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Bookworm 2013: Reality Check

Well, it almost took a full year. I started reading Douglas R. Hofstadter’s Goedel, Escher, Bach in late July 2012, and finally brought it to an end in late March 2013. In the meantime, I’ve nibbled at it, took it slow, worked through some of the proofs and puzzles, took some short breaks, then took some […]

Intellectual Parasitism

[flickr]photo:6721977933[/flickr] The rallying cry, as far as there was one on this feel-good protest day against SOPA and PIPA seems to be “end piracy, not liberty”. I am aware that for some, it is highly impractical to outright support piracy, especially since many still believe there is a non-constructed, deeper moral right in content creators […]

Bookworm: Quirky Singletons

[flickr]photo:6606477865[/flickr]The selection of highly recommended stand-alone novels and non-research non-fiction that made me go “wow” this year boils down to a measly six books. I blame the people in the previous post for being so awesome, which is most certainly not to say that these fellows below are not. Although diversity is now mindlessly accepted […]

Bookworm: Grand Series

[flickr]photo:6601422977[/flickr] This is them. The motherfuckers who made me feel like I’ve only read a handful of books this year, despite their collective page count of roughly 5000. No matter how many different tomes you read from a single dude or gal, once you’ve spent two months with their work, it all feels like one […]

Bookworm: Midlist to Bottom

[flickr]photo:6593357233[/flickr] My awesome fucking car and lack of proper job are making me stupid. I remember a time when a book per week was the minimum.  Time for reading was distributed across three distinct slots: before sleep,  on the shitter and in public transport on the way to and from work, with the latter being […]

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