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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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I was spellbound by this journey into what lies in the dark: in caves, mines, underground water & petroleum resources, hollow spaces quarried out under cities & made into catacombs, the depths of glaciers. Macfarlane goes to dangerous places that I only want to experience vicariously and he writes about it all so exquisitely. “A charm of goldfinches flitters away, the birds‘ high song glittering around us.” Nature writing at its finest.

MrBook Great review! 12h
Lindy @MrBook 😘 11h
AppuNthebooks Sounds fabulous! Adding to my TBR 11h
Lindy @AppuNthebooks 👍😊😇 11h
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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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Everywhere are the emerald leaves of the tiny dwarf willow. We have pitched our tent on top of a forest, I realize. We are canopy dwellers.

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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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When Chauvet Cave was found in 1994, “it contained the greatest gallery of prehistoric art ever discovered.” “Some paint palettes used to make the work more than 30,000 years previously were still on the cave floor, abandoned beneath the paintings they had helped create. The tapers used to light the chamber had been dropped where they were held, their black ash spilling across the limestone.”

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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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Macfarlane writes about a drilling rig that punctured a natural gas cavern & crashed through the desert floor in 1971. The poisonous gas fumes were ignited then & are still burning today. I had read about this earlier in Atlas Obscura because it‘s become a tourist attraction.

VioletBramble Centralia, Pennsylvania has been on fire since 1962. It's a coal mine fire that they can't extinguish.
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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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In Oregon […] there exists a honey fungus, Armillaria solidipes, that is 2 1/2 miles in extent at its widest point & covers a total lateral area of 4 sq miles. The blue whale is to this honey fungus as an ant is to us. The best guess that the US Forest Service scientists have been able to offer for the honey fungus‘s age is between 1,900 & 8,650 years old.

Lcsmcat 😯 12h
Owlizabeth That was mind blowing!! 10h
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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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Fungi & lichen annihilate our categories of gender. They reshape our ideas of community & cooperation. They screw up our hereditary model of evolutionary descent. They utterly liquidate our notions of time. Lichens can crumble rocks into dust with terrifying acids. Fungi can exude massively powerful enzymes outside their bodies that dissolve soil. They‘re the biggest organisms in the world & among the oldest. They‘re world-makers & world-breakers.

Lindy (Macfarlane is quoting mycologist Mervin Sheldrake in the passage above.) 13h
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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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Cosmic ray muons are noise. If you wish to listen for sounds so faint they may not exist at all, you can‘t have someone playing the drums in your ear. To hear the breath of the birth of the universe, you must come below ground to what are, experimentally speaking, among the quietest places in the universe.

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Wagers | Sean Michaels
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My #audiobook hold came in at the same as the print edition, making it easy to note passages like: “The sun was raying all around.” A thoughtful, dreamy story set in Montreal—a grocery store, a comedy club, a betting track, riding bicycle through rainy nights—and combining fantastical elements with realistically developed characters. It‘s also a Robin Hood-type crime caper with action that spans the globe & plumbs the human heart. #CanadianAuthor

Lindy Note: the author does an excellent job of narrating his own audiobook, with perfect “hmm”s where called for in the text. (edited) 18h
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It‘s a first for me: catching up on Gastropod podcast episodes and I already happen to be reading the book of an author they are interviewing. Usually it‘s the other way around: I pick up a book after hearing Cynthia and Nicola talk about it.

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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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The Knud Rasmussen glacier is a body of ice so great that it makes its own weather. The glacier is invisible the afternoon we arrive, concealed by a bank of fog that runs the full span of the fjord, a mile or so wide but only a few hundred yards high. Above the fog is blue sky, below it is blue water, and behind it is blue ice.
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Aimeesue Reading this now - so fabulous! 2d
Lindy @Aimeesue I‘ve just now finished it. The first thing I did was a big sigh of contentment. Loved it. 2d
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Wagers | Sean Michaels
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To certain observers, Theo might have appeared bored, but he wasn‘t bored, exactly. Boredom requires a degree of self-knowledge. It is not enough that an activity be tedious (i.e. without momentum) or aimless (i.e. without direction): for it to be boring the doer must recognize he is being dulled. Theo was too restless for that.

