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About Angury

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  • Birthday 08/04/1993

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    Middlemarch by George Eliot
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    Northern Ireland/North Devon - UK
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    Psychiatry (Forensics, Cultural)
    Medical Anthropology
    Medical Humanities

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  1. I would highly recommend using this guide when choosing what to read from the Discworld series: There are several different story arcs based around certain characters. Pick a character you want to follow, and start at the beginning of their arc. I would recommend starting with Death - they are some of my favourite books by Pratchett. Once you start reading the Discworld series you'll never look back.
  2. I think where you're based does have a large impact. I am currently in a capital city surrounded by mainly university students. I very rarely come across someone reading when I walk around the city centre or take public transport. However, I am currently in the process of moving to a small little town, with the closest university roughly an hour away. I've only visited it twice so far, but each time I have been surrounded by people reading: in coffee shops, on the train, in the park etc. I do wonder if a large part of this has to do with how young (or old) you are. Most of my friends who are at university just don't read books that much anymore. And the ones who do read just wouldn't be seen doing it in public because y'know.. it's 'weird.' Maybe I have the wrong type of friends..
  3. Oh god, that sounds awful. I can't imagine getting the tube in this sort of weather with all those countless people. A few of my friends went to visit Buckingham Palace yesterday and I was just thinking of awful it must be for the Queens Guards in those massive bearskins. I guess with hot countries, they are used to hot weather and plan for it accordingly (such as aircon). Here in Britain it's just not for us. I have to walk forty minutes to get to an appointment later this afternoon and am tempted just to get a taxi. If I walk I'll probably arrive there as a piece of gloop.
  4. I've had trouble sleeping at night as well. I live on the top floor of a building with no air con and windows that don't fully open. It's actually cooler for me to go outside and sit in the shade than swelter up in my room. I like hot weather when it's the holidays, I'm lying around drinking a pint and enjoying myself. Not when there's no a/c.
  5. Also wanted to add, I just google'd this guy - thanks for the recommendation. I am always inspired by medics who have gone beyond their sphere into things like art, literature and language. According to wiki he also taught himself English and German - definitely someone I will look into.
  6. The weather in the UK is horrible at the moment. Too hot. I'm melting.
  7. I passed, but the real test will be when I start working in August with real patients. I agree. I reread my post and I think it came across as more judgemental than I meant it to be - apologies. I think this matters a lot. The way we subsconciously react to someone reading or the novel they hold in their hand tells us a lot about ourselves, our society and the culture we reside in. I don't think anyone is arguing that people openly react to someone reading a book. Certainly in Western culture where we hold personal autonomy in such high stead, a vocal reaction is frowned upon (contrast this to somewhere like India where I have had personal experience of people commenting on what I am reading right next to me!). I think the discussion to be had is how we subconsciously react to others reading in public - and I believe we all react in some way, based on our own opinions of the novel, or of reading, or of someone reading in public. It is these internal reactions that make humanity so interesting - if this were a discussion about only our external reactions, I think this discussion would dry up pretty quickly. I concur.
  8. From what I have read in David James post, he didn't say anything about people making the 'same assumption' about people, simply that everyone makes a judgement. Perhaps we interpreted it differently, but using an example of serial killers is similar to mine of Paedophilias - i.e. that they tend to illicit strong emotions in people: To use another example, I was travelling to an exam in London a few weeks ago and was reading a heavy tome about medicine. I am sure many people who saw me reading it who had no experience of healthcare would just make an assumption that I worked in that area, while someone who was perhaps familiar with that text (say, another healthcare professional) may have made a different judgement about me. The point is, a judgement is still being made. Again, in David James's post he specifically says: Hence, surely Brady is specifically a good example in this context as it is recent and therefore in the public's mind compared to say The Yorkshire Killer. I think it's important to appreciate that this type of thought process goes beyond literature - it wasn't a comment specifically at you, apologies if it came across that way!
  9. Do you believe that there are people out there who do not make any sort of judgement about another person? I'm sorry, but the fact that we are human and live in a society with other human beings means that judgements will always be made about us and we will make judgements about others. We are not perfect, and nor should we be. We make judgements on other people based on their clothing, their skin colour (yes, this is difficult to swallow, but even subconsciously many of us do - and I will be the first to raise my hand and admit it), their job, their car, their house and so on. The types of books we read in public simply add another layer to this exterior we show to the world. Why else would we choose to buy a Porsche instead of a Toyota, or wear a dress from Dolce & Gabbana instead of Topshop? As human beings we make judgements on others based on our own experiences and what we have learnt from others. We view the world through categories - it's how our brain is able to condense all the information around us into understandable chunks. We put people into boxes and make assumptions about them, whether we want to or not. No matter how open-minded you think you may be, whatever background you come from, whatever social class, however educated or however diverse your life experience, you will do this. This is not just my own opinion - it has been well documented in countless psychologica research studies. A judgement about another person does not have to be vocal. Most of the judgements we make about other people are subconscious - we may behave differently towards other people, change the tone of our voice, our body language or our facial expressions. Most of the time we aren't even aware of it. The people I would be most cynical about would