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  1. Novels That Shaped Our World

    Has anyone watched the BBC series? Tempted to give it a go, they cover some very broad themes about writers and fiction.
  2. Fantastic book, glad you enjoyed it. I am just about to start reading The Topeka School by Ben Lerner. I came across an article by Lerner in the New Yorker today and after some googling came across some interesting reviews of the book so thought I'd give it a go.
  3. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant

    Yes I did and it was worth it. It took me a while because I read it alongside some online lectures & had to do some wider reading to understand some of the concepts but I really enjoyed it. It stimulated my interest in Metaphysics and has encouraged me to think of things in a different way. Are you thinking of giving it a go?
  4. I am very interested in self-studying Philosophy, and have read a number of general overviews about the subject including Bertrand Russell's A History of Western Philosophy. I recently undertook an online course on Modernism and Post-Modernism on the website Coursera, and have since become rather interested by Kant's work. I have since watched several videos on Youtube regarding his work, Critique of Pure Reason, and am just about to finish a course on iTunes U which summarises the work. My plan is to read his initial work, Prolegomena before delving head first into Critique of Pure Reason. Anyhow, my question is - as a beginner, would Critique of Pure Reason go completely over my head? I have made a list of vocabulary that Kant uses and have made some notes based on the summaries I have read of the work so far. I plan to read through the work very slowly, making copious amounts of notes on the way. However, I have heard several people say that Kant's work, particularly Critique of Pure Reason, is a very difficult undertaking, and would be beyond the level of a beginner. Has anyone read Critique of Pure Reason? What were your thoughts on it? Do you think I would need to have a bit more of a background before delving into this work? From the summaries I have read so far, I find the ideas within this work to be incredibly thought-provoking, which is why I want to give it a try. However, I am worried that the work might go way above my head. If I do need more of a background first, what philosophers and their works would you recommend I try first? Thanks for the help.
  5. Angury's Reading & Writing Log 2019 Hola everyone. Welcome to my Reading & Writing Log for this year.As a reader I enjoy a variety of genres but you’ll find that my to-read list falls into three broad categories: Fiction, Medicine/Anthropology and Philosophy.My to-read list isn’t a list of every single book I want to read (which is several pages long) but just a list of books that are on my radar for the upcoming months. I also aim to post a review for every book I read this year. I invite you to offer your own thoughts on these novels or even suggest something new - my aim is to enter into stimulating discussions and look at the novels I read in a whole different light - your ideas are very much welcomed! I am also in the process of writing two 'novels,' more as a hobby than anything else. The Writing Log is an attempt to make me accountable and hopefully enjoy the process as well. Currently reading: Books Read in 2019January Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett (5/5) Writing at the Margin: Discourse between Anthropology and Medicine by Arthur Kleinman (4/5) The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (4/5) Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie (3/5) Milkman by Anna Burns (4/5) February Adam Bede by George Eliot (3/5) Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introduction by A.C. Grayling (4/5) A Very Short Introduction to Barthes by Jonathan Culler (4/5) Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Wittgenstein and the Tractatus by Michael Morris (3/5) Tractatus by Ludwig Wittgenstein (2/5) The Routledge Guidebook to Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations by Marie McGinn (5/5) Philosophical Investigations by Ludwig Wittgenstein (4/5) Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction by Samir Okasha (5/5) March Sum: Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman (5/5) Selected Stories by Anton Chekhov (3/5) Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (5/5) The Color Purple by Alice Walker (2/5) Madame Zero by Sarah Hall (3/5) Collected Stories by Lydia Davis (4/5) Show Them A Good Time by Nicole Flattery (3/5) April Millionaire Teacher by Andrew Hallam (4/5) A History of Capitalism according to the Jubillee Line by John O'Farrell (5/5) Dignity, Mental Health and Human Rights by Brendan Kelly (2/5) May Critical Thinking in Clinical Practice by Eileen Gambrill (4/5) Becoming by Michelle Obama (4/5) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (3/5) The Razor’s Edge by W Somerset Maugham (3/5) Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin (4/5) June Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin (4/5) Show Your Work by Austin Kleon (4/5) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (4/5) Einsteins Dreams by Alan Lightman (2/5) Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed (3/5) July The Overstory by Richard Powers (4/5) Introduction to Psychotherapy by Anthony Bateman (3/5) August Orfeo by Richard Powers (4/5) The Echomaker by Richard Powers (4/5) September Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (2/5) October Sims Symptoms in the Mind by Femi Oyebode (4/5) November Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellman (3/5) Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race by Reni Eddo-Lodge (3/5) December Psychiatric Interviewing and Assessment by Robert Poole and Robert Higgo (5/5) Twas the Night before Christmas by Adam Kay (4/5)
  6. Angury's Reading & Writing Log 2019