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Wagers | Sean Michaels
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A passage in the tagged novel could just as easily come from Gladwell‘s Talking to Strangers: “Sometimes it is easier to trust someone than to doubt them, a kind of gift you give yourself.”

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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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The description in the tagged book of David Nash‘s living art installation “Ash Dome” sent me down an Internet rabbit hole. Photo source: https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2016/05/ash-dome-david-dash/

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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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The Anthropocene compels us to think forwards in deep time, and to weigh what we will leave behind, as the landscapes we are making now will sink into strata, becoming underlands. What is the history of things to come? What will be our future fossils? […] The Anthropocene asks of us the question memorably posed by the immunologist Jonas Salk: ‘Are we being good ancestors?‘

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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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We find speaking of the Anthropocene difficult. It is, perhaps, best imagined as an epoch of loss—of species, places and people—for which we are seeking a language of grief and, even harder to find, a language of hope.

(Internet image: https://anthropocenejournal.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/fossils-from-the-anthropoce...)

merelybookish I just finished this book last week. So many great passages! 2d
Lindy @merelybookish I keep stopping to reread and enjoy passages but now I have to step up the pace so that I can get it returned to the library in time. 😬 2d
merelybookish @Lindy I understand! I listened to it as well (on normal speed) and thought how I'd like to get a hard copy to revisit some sections. There's a lot to take in! 2d
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Lizpixie He‘s fantastic isn‘t he? I have this one plus Holloway & The Old Ways. I really want his The Lost Words & his new one Ness. 2d
Lindy @merelybookish 👍 If I was listening to this in audio, I can tell that it‘s one for normal speed, not my usual 1.25. 2d
Lindy @Lizpixie I hadn‘t heard about Ness. I just looked it up and it sounds wonderful! Lost Words is a treat for all ages. I loved The Old Ways and 2d
Lizpixie You should read Holloway. It reads like a love letter to old England. It‘s beautifully written. 2d
Lindy @Lizpixie I believe you. Everything he writes is beautiful. ❤️ 2d
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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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Neil brakes the van to a halt in a swirl of dust, jumps out, cracks a fat flake of potash off the tunnel wall and hands it to me. It is pink as meat and flecked with silver mica. It is surprisingly light, almost buoyant in the hand.
‘Lick it,‘ says Neil. It fizzes on my tongue. It tastes of metal and blood. I want to eat it all.

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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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From the 1800s the quarry voids were put to a new use as mushroom fields: damp and dark, they provided the perfect growing spaces for fungi, which sprouted from rows of horse manure. Adaptable quarrymen made a career move into mushroom farming, and a subterranean Horticultural Society of Paris was founded, its first president being a former inspector of the mines.

readordierachel Mushrooms can be so beautiful 🍄 3d
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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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We are part mineral beings too—our teeth are reefs, our bones are stones—and there is a geology of the body as well as of the land. It is mineralization—the ability to convert calcium into bone—that allows us to walk upright, to be vertebrate, to fashion the skulls that shield our brains.

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The recipes are not strictly #vegetarian, but I don‘t mind substituting vegetable umami whenever small fish are called for in this entertaining (sometimes to the point of silliness) #cookbook. I appreciate the fact that there are no pasta dishes & no put-an-egg-on-it or grain bowls. Except for the miso butterscotch, everything I tried was a hit, especially the ABC Squash shmoo. Key ingredient: hing, which has been ignored too long in my cupboard.

