How to Design a Beautiful, Cruel Universe

“Most kids who play a lot of video games don’t grow up to become avid readers. Then again, not every kid who reads a lot of books grows up to become an avid reader. Yet, in the diverse taxonomy of the modern gaming audience, there exists the Literary Gamer — someone for whom reading and playing are, and always have been, the same voyage. It would never occur to the Literary Gamer that one activity negates the other. If anything, the Literary Gamer believes, reading and playing enhance systematic thinking and the mysteries of imaginative empathy…” Gabrielle Zevin’s novel ‘Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow’ is a love letter to the Literary Gamer.

#books #bookreviews

How to Design a Beautiful, Cruel Universe | Via NYTimesHow to Design a Beautiful, Cruel Universe—Via NYTimes

Economic Causes of War

“Under a system of private ownership of the means of production and free enterprise, with the only function of government being to protect individuals against violent or fraudulent attacks on their lives, health, or property, it is immaterial for the citizens of any nation where the frontiers of their country are drawn. It is of no concern for anyone whether his country is big or small, and whether it conquers a province or not. The individual citizens do not derive any profit from the conquest of a territory…” Ludwig von Mises from a lecture delivered in October 1944.

#perspectives

Economic Causes of War | Via Mises InstituteEconomic Causes of War—Via Mises Institute

Best Canned Food for Survival

“There are three foods that you can survive on if you had to: beans, rice, and lentils. These are all high in protein and will give you the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. If you can find a way to add some vegetables to these meals, it will make them even more nutritious, make the experience a much more pleasant one, and help you stay alive longer…”

#knowhow #prepping

Best Canned Food for Survival | Via Crisis EquippedBest Canned Food for Survival—Via Crisis Equipped

‘Our Share of Night’ by Mariana Enriquez

“A woman’s mysterious death puts her husband and son on a collision course with her demonic family in the long-awaited debut novel from the International Booker Prize-shortlisted author of ‘The Dangers of Smoking in Bed.’ A young father and son set out on a road trip, devastated by the death of the wife and mother they both loved. United in grief, the pair travels to her family home, where they must confront the terrifying legacy she has bequeathed. The woman they grieve came from a clan like no other— a centuries-old secret society called the Order that commits unspeakable acts in search of eternal life. For Gaspar, the son, this vampiric cult is his destiny. Now Gaspar is in danger. As the Order tries to possess him, father and son take flight, yet nothing will stop the Order for nothing is beyond them. Hunted by evil and surrounded by horror, Gaspar and his father attempt to outrun a powerful family that will do anything to ensure its own survival. But can any of us escape the fate that awaits us? Moving back and forth in time, from London in the swinging 1960s to the brutal years of Argentina’s military dictatorship and its turbulent aftermath, ‘Our Share of Night’ is a novel like no other: a family story, a ghost story, a story of the occult and the supernatural, a book about the complexities of love and longing with many queer subplots and themes— this is the masterwork of one of Latin America’s most exciting novelists, ‘a mesmerizing writer,’ says Dave Eggers, ‘who demands to be read.’ Or as Kazuo Ishiguro puts it: ‘the most exciting discovery I’ve made in fiction for some time…'”

#bibliophile

'Our Share of Night' by Mariana Enriquez | Via Bookshop‘Our Share of Night’ by Mariana Enriquez—Via Bookshop

‘Restoring Health Post-Vax’ – Free Ebook

“If you or a loved one received the jab, you still have options to heal your body. Numerous medical experts have raised concerns over the heavy metals and toxins found in the vaccines, and the statistics prove their detrimental impact. But you do have options which you can find in this free eBook— ‘Restoring Health Post-Vax: Expert Healing and Recovery Advice’— ready for you to download and receive instant access to…” You’re welcome.

#free

'Restoring Health Post-Vax' - Free Ebook | Via unbreakableseries.com‘Restoring Health Post-Vax’ – Free Ebook—Via unbreakableseries.com

Life Hacks from India on How to Stay Cool (Sans A/C)

“In Uttar Pradesh, India, where I grew up, temperatures can soar as high as 120 degrees in May and June. But very few people have access to an air conditioner. With a per capita income of around a $1,000 a year, many people in this part of the country can’t afford to buy an A/C unit or pay the power bills that come with using one. So how do people keep cool?…” Heat wave researcher Dr. Gulrez Shah Azhar grew up in Uttar Pradesh, India, without an A/C unit. He shares tips on how to deal with the heat— including wearing a wet scarf around your neck.

