Archive for December 2016

Recommended Resolutions

Dec 30th, 2016 | By

As 2016 comes to a close and 2017 looms large, times are strange. Climate disaster and climate change denial, fracking and conflict, and the sheer insanity of the post-truth era. What kind of resolutions can anyone make in such an uneasy context? Whatever else you do or don’t decide, please resolve not to give up

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The Vagabond Spirit of Poetry

Dec 27th, 2016 | By

Edward Clarke teaches English literature at Oxford. His book, The Vagabond Spirit of Poetry invites you to spend some time with the wisest poets of our age and the past to discover your spiritual potential. The book ranges widely, taking in thinkers and poets from around the world. 1. Wordsworth’s Survival on Earth Spots of

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Non-fiction writing tips

Dec 25th, 2016 | By

Want to write a non-fiction book? You’ve got a vision for the future! You know how to save the world! You’ve got a program for international governments to implement, and you’ve written a book about it. Now ask yourself why a normal person in a bookshop is going to want to read this. The vast

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New reviews for Mental Penguins

Dec 23rd, 2016 | By

Professor Ivelin Sardamov’s book Mental Penguins: The Neverending Education Crisis and the False Promise of the Information Аge comes out in May next year but is already getting a good deal of attention from reviewers. “A fabulous integration of the personal narrative and academic form, with a readable, understandable call to alarm for anybody willing to listen.” Dr.

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Non-fiction writing tips

Dec 18th, 2016 | By

Want to write a non-fiction book? Then it’s vital to be a reader! Every non-fiction genre has its conventions. What it takes to write an attention grabbing history book is not what it takes to write a great book on self-help. The more you know about the area you want to write in, the better.

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Incompatible Ballerina and Other Essays

Dec 16th, 2016 | By

Incompatible Ballerina, published by Iff Books, offers the reader an ontological and epistemological framework and foundation for the psychological symptom ‘neurosis’. So, what are the other essays? Here’s a little peek inside. Forewords: Neurotic Ontology by Graham Freestone Ballet as Sleeping Beauty by Kirsten Wilkinson Preface: A Philosophy of Neurosis/Four Fireworks Humiliation, Idealism or What

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Other Than Mother – a new review

Dec 13th, 2016 | By

Other Than Mother – Choosing Childlessness with Life in Mind – by Kamalamani is a book about the powerful implications of  voluntary or intentional childlessness. “I found this book a useful guide to life in general, of living together with all sentient beings, including the Earth herself, in harmony and compassion, helping to create a fairer

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Non-fiction writing tips

Dec 11th, 2016 | By

Want to write a non-fiction book? Why not start a blog? Lots of people have ideas for books, but that’s not the same as having the means to deliver a great book on that subject. Writing a blog gives you time to develop your ideas and improve your writing skills. While you’re writing a blog,

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New for December – Rise Up – With Wings Like Eagles

Dec 9th, 2016 | By

In the introduction to Rise Up – With Wings Like Eagles, author Chris Sunderland says the following: “Science came easily to me. The adventure of looking down a microscope each day and seeing things that no one had ever seen before was intoxicating. But it was such a small world. There were a few of

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Small Change, Big Deal, new review

Dec 6th, 2016 | By

“In this short and engrossing book, Small change big deal, Jennifer Kavanagh explores some of the major themes in recent spiritually- and ethically-based thinking about the problematic nature of our current financial systems. She does this through writing about a very specific area: the microcredit schemes developed by Mohammed Yunus (Grameen Bank), and her own

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