Cathythoughts Brilliant decorating ⛷love it 3d
AmyG I need to do this for my husband‘s bday. He is an avid skier. 3d
Lindy @AmyG Yes! Do it. ⛷ 🍰 3d
Lindy @Cathythoughts The illustrations are as entertaining as the recipe header notes. 😊 3d
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Pretty #endpapers.

julesG Looks like the cross-section of a red cabbage. 🙈😸 3d
Suet624 @julesG that‘s what I thought too! 3d
Lindy @julesG @Suet624 You are correct! 🥇 3d
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readordierachel @julesG Good eye! That is not what I saw at all 🙃 3d
Redwritinghood @Lindy I thought it was intestines. 2d
julesG @Redwritinghood But well-rinsed ones. 😁 2d
Lindy @julesG 😅 2d
readordierachel @Redwritinghood That's what I thought, too!! Great minds? 😆 2d
Lindy @readordierachel Maybe I influenced you by posting a photo of pig intestines last week? 2d
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Recipes in this cookbook are interspersed with interviews with chefs, all asked to comment on how to make vegetables powerful. I like the clever way Lauren Garfinkle carved a portrait from vegetables for each chef.

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Meehan‘s advice is that the best soy sauce is produced in Japan. Also: “Do not use low-sodium soy sauce because oxymorons rarely make for excellent condiments.” Having once purchased low-sodium soy sauce, I heartily agree.

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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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The burial chamber, the gravestone, the hillside on which ashes have been scattered, the cairn: these are the places to which the living can return and where loss may be laid to rest. The grief of those who have been unable to locate the bodies of their loved ones can be especially corrosive—acid and unhealing.

[This quote reminds me of the Argentinian novel, The Remainder.]

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The Difference | Marina Endicott
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The clear agenda behind this overly long historical novel was a detraction, especially because I found the moral issue too blatantly expressed: Canadian settler-colonial guilt over the suppression of Indigenous culture through residential schools. The two sisters in the novel act as a joint consciousness for Canadians, debating the question of whether it‘s ever right to decide what‘s best for children of a different culture. #CanadianAuthor

Lindy If this hadn‘t been in #audiobook format, I would have bailed on it. The narrator (Barbara Barnes?) pulled me through. 4d
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The Difference | Marina Endicott
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Image: new moon, internet photo. In the tagged novel, a “pearl pin in the shape of a new moon” is mentioned several times. Each time, it drew me out of the story because I puzzled over what shape was meant, exactly, by “new moon.” A black pearl might be used to represent a new moon, but in that case, the pin would have been described differently. Best guess: the very narrowest of crescents sometimes visible at the edge of a new moon.

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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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These creatures once built their skeletons and shells out of calcium carbonate, metabolizing the mineral content of the water in which they lived to create intricate architectures. In this way, limestone can be seen as merely one phase in a dynamic earth cycle, whereby mineral becomes animal becomes rock; rock that will in time—in deep time—eventually supply the calcium carbonate out of which new organisms will build their bodies […]

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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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We are often more tender to the dead than to the living, though it is the living who need our tenderness most.

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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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A deeply moving novel about family dynamics and the way our lives are affected by larger events happening in society—in this case, the migrant children refugee crisis at the southern US border. The #audiobook is a rich experience with four different narrators—including the author—slowly building layers of prose, metafiction, fragments of documents, descriptions of photos. Compassionate and unforgettable.

BarbaraBB Great review. I loved this one too. 5d
kathedron Loved this book: it would have been my winner for the Booker Prize. 5d
Lindy @kathedron Yes, it‘s worthy. I enjoyed The Testaments but this has more going on. Haven‘t yet read Girl Woman Other; it comes out next month in Canada. 5d
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Meet Edmontosaurus | Sheryn Knight
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I was hanging out with T-Rex and the Edmontosaurus and their buddies in Edmonton yesterday.

Sace Cool! 6d
Lindy @Sace ❤️🦕 🦖😊 6d
Rissreads Great photo! 5d
Lindy @Rissreads Thanks! 5d
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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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A fourth of the way into Underland, my list of rare vocabulary is already too long for a Litsy post. Words show the shift between chapters from caving (gryke, clint, swallet, adits, kist, blebs) to mining & particle physics (flowstone, ringwoodite, apotropaiac, gruffy, ruckle, halite, sylvite, fissile, aragonite, baryonic, muons, paramoudra, ling) to woodland (hyphae, pleaching, inosculation, rhizotrons, holobionts, yaffles, mycoheterotrophs). ❤️

wanderinglynn Great photo 💚 6d
Lindy @wanderinglynn Thanks! I took it while walking in Vancouver last month. The trees there are amazing. 6d
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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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Perhaps we need an entirely new language system to talk about fungi … We need to speak in spores.

