Saturday, 22 December 2012

It must be holiday time

I always like piling up my my holiday reading ready to pack.

Isn't it fortunate I can get most of it now on Kindle. But not all...



  1. Some of the best myths and legends you can buy. Presented by Joseph Campbell, a master.

  2. Kindles/pads don't yet do it for me. I am a holder of paper. The E-format will get to me eventually I am certain.

    This year's reading list is focussed on physics primarily out of deference to the brains who operate the LHC and their detection of the Higg's Boson. This is the truly stellar event of 2012.

    The reading list includes Feynman's "Five Not So Easy Pieces" a biography of Hugh Everett 3rd, and Sagan's "Science As A Candle In The Dark." For non-fiction I have DH Lawrence's Short Stories and Lawrence Durrell's "The Dark Labyrinth." Second and third visits to these.

    Chris R.

  3. Good stuff Peter. I just got Yaron's on Kindle. Mises Anti-Capitalist Mentality free pdf is in my iTunes.

    To Anonymous,
    Google Electric Universe, Wal Thornhill for the real deal.

  4. I would like to know what you make of Fitzgerald's ??translations of the Rubaiyat.
    I first came across Khayyam at 15 years old when I was beginning to question my grandparents and my mothers Naqushbandi Sufi beliefs, which differed immensely from my fathers orthodox Sunni islamic up bringing.
    At 15 I found his works confusing, was Khayyam writing as an atheist or agnostic? A mystic muslim who enjoyed drinking a plenty? Certainly his writing is not clear as in one quatrain he is praising muhammed in another he is telling the reader to 'take the cash, and let the promise (paradise) go.' I suspect Rand would write him off -'none contradiction' is enough for me. I would like to know what you think, because I might be missing something that millions of readers are not. He is revered after all...

    S. Visser

  5. Sorry about appalling grammar; 10PM is a late one for me being up all night :-)


  6. I don't feel so bad about my grammar now:

    "The Moving Finger writes, and, having writ,
    Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
    Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
    Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it."

    He was a brilliant mathematician, musician and astronomer though I don't think poetry was his strongest point. Another polymath. He contributed to existing works on cubic equations and established that a year is 365.2...56 days long in the 11th century!
    So he had much more to him than his writings! I was wrong to judge him so harshly from just his poems.



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