. Pause, breathe, reconnect with the present, and discover all over again the thrill of being alive. With 365 daily quotes, great photography, and a handy ribbon to mark your place, Daily Mindfulness invites us all to calm our minds, live in the present, and experience a fuller life. I highly recommend it.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Severelius » 25 February 2020, 19:07

Jryski wrote:Just finished straight boy by Jay Bell. It’s just too cute!

*adds to Kindle reading list*

Just started on The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue to continue getting my fill of gay romance shenanigans with added historical poshness.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Jryski » 25 February 2020, 19:23

I love cute gay stories. I listen to them while I work. :D
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Severelius » 25 February 2020, 19:47

I'm constantly on the lookout for more. Been really in the mood for gay romance stories lately.

Maybe I'm feeling more lonely than I thought I was.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Tobias » 4 March 2020, 06:01

Currently reading Out of the Attic by V.C Andrews. Part of the Dollanganger Series.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Magic J » 25 March 2020, 23:40

Just re-read Antisemitism by Julia Neuberger. I got it a while back after I kept having acquaintances immediately and with great conviction tell me that accusations of antisemitism directed at the Labour party, and Corbyn in particular, were all lies and Tory propaganda.

I won't go into my personal opinion as to whether Corbyn indulges in antisemitism, but I will say that it surprised me just how quickly a lot of people came to the Tory propaganda conclusion, seemingly without much thought. I've been active in some left wing groups, and I've personally heard blatantly antisemitic comments a few times, so I couldn't dismiss it out of hand. Not borderline or debatable stuff: the most egregious comment somebody has said to me, after I mentioned that the German state had just finished paying reparations, was "Germany should never have payed them anything. It's been exaggerated way out of proportion". You may recognise this as a coy form of Holocaust revisionism, or even a hint towards outright denial. It's not hugely uncommon in some anti-colonial discourses. I did not feel up to continuing the conversation.

Also, most of the people who made the Tory propaganda claim to me didn't seem to appreciate the nuances of the situation, and simply repeated the "criticism of Israel (or occasionally "Zionism") is not criticism of Jews" line. This is, of course, absolutely true, but as she makes evident in the book, the categories are becoming quite blurred, sometimes through carelessness, and sometimes as a cover for real Jew hating. Sometimes, it's not covered at all: witness the increasing numbers of attacks on synagogues in Europe, and marchers in the USA proclaiming "Jews will not replace us". None of which is in any way associated with the Labour party, clearly, but it should be obvious that Jews, at the very least, have reason to be concerned.

She also provides adequate examples of possibly antisemitic rhetoric from the Tory party as well. Neuberger is not a Tory with an axe to grind: starting off as a Social Democrat, then a Liberal Democrat, and is now an unaffiliated Crossbencher in the House of Lords. Neither is she particularly impressed by much of the activity of the current Israeli government.

You might not, in the end, agree on the technical aspects of what should be formally regarded as antisemitism, but it's a worthy read to gain an understanding as to why Britain's Jewish population were and are so worried about the current political climate.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Severelius » 25 March 2020, 23:50

Silver Age Flash comics because The Flash is my favourite superhero and oh my god the Silver Age of comics is so delightfully charmingly unapologetically batshit, it just makes for such good reading.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Severelius » 3 April 2020, 19:20

Just starting reading May at 10 by Anthony Seldon, a recounting of Theresa May's tenure as Prime Minister.

Because apparently I'm getting back into a shameless political mood in my isolation and figured I'd start back up with my political reading and where best to start than the most recent horrible PM that I lived through.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Jzone » 3 April 2020, 22:46

I am reading volumes of information, often somewhat contradictory, for how to get government relief for small businesses in need due to the pandemic. As an employer and landlord, this is a bit of a challenge.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Derek » 4 April 2020, 00:08

Jzone wrote:I am reading volumes of information, often somewhat contradictory, for how to get government relief for small businesses in need due to the pandemic. As an employer and landlord, this is a bit of a challenge.

Reclassify your business as a bank and ask the Fed for a trillion dollars.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Unread postby Jzone » 4 April 2020, 05:44

Derek wrote:
Jzone wrote:I am reading volumes of information, often somewhat contradictory, for how to get government relief for small businesses in need due to the pandemic. As an employer and landlord, this is a bit of a challenge.

Reclassify your business as a bank and ask the Fed for a trillion dollars.

Is this convincing enough?

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