Cathythoughts Amazing ❤️ 6d
Lindy @Cathythoughts Isn‘t this mushroom adorable? There were a whole bunch of them on a hillside in Vancouver and at first I thought it was an art installation. 🍄 6d
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The Difference | Marina Endicott
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I‘m thinking about bailing on this, despite its excellent audio narration, but perhaps its main fault is that I‘m listening to it after Lost Children Archive blew me away. Endicott‘s prose seems ham-fisted after Luiselli‘s delicate layers. It‘s also possible that I prefer Endicott when she writes about contemporary lives, since I had to force myself to finish The Little Shadows (I was on a judging panel) yet I loved her Good to a Fault.

Graywacke Understand perfectly. I‘m still listening to LCA, next book can‘t possibly match up (the questionably anticipated book is Girl, Woman, Other - I‘m actually really looking forward to it...) 6d
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Oh!! I have the other booked marked to read but haven't gotten to it yet! Endicott wrote the Hugh book right? That one I couldn't get through but as you know loved The Difference. 😊😊 I do have Little Strangers on my Kobo too. 6d
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Strangers! 🙄🙄 Shadows!! I have Good to a Fault at home too. 6d
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders Yes, I saw that you had read The Difference so I was hoping for words of encouragement from you. I will give it another hour at least. 6d
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Never thought I‘d have a bag of salted pig intestines in my vegetarian-household fridge. There‘s a first for everything. (And I love my sausage-making nephew.)

marleed Oh my gosh. Is the finished product called chitlins? I mistakenly bought some once and attempted to cook them in a crock pot. I‘m not sure if I‘ve ever created a worse smell in my life. I‘m still teased about it all these years later. Pig intestines, crock pot - no! 1w
SW-T @marleed Salted are for sausage making, not chitlins, though they both start with pig intestines. 1w
Lindy @marleed as @sw-t said, these are for sausage-making. They are large casings for making garlic sausage rings. 1w
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marleed @SW-T @Lindy ohhh, salt makes a difference. My experience was so funny. I ended up putting the crockpot outside hoping I could cook the smell away. My husband (RIP) then fed them to the raccoons. Did I mention I am a terrible cook - it was not the last time raccoons finished off my culinary attempts! 1w
Lindy @marleed 😂 1w
Hooked_on_books I was hoping that bag wasn‘t what I thought it was, but it‘s what I thought it was. 🤢 I did once see an Inuit garment made of seal intestine so as to be waterproof. That was pretty interesting. (edited) 1w
Cathythoughts Oh no 🤦‍♀️... when I see these in the market I have to look away ... 😳🤣 1w
AlaMich I was thinking,”wow, that‘s a big bag of fresh noodles” and then I started reading... 1w
Lindy @AlaMich 🍜😂😂😂 7d
Lindy @Cathythoughts I‘ve never seen them before. They look skinny but my nephew says they will accommodate a two inch diameter sausage. 7d
Lindy @Hooked_on_books Wow! What ingenuity! 7d
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Welcome to Night Vale | Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
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The crowd waiting to get into the theatre for the Nightvale live show is... colourful. I think I am looking at a glow cloud?

LauraJ How fun! 1w
Lindy @LauraJ It was a great show (about the spy in the desert). 1w
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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…I get asked about my accent & place of birth & I say no, I was not born in this country & when I say where I was born, I don‘t even get a nod in return, just a cold dead silence, as if I‘ve confessed to sin.

