Neil Gaiman on Norse Mythology

I’m looking forward to this so much. I’ve loved Norse mythology since I was small and Look and Learn magazine (or was it World of Wonder?) ran a series on the Norse gods. Neil Gaiman’s brilliantly imagined American Gods reintroduced me as, of course did the Marvel films. His book on the mythology is out in […]

The Daily Stoic

This looks interesting. From Brain Pickings, a review of a new book, The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living, by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman. Having read Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations and a little Seneca, I’ve wanted to learn more about Stoic philosophy. It feels very contemporary, very  relevant to […]

Books, as far as the eye can see…

The Norrington Room, Blackwell’s bookshop, Oxford.   “The Norrington Room is one of the largest and most famous bookselling rooms in the world.  Opened in 1966 and named after Sir Arthur Norrington, then President of Trinity College, the room extends beneath the college’s quad.”

Tsundoku – My affliction has a name

The Inky Fool, Mark Forsyth, uncovers a name for the affliction that I call my “must read shelf”.  The Japanese call it tsundoku.

The Pelican's return

Great news from the house of Penguin, via Book Mania!, Pelican Books have returned after a three decade rest. A quick trawl across my bookshelves reveals slightly yellowing Pelicans on: Psychology IQ Astronomy Einstein’s Universe the Vikings Hypnosis Scottish History Music I’m sure there are more, somewhere.      

The Pelican’s return

Great news from the house of Penguin, via Book Mania!, Pelican Books have returned after a three decade rest. A quick trawl across my bookshelves reveals slightly yellowing Pelicans on: Psychology IQ Astronomy Einstein’s Universe the Vikings Hypnosis Scottish History Music I’m sure there are more, somewhere.      

When Kurt rules the world…

… I may apply to be Minister of Libraries: More here, from Kurt at Cultural Offering.

Up at first light for the Dying of the Light @DerekLandy, @Waterstones, @BasingBooks

07:15 – Queuing outside local Waterstones bookshop so that James could try and find one of the hidden, limited editions of Derek Landy’s new, and final, Skullduggery Pleasant novel The Dying of the Light. 08:15 – Second queuee arrives. 09:15 – Success!! Found the second of only five copies in the store (from a print-run […]

U.S. Army Chief of Staff's 2014 Professional Reading List

Execupundit shares this fascinating reading list. Aside from military history (obviously), there are books on leadership, strategy and geopolitics that would we worth reading.  Right now, I can confess to having read only one of the books (Rupert Smith’s The Utility of Force), but I’ve immediately added two from the list to my Must Buy […]

U.S. Army Chief of Staff’s 2014 Professional Reading List

Execupundit shares this fascinating reading list. Aside from military history (obviously), there are books on leadership, strategy and geopolitics that would we worth reading.  Right now, I can confess to having read only one of the books (Rupert Smith’s The Utility of Force), but I’ve immediately added two from the list to my Must Buy […]

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