    It is an easy book to read - which I know isn't often true of stream-of-consciousness novels. You're right that you can lose focus at times but the novel is interspersed with a parallel story of a lioness which reads more like a 'normal' story and helps break it up a bit. It's also easy to get caught up in the story despite the lack of punctuation so I don't think that would stop you. The main obstacle imo is continuing with such a long book when there isn't really much of a plot (but again, this is where the story of the lioness helps). It was an enjoyable read through and worth it. I'd recommend giving it a go.
  7. Angury's Reading & Writing Log 2019

    I've just finished reading two books one after the other. The first is Ducks, Newbury Port by Lucy Ellman which is a one thousand-page book consisting of about six sentences. It's written as a stream-of-consciousness from the perspective of an American mother & wife living in present-day America. It is a clever insight into today's world and how our otherwise mundane thoughts reflect the society that we live in (the media-obsession, the changes in politics, relationship worries, fears of violence etc). The second book is 'Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race' by Reni Eddo-Lodge. A short book with an emotive title that stemmed from Reni's blog post she wrote a number of years before (with the same title) that resulted in a wider conversation on race and 'white privilege.' I initially chose this book after I moved jobs and noticed the disparity in income, class and its links with race and wanted to read more into it. This book made me realise just how ignorant I have been of Britains past in terms of race. When I hear about race issues in the news it is rarely about the UK - it just doesn't seem to be in the media as much as in other countries. This book was an excellent start to educate myself on these issues and how the issues of race are more than just individual - they are part of the wider system in which we all live in. Definitely a topic I want to read about further. For now though I'm not sure if I should start reading something fictional or non-fiction. I'm not too bothered about what I read next so I may just randomly pick a book off my TBR shelf and see where that takes me..
  8. Your Book Activity - November 2019

    Ooh, no I didn't - just had a google and couldn't find anything. Would be interesting to read if you still have the link.
  9. Your Book Activity - November 2019

    Ah, don't let me change your decision. I've always struggled with Tolkien so for me The Silmarillion is a difficult (and dry) book to read. But I know plenty of people who really enjoyed it - if you're a fan of Tolkien you should give it a go. (And then tell me afterwards that I was right.. )
  10. Your Book Activity - November 2019

    Sounds like you guys are reading some interesting books (apart from The Silmarillion ). I'm about half way through Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellman. I've received several comments on how big the book is but it's actually very easy to read. Would recommend.
  11. Your Book Activity - October 2019

    I'm about half way through Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellman. It was shortlisted for the Booker Prize this year and I'm really enjoying it. I've never read anything like it. It's basically 1000 pages made up of about 4 sentences.
  12. Autumn 2019 Supporter Giveaway

    Well done Chrissy! Also I can't believe it's already been a year since you took over Hayley. I can't imagine the amount of time and effort that must go into this forum - thank you for your dedication. This is one of the few forums I check up on regularly. The people are always so engaging to talk to and I always feel like I'm learning something new about the world of literature.
  13. Going Paperless