Reggie I remember I went through an India phase in my 20‘s, watching Bollywood, reading Indian authors, curious about their mythology, and when someone looked like they came from that part of the world I would ask them where they were from and there would be this fear in their eyes and then I would remember that it was in the years after 9-11, and they could not know my intention even if I asked with the nicest smile I could give. It just made me sad. 1w
Graywacke Listening now and in love with this book. Hope you‘re enjoying too. Oklahoma... 1w
Lindy @Graywacke Oklahoma 😟 1w
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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The conversations between the parents and their kids are a wonderful aspect of this novel. Example:
Child: What‘s a midwife?
Father: Someone who delivers babies.
Child: Like the postman?
Father: Yes, like the postman.
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julesG 😁👏 1w
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Juice carrots fresh for this dish or buy carrot juice fresh from some kinda health food place where all the models go. If you don‘t have a place like that near your house yet, wait between 6 months & 15 years. New York is so lousy with juice bars I‘m sure we‘ll start exporting them everywhere soon. And truth be told even the fresh bottled carrot juice that industrial carrot slaughterer Bolthouse Farms sells these days works well.

emtobiasz “Industrial carrot slaughterer” 😂🥕🔪🥕🔪🥕 1w
Reggie Lolol 1w
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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My husband thinks Kerouac‘s On the Road would be a perfect choice. “Even if the children won‘t get the meaning,” he says, “We can all enjoy the rhythm of it as we drive.”

BarbaraBB I loved this book. And don‘t they listen to this one all the time? 1w
Lindy @BarbaraBB Yes, The Road is the audiobook that kept starting every time they decided to switch from the radio or music to an audiobook. 1w
BarbaraBB I loved that detail! 1w
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Eileen: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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Once he‘d gone to church that morning, I cooked myself scrambled eggs with ketchup and heated a beer on the stove, my hangover cure of choice. That doesn‘t work, of course. Don‘t bother trying it.

Cathythoughts I liked this book 👍🏻... mad quote 😳 1w
Hooked_on_books That looks like a building made of old glass bottles. I love that! Repurposing is cool. 1w
Lindy @Hooked_on_books Yes, you are correct. I saw this building when I was in Keno, in the Yukon. 1w
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Eileen: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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I‘m nearly a third of the way into this novel and the experience is like wading through muck. The flashes of dark humour have kept me going so far, but I might be bailing soon.

Redwritinghood This one was a pan for me. 1w
Lindy @Redwritinghood I‘m tempted to skim. Not a good sign. 1w
Reggie I kept holding on thinking the Rachel character might change things but it just gets darker. I gave it a pan but it has stayed with me in the weirdest of ways so I don‘t know.... 1w
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“The right way to talk to strangers is with caution and humility” and “To assume the best about another is THE trait that has created modern society” are my main takeaways here. While I felt a bit lost initially, I came around to appreciating what Gladwell has done with this social science #audiobook. His narration is combined with lots of interview, court reenactment & other audio segments, plus music by Janelle Monae (Hell You Talmbout link ⬇️).

Lindy Sandra Bland and her death in police custody is the tragedy that prompted Gladwell to write this book. He includes Monae‘s song that names her: https://youtu.be/fumaCsQ9wKw 1w
Chrissyreadit Those are great takeaways! 1w
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twohectobooks I admit I have some skepticism about Gladwell‘s work mainly generated by a coworker who talks about it all the time. Have you read any of his other books? If so, which do you think is his best? I need to read one and form my own opinion! 1w
squirrelbrain Thanks for posting - I‘ll try and get this out of the library.... 1w
twohectobooks @Lindy thanks, I‘ll give it a try! 1w
Hooked_on_books I look forward to this one and definitely want to listen to the audio. My library finally got it, so I‘m on the very long waitlist. I think it‘ll be worth the wait. 1w
Lindy @Hooked_on_books Definitely worth waiting for. 😊 1w
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Today‘s Google Doodle celebrates The Edmonton Grads‘ women‘s basketball team induction into Canada‘s Sports Hall of Fame on this day in 2017. It was a fitting honor for a team that holds one of the best winning percentages in North America—approximately 95 percent over 25 years—in any sport.

