Very good read.
I seem to be coming across very illuminating articles recently. Here is one that is wonderfully enlightening and fully informative. It is a must-read. Please do share it further. It’s good to dispel doubts and clarify confusions: 3 Myths That Block Progress for The Poor – Annual Open Letter by Bill Gates.
Just wanted to provide you a brief update on my upload schedule.
Until further notice I will upload on blog post each week, and on average half of them will be pictures. I will try to interleave text uploads with picture uploads, but, especially when writing a series, you might have to wait a bit for pictures. If you crave more pictures let me know, I have many, many more.
Since I am super busy at work and have a side project (more about that soon), I might lower my blogging frequency to two posts a week. Let’s wait and see.
The formula “one blog post each week” does not include reblogs, updates, shout outs, etc.
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I wish I could write like her.
Five years ago, I decided I would love Hanoi. I was reading a travel piece on it while waiting for my dentist to finish drilling holes into someone else’s head. It seemed like a place for romantics – the literary romantics, the ones who can stare at a leaf for three hours and see the whole universe, the ones who spot a lone red balloon and are suddenly devastated. It seemed like Hanoians hovered on their scooters and bikes, creating a ceaseless, connected blur from dawn to dusk and through the night like a floating infinity symbol. It would be a place where I could be alone and not feel alone. Color would be everywhere.
These are lofty expectations. I typically don’t nurture these idealisms because the very hallmark of an ideal is its unattainability. Having absolutely no expectations for any place is the safest bet, and it often enables…
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2013, 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism, Beyond Human Nature, books, Born to Run, Christopher McDougall, Daniel Kehlmann, Die Vermessung der Welt, Eating Animals, Ha-Joon Chang, Jesse J. Prinz, Jonathan Gottschall, Jonathan Safran Foer, Measuring the World, Richard Cowper, Stories of Your Life, Teach Us to Sit Still, Ted Chiang, The Storytelling Animal, The Twilight of Briareus, Tim Parks, top ten, William B. Irvine
First off: happy new year to everyone!
Second: welcome to a new year with Island Letters. I hope you enjoy the ride.
Third, I thought I might share the top 10 books I read in 2013. To provide some background:
- These are, as you will see, not necessarily books that were published in 2013, one of them is actually 43 (!) years old.
- Only books with a rating of at least four out of five were short-listed for this top ten extravaganza.
- I read on average 50 books a year.
- The books are presented in alphabetical order (author’s last name).