be those who claim to be so open-minded that they make no judgements about anyone based on anything. Is there such a thing as being so open-minded that your own brain falls out? Applying this to literature, there will always be certain books that will be at the top of the 'hierarchy' (e.g. Leo Tolstoy, Marcel Proust) and those that are at the bottom (Fifty Shades of Grey). And the types of books we choose to read in public will lead to some sort of judgement from others depending on the position they take upon this hierarchy. True, not everyone will make the same judgement on the same book. It does, as I have said, depend upon our own personal experiences, including whether we have read the book ourselves or simply heard of it on the news or on the reading list for Oxford University. But we are all judgemental to some degree, and certain books will illicit a stronger reaction than others for most people. Just as an example, a few years back I was reading this book: I am sure this book would have turned heads in any public setting. And the opinions of others about me based on this book would be even more different if I had been say, a man in his late fifties rather than a young female. It's not right, and it certainly isn't fair, but it does happen. What is important (imo) is to be aware that we are all susceptible to such thought processes and to acknowledge when they occur. Covering our ears and pretending to be societies' version of politically correct will be helpful to no one. It is important to have this discussion because it teaches us so much about ourselves, including where these prejudices came from and how they impact the way we interact with others. Even on this forum I am sure people have made assumptions about me based on my avatar and signature, the way I structure my sentences, my vocabulary and my ideals. Because Brady has been all over the news recently due to his recent death, and he can stimulate some intense emotions amongst the general public due to the words that have been used to describe him by the media ('monster', 'evil').
  10. I will admit that I do not have the self-confidence to not care what people think about what I am reading. In the same way that I dress well when I leave my house, I make a decision whether to bring a paper copy or kindle version of my book. As another example, would you judge someone reading the Daily Mail? I think all of us are judgmental to some extent, and do care what other people think of us, even if it's not the book we read in public. I think it is reasonable to assume that some people will form opinions on what you are reading (if they have heard of the book). It is only natural to jump to a conclusion based on our own experiences - I used the example of someone reading The God Delusion earlier.
  11. ^ My reading diary. But basically they can be broken down into: Fiction (trying to focus on the classics at the moment) Philosophy Psychology Medical Humanities Medical Anthropology What about yourself? I was on the train the other day and someone was reading a short novel opposite me. I couldn't see the title but could tell by the colours that it was a Penguin Classic. That certainly piqued my interest and I spent the rest of the train journey trying to discreetly read the title. So I think it doesn't even have to be about the title of the book, but just its appearance. To be honest, if I see someone reading a Politics book, I assume they either study politics or work in politics. I wouldn't assume that the book they are reading reflects their views, as my (limited) experience is that people don't generally read political books otherwise. Bare in mind that most of my friends are university students, so obviously this is from my very limited perspective. I would be more likely to gauge someones political stance by their social media posts for example. I think The God Delusion (or something similar by one of the well-known atheists) is a good example of a book where I would probably make an unconscious and prejudiced (negative) assumption about the reader. Not because I disagree with any of the work, but because my experience of people who are fans of such books is that they can be very vocal about their views and close-minded about anyone who disagrees with them (ooh, controversial).
  12. I do think that people will judge you based on the book you are reading - and even if they have never heard of the title, they will merely judge you on how big the book looks. I have had personal experience of this when reading in restaurants/public transport/cafes etc. It's interesting to note that I've noticed people give an occasional glance even when I am reading my kindle (and I have to admit I have done the same to other people) because I rarely see people reading in public anymore. The positive thing is that people will come up to you and start chatting about the book you are reading or just make a passing comment, so you can meet people with similar interests just by reading in public. Generally, I think reading in public, no matter what you are reading, will give off a certain (positive) air compared to scrolling through your iPhone which is the norm. I think Politics is such a polarising subject that many people probably would jump to certain conclusions (and depending on their own beliefs, form very positive or negative views based on that) if you were to read those types of books. Not so much with Karl Marx because his work is pretty much a cornerstone of many university reading lists now, but particularly with more recent politicians and their autobiographies etc. I'd compare it with someone reading a magazine - if you see someone reading the Writers Now magazine you would assume that they have an interest in writing. Likewise, I think if you see someone reading a political book geared at a certain party, you will make similar assumptions. I think reading a political book in public would give off a different vibe compared to any other book you may read, because everyone has their own beliefs regardless of their interest in politics itself, and it can illicit a lot of strong emotions.
  13. Out of interest, which fantasy books have you had difficulty with? I've never really associated fantasy with extreme violence for some reason.
  14. How do you measure quality writing? I've often wondered what makes famous books so popular, and I think a large part of it comes down to how current society perceives that book and how ground-shattering (and indeed acceptable) the book is in terms of its ideas and writing style for that time period. I think these prizes are very specific to time and place rather than any objective measurement of 'good writing.' Instead, I think it is a measure of how these books illustrate the shifts in thinking - after all, the judges who choose the winner are also products of that society. As a thinking point, would the recent Booker Prize have won the same prize ten years ago?
  15. I thought that episode last night was the best so far. Was hooked to the TV screen from beginning to end. Especially loved