Come-read-with-me @lindy 👏🏻🇨🇦👏🏻 2w
Lindy @Come-read-with-me ⭐️🏀⭐️😁 2w
ReadingEnvy Too funny and I just read a book set there too 2w
Lindy @ReadingEnvy Hey! Glad to hear Cinnamon‘s book is getting around. You‘ve reminded me that I haven‘t yet reviewed it on Litsy. 1w
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Poets die young. That is not just a cliché. The life expectancy of poets as a group trails playwrights, novelists and nonfiction writers by a considerable margin. […] And of every occupational category, poets have far and away the highest suicide rates, as much as 5 times higher than the general population.

Chrissyreadit I did not know that. 2w
Lindy @Chrissyreadit Neither did I. I plan to investigate this statistic further. 2w
Simona I bought this book last week on the recommendation of the salesman in my local bookstore. I wasn‘t sure if I want to read it, but he was very enthusiastic about it ... seeing your posts now, I really looking forward to read it 🤓 2w
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CarolynM 😢 2w
twohectobooks This book and a review of it from The Atlantic came up on one of my podcasts recently. I‘ve never read any Malcolm Gladwell but the reviewer bothered to trace where this particular statistic came from with somewhat amusing results (you can probably decipher the tone of the review and whether you want to read it from its title!): https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/09/when-malcolm-gladwell-says-not... 2w
Lindy @twohectobooks Thanks for linking to the source of the poet suicide statistic, of which I was already skeptical. Andrew Ferguson in the Atlantic review makes some good points, but he also betrays his pedantry: “Then we move on to Gladwell‘s second puzzle-that‘s-not-really-a-puzzle: ‘Why are people who know the stranger deceived when others who don‘t know them [sic] aren‘t?‘” Get with the times: it‘s ok to use “them” for singular. 1w
Lindy @Chrissyreadit @CarolynM Check the review in the Atlantic, which @twohectobooks links below, to learn more about the poet suicide statistic. 1w
Chrissyreadit @Lindy @twohectobooks I found the article interesting, but possibly also using faulty information to make a point. I do have to go through research to find specific information but artists do have higher rates of depression and higher rates of suicide. This encompasses people who lean toward emotion over logic. It also includes accidental suicide from overdoses- taking in something to numb or dull pain of emotions- partly why gladwells statement 1w
Chrissyreadit Is so easy to believe. Another criticism I question came from 10,000 hours mentioned in a previous book. Yes there are people who make it with the gifts they are born with, but in all fairness 10,000 is an arbitrary not magical number. Spending that much time in a craft or skill does bring a level of competence if not excellence. The last comment I have is if Gladwells book helps people begin engaging in open communication it has served a vital (edited) 1w
Chrissyreadit Purpose, but what it is not discussing openly based on the critique, is that the people who read it are coming from a place already persuaded. It is as the commentator said, how to engage in communication when one is hostile. That depends on the function of the hostility. Does Gladwell discuss this? If one is hostile because they are in a position of power it will be more difficult to address than if they are hostile from a position of fear. 1w
Chrissyreadit Finally, on lying I‘m not sure if gladwell addresses this or not- but humans want to be in a place of safety. For some people it is easy to believe a lie because it is less painful to live that way, or less work to dig for the truth. It could be our spymasters like the title and power but not the actual work and minutiae- that is more science than politics. All in all I find anything that over simplified problematic because we are complex, and yet 1w
Chrissyreadit Sometimes simple can also be truth. I may have just hijacked your post @Lindy but I look forward to seeing what your thoughts are. 1w
Lindy @Chrissyreadit Thanks for all of your comments. I think you would enjoy Gladwell‘s book. I don‘t know if you have triggers, but be forewarned that sexual assaults are included. 1w
Chrissyreadit @Lindy I do not have triggers in nonfiction. I avoid in pleasure reading because of the work I do. 1w
Lindy @Chrissyreadit What shocked me in this book is the amount of alcohol that students consume. Researchers have added to the upper limits in their categories when asking about consumption because 20 or more drinks a night isn‘t out of the question. Something like 1 in 10 students have experienced an alcohol-related blackout in the past 2 weeks. 1w
twohectobooks @Lindy @Chrissyreadit enjoying both of your comments on this! 1w
Chrissyreadit @Lindy I‘m sad but not shocked. That generation is facing high numbers of depression and anxiety- even though previous generations had serious struggles. 1w
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Me | Elton John
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The first time I met John Lennon he was dancing with Tony King [Apple Records general manager in the US]. Nothing unusual in that, other than the fact they weren‘t in a nightclub, there was no music playing, and Tony was in full drag as Queen Elizabeth II.