    Once again I am getting ready to move house; the third time in two years. Having packed and re-packed the same things, finding random pieces of paper under my bed and unopened notebooks lying in the corners, I've decided to [try and] go paperless. I recently bought the Notability app for my iPad and this started off my journey. I am now able to scan documents using just my phone or iPad, edit them online which includes writing on them with my Apple Pencil () and store everything that is important in my life on Google Drive where I know they won't become lost. Even better, I can take them with me everywhere just by carrying my phone. I started by scanning all my important documents on to Google Drive. Some of these are documents I need a paper copy of anyway but I'd rather have both. I then changed all my magazine subscriptions to online-only, and my bills to paperless (which most of them are anyway). I am currently studying a part-time LLM in Mental Health Law so I now upload all the books I need as eBooks - which again I can edit using my Apple Pencil (). I read all my lectures online and save them on my Google Drive. I've started reading almost all my books on my Kindle although do prefer to keep paper copies of my favourites as I like having a pretty bookshelf. Finally, I've turned to Google Calendar for my everyday life and this fantastic app called Notion for basically everything else; to-do list, recipes, finances, inspiration, books to-read etc. And now I feel so light. I never realise how many unread magazines and notebooks I have until I start to pack, but I hope this will help to keep all that hoarding at bay. I've also found it so, so much easier to keep everything online. Anyway, I wanted to hear other people's experiences. Are you guys paperless? Half and half? How do you organise your lives - diaries, calendars.. nothing?
  14. Angury's Reading & Writing Log 2019

    No thoughts? Overwhelmed that such a scheme can exist and prisoners can be treated like human beings? I finished reading Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. This book has been on my TBR list for years. I was walking through Waterstones with a friend a few weeks ago and kept coming across this book. We both agreed it was a book we were interested in reading yet never got round to.. and I thought, I'm going to go home and read this book right now! Little did I know that it would be take me a long while to finish it.. To be honest I am a bit surprised at how popular this book is because it's a tough read. Kahneman explains concepts well and links them to everyday life in a way that you can use the knowledge after you've finished the chapter, but it is pretty dense. You're not reading a story or any sort of plot. - you're reading about studies and how Kahneman was able to learn and grow from these. It is definitely an interesting book and one that you can learn a lot from. I am glad that I read it but I would be hesitant to recommend it to everyone because I know a lot of people would give up quite easily (including myself if I had read this last year instead of now). I am now just about to start reading Ducks, Newburysport by Lucy Ellmann which has been shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize. Out of all the books on the list, this is the one that I've read the most fascinating reviews about - it sounds unique. It is also over 1000 pages long. But I will keep this thread updated with my thoughts (alongside my writing goals) as I make my way through it. Would be interested in hearing if anyone has read/planning to read any of the other shortlisted books for the prize. I have my eye on quite a few..
  15. https://thebookerprizes.com/news/2019-shortlist-has-been-announced The 2019 shortlist is: Margaret Atwood - The Testaments Lucy Ellmann - Ducks, Newburyport Bernardine Evaristo - Girl, Woman, Other Chigozie Obioma - An Orchestra of Minorities Salman Rushdie - Quichotte Elif Shafak - 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World Has anyone read any of the books or planning to? I’ve heard Atwoods ‘The Testaments’ hasn’t even been released yet so the reviewers must have really loved it. Ive also heard some very interesting things about ‘Ducks, Newburyport’ - mainly that it’s one of the oddest yet brilliant books that many people have read. I have subsequently bought it online and am excited to see what the fuss is all about. I find the Booker Prize quite helpful as I am trying to discover more contemporary authors and different styles of writing. Some of my favourite authors were found through the Booker Prize.
  16. Your Book Activity - August 2019

    Last day of August. I'm currently 2/3 of the way through Thinking Fast and Slow/ by Daniel Kahneman. It's a popular book and very insightful but quite heavy. I can only read one chapter at a time.
  17. Angury's Reading & Writing Log 2019

    Thanks both - it's always nice to receive feedback on writing. I am moving to London this August and really hope to join a writing group. The more I write the more I realise how important it is to share your ideas and writing pieces. I finished a book called An Introduction to Psychotherapy by Anthony Batemen two days ago. It's a well-known book to both psychiatry & psychology trainees. It's written in simple language (which can be difficult to do in this area!) and gives a good historical basis to psychotherapy and how it is relevant to the modern day. I am starting my psychiatry training in August so wanted to have a basic idea of psychotherapy and how my communication with my patients can be used in the best way possible. I am now just about to start reading Orfeo by Richard Powers after falling in love with his recent novel, The Overstory which won the 2019 Man Booker Prize. I'm also aiming to write a short reflective piece (possibly creative) based on a 'taster week' I did last week where I shadowed psychiatrists working in a prison, custody and in a forensics unit. It was a very thought-provoking experience and really made me question the types of prejudices that I have about the criminal justice system and criminals in general. Speaking of which, I would love to hear everyone's thoughts on this recent BBC Article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-48885846
  18. Toy story 4

