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Recently acquired There were three books I positively wanted in the campus Blackwells' 3 for 2 offer, so my physical to-read pile has grown by:
  • How to be both, by Ali Smith. I like Ali Smith a lot, especially Girl meets boy, which has really stuck with me. And this one is getting a lot of buzz and seemed like something I'd be excited about
  • Being mortal by Atul Gawande. Gawande is a really amazing writer on medical topics, and death is an important one, and I feel reading his non-fiction will help me get better at training future doctors.
  • Fields of blood, by Karen Armstrong. I mean, I'm a huge huge fan of Armstrong and I'm basically interested in reading her shopping list, and the subject of religion and violence seems particularly acute right now.

Recently read
  • Not actually recent, but I was reminded that ages ago I meant to link to this article about historical changes in the nature of phone calls, by Ian Bogost. It's better on the history of the tech and hardware than on the social history, but it does include some of the second. And my Dad worked for a telecommunications company for many years so I was already a bit interested in technological solutions to maximizing sound quality for voice calls with really very limited bandwidth.
  • And this is more images than words, but it's a fascinating summary of How Richard Scarry updated his children’s book.

Currently reading Still The Dervish House by Ian McDonald. I don't have much new to say about it, it's one of those books that I enjoy a lot while I'm reading it but don't have much urge to pick up again when I'm not.

Up next Not sure. The next item on my Bringing up Burns challenge list is a book at the bottom of your "to be read" pile, and my TBR pile doesn't actually have a physical instantiation, it's scattered between my two households and some mental notes about what I have my eye one that I should probably write down.

Likely the draft of my junior student's first year report at some point in the next couple of weeks, plus an ongoing pile of undergrad coursework that I'm probably going to be marking through about January.

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Date: 2015-11-18 01:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ambyr
Being Mortal has been on my to-read list for a while. I look forward to your thoughts!

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Date: 2015-11-18 05:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] seekingferret
Can you rec something by Karen Armstrong you think I might like? Because I keep getting recced her work and then I keep angry-bouncing off anything she writes about Judaism ever.

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Date: 2015-11-19 04:17 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fandrogyne
I've had a copy of The Dervish House for ages, and I tried to read it once but I just don't think it was for me. The story seemed interesting enough, but something about the writing style put me off.

That was years ago, though, and my taste in reading has evolved some since then, so maybe I ought to give it another chance.

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Date: 2015-11-19 06:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] solitarywalker
i've never read anything else of his, but Being Mortal was good; it dealt very accessibly with a difficult topic.

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