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Me | Elton John
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Elton John has not led a boring life, so this kept me interested. Performing since he was 15—in a local pub where he escaped out a window whenever fights broke out—and rising to superstardom, recording over 40 albums, throwing spectacular tantrums, going on shopping sprees, dancing with Queen Elizabeth, AIDS charity work, his two marriages, his costumes, recovery from multiple addictions… whew. John reads the 1st & last chapters of the #audiobook.

britt_brooke Loved this! 2w
Lindy @britt_brooke 😁👍 2w
AnneCecilie I‘ve bought this and hope to get to it soon. 2w
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Megabooks Reading now, but slowly! He just started writing with Bernie. 2w
Lindy @Megabooks I enjoyed hearing how Bernie remains a constant in his life, and from such a serendipitous start. 2w
Lindy @AnneCecilie 👍Enjoy! 2w
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Drinking puts you at the mercy of your environment. It crowds out everything except the most immediate experiences.

squirrelbrain I‘d be interested to hear your thoughts on this one - I nearly borrowed it from the library this week, but resisted (for now!). 2w
Samplergal It‘s on my audible wish list. Let us know if you think it‘s good. I‘ve heard really good reviews. 2w
Lindy @squirrelbrain @Samplergal I‘m 2/3 into it and learning surprising things. 👍 2w
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I didn‘t meet any strangers on my travels to the bakery this morning. No one had even walked in the footprints I had left on my way there. 🥖❄️
#audiowalk

Cathythoughts Pure snow ❄️ 2w
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The Student | Cary Fagan
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I love rich, character-based fiction & felt immediately caught up in the inner and outer life of one Toronto woman, Miriam Moscowitz, who‘s out of step with her contemporaries in 1957 because she wants to go on to graduate school and become a professor. The second part of this quiet novel skips ahead to 2005, allowing a glimpse of the intervening years while showing the fullness of Miriam‘s life in the 21st century. #CanadianAuthor

Cinfhen Another book not on my radar that sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing 2w
Cathythoughts Nice review... I‘m interested & stacking 2w
Soubhiville ⬆️ exactly what @Cinfhen said. Also the cover is irresistible! 2w
Lindy @Soubhiville I like the cover too. Lots of reading and studying literature happens in the novel, so it‘s a good match for the story without being the usual shot of books on shelves. 2w
Lindy @Cinfhen @Cathythoughts Thanks! I had previously only read children‘s picture books by this author, such as 2w
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The Student | Cary Fagan
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“…they make a promise to each wear the jeans and then send it to the next person and describe all their adventures while wearing them. I mean, it‘s a pretty stupid idea, like that would ever happen, and the girls are way too nice to each other, which in my opinion is less believable than anything in Harry Potter. But you know what? I can‘t put it down.”
“It sounds quite delicious. I wonder what makes us just have to keep reading a book? ⬇️

Lindy (continued): Does that mean it‘s good and we don‘t want to admit it because it doesn‘t fit our idea of real literature? Or is it like eating candy? You know, all immediate pleasure but no nutrition.” 2w
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The Student | Cary Fagan
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Twice he had asked her to marry him, or rather talked about being married without quite asking, afraid of what she would say, so she hadn‘t felt obliged to give him an answer. But one day, she knew, he‘d do something atrocious like get down on his knee.

Come-read-with-me @Lindy Is this a Teacup Magnolia? It‘s beautiful! 2w
Lindy @Come-read-with-me I don‘t know what kind, sorry. I photographed it at a botanic garden in Slovakia. 2w
Cathythoughts Beautiful pic 👍🏻❤️ 2w
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