    Just saw it today. Loved the movie - better than Toy Story 3 in my opinion. Also was not expecting the ending. Some great humour and cute new characters. They've also done really well in keeping the old characters consistent throughout the franchise. I think you'll have a good time watching it.
  19. Angury's Reading & Writing Log 2019

    I found it very helpful actually. It took me about an hour to read, is written in a very simple style and offers examples to give you an idea of how to put the authors ideas into practice. I was very much in a rut when I started reading that book and it was exactly what I needed to get me started again. I think self-help books can be useful if you know what you're looking for and can put things into practice. I find it's very easy to sit and scroll through motivation posters without actually getting on and doing anything. Anyway, I'm quite surprised at the amount of books I've managed to read so far this year. I've been trying to make a habit of reading just before I go to bed and it seems to have helped. I am currently reading The overstory by Richard Powers. Not sure if you guys recognise the author but he is new to me and made me realise how many fantastic writers there are out there whose works have received multiple awards but are still not known to the general public. Richard Powers has indeed won multiple awards for his books and it seems he deserves them whole heartedly. I really like his writing style; it is imaginative and detailed without being too thorough. I am half way through The Overstory and have already bought two more of his books to read next: The Echo Maker and Orfeo. My writing is also picking up, thanks in part to Kleo's self-help book. I had quite an intense night shift last week and had to deal with a couple of dying patients. One of them really stayed with me so I decided to do a bit of creative writing practice: https://www.angury.co.uk/the-night-shift/ I am also currently writing an essay for an Essay Competition on the theme of Sexuality. I have decided to write mine on Paedophilia. I've only just gotten an idea of its structure so will spend the next few weeks (hopefully) writing. The deadline isn't until August though so I should be fine. Also, we have finally started to have some nice weather here in Devon - here comes the summer!
  20. Going Paperless

    Interesting replies. Do you guys read back on the things you have written in your notebooks? I found that my notebooks just stacked up in my room and were never read again. Whereas if I uploaded a document on my google drive with ideas for writing, I was more likely to check it on a regular basis.
  21. Black Mirror

    Has anyone seen the new season yet? I haven't had time unfortunately but very excited to finally sit down and binge watch.
  22. Black Mirror

    Black Mirror is a British TV series that examines the impact of technology on modern society. It is very dark and satirical, and every episode leaves you with a horrible feeling at the bottom of your stomach. Some of the episodes are not that far fetched, and that's what makes it so scary. The acting is fantastic, and the stories really grab you and hold you to your seat. The episodes have received critical acclaim which is why I decided to give them a go (I very rarely watch TV) and I cannot get the series out of my mind. The next series is beginning in October this year, and I just wanted to start this thread to see if there were any other fans waiting for the new episode to premier. I also find it interesting that Charlie Brooker (who created the show) chose the name Black Mirror as it describes how technology looks when we turn it off - TVs, iPhones, iPads, laptops etc. We are all really just staring into black mirrors. "If technology is a drug – and it does feel like a drug – then what, precisely, are the side effects? This area – between delight and discomfort – is where Black Mirror, my new drama series, is set. The 'black mirror' of the title is the one you'll find on every wall, on every desk, in the palm of every hand: the cold, shiny screen of a TV, a monitor, a smartphone." - Charlie Brooker https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2011/dec/01/charlie-brooker-dark-side-gadget-addiction-black-mirror
  23. Joanna Cannon has been popping up quite a lot on my social media recently. Would you recommend her novels? What is she like as a writer?
  24. Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy Milkman. Interestingly I find stream of consciousness novels difficult to get on with as well but loved Milkman. What did you think of the overall plot and how the story dealt with The Troubles?