#hacks

Life Hacks from India on How to Stay Cool (Sans A/C) | Via NPRLife Hacks from India on How to Stay Cool (Sans A/C)—Via NPR

On the Limits of Our Comprehension

“The sudden awareness of something that calls for an explanation, once the fog of habit has lifted, seems to be the real stuff revolutions’ sparkles are made of: from Newton’s legendary falling apple to Einstein’s elevator, from Planck’s black body problem to Mendel’s pea plants, the real force comes from asking questions about what all of a sudden doesn’t seem to be obvious…” An excerpt from Noam Chomsky and Andrea Moro’s book ‘The Secrets of Words.’

#excerpts

On the Limits of Our Comprehension | Via The MIT Press ReaderNoam Chomsky and Andrea Moro on the Limits of Our Comprehension—Via The MIT Press Reader

Renaissance of the Weird

“The evidence lies scattered far and wide, so easy to spot that I’m baffled by how little critics have noticed. Granted, the term ‘experimental’ still turns up, most often applied to esteemed elders like Don DeLillo. Yet the same energy crackles, unmistakably, in a good many talents now in mid-career, if not just hitting their stride…” Yes, contrary to reports, experimental fiction is alive and well: John Domini on Amber Sparks, Percival Everett, Laura van den Berg, Lance Olsen, Paul Beatty, Karen Russell, and more.

#lit #movements

Renaissance of the Weird | Via LitHubRenaissance of the Weird: Experimental Fiction as the New American Normal—Via LitHub

The Delian Mode

“Written and directed by Kara Blake, ‘The Delian Mode’ (2009) is a short experimental documentary revolving around the life and work of electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire, best known for her groundbreaking sound treatment of the ‘Doctor Who’ theme music. A collage of sound and image created in the spirit of Derbyshire’s unique approach to audio creation and manipulation, this film illuminates such soundscapes onscreen while paying tribute to a woman whose work has influenced electronic musicians for decades…”

#musicology

The Delian Mode | Via YouTubeThe Delian Mode – Delia Derbyshire documentary—Via YouTube

The Unofficial History of America

“The official history of America is one every kid knows. It’s a story of fierce individualism and heroic personal sacrifice in the service of a dream. A story of hungry settlers carving a home out of the wilderness. A story of a revolution, beating back British imperialism and launching a new colony into the industrial age on its own terms. It’s a story of America triumphant. Of its rise after World War II to become the richest and most powerful country in the history of the world, the land of the free because of the brave, an inspiring model for the whole world to emulate. The unofficial story of America is quite different. It begins the same way— in the revolutionary cauldron of colonial America— but then it takes a turn. A bit player in the official story becomes critically important. This player turns out to be not only the provocateur of the revolution, but in a sense its saboteur. The corporation…” From Adbusters’ forthcoming book, ‘The Third Force: A Field Guide to a New World Order.’

#excerpts

The Unofficial History of America | Via AdbustersThe Unofficial History of America—Via Adbusters

Global Planned Financial Tsunami Has Just Begun

“Since the creation of the US Federal Reserve over a century ago, every major financial market collapse has been deliberately triggered for political motives by the central bank. The situation is no different today, as clearly the US Fed is acting with its interest rate weapon to crash what is the greatest speculative financial bubble in human history, a bubble it created. Global crash events always begin on the periphery, such as with the 1931 Austrian Creditanstalt or the Lehman Bros failure in September 2008. The June 15 decision by the Fed to impose the largest single rate hike in almost 30 years as financial markets are already in a meltdown, now guarantees a global depression and worse…” F. William Engdahl writes.

#perspectives

Global Planned Financial Tsunami Has Just Begun | Via www.williamengdahl.comGlobal Planned Financial Tsunami Has Just Begun—Via www.williamengdahl.com

‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ by Robert M. Pirsig

“The classic book that has inspired millions. A penetrating examination of how we live and how to live better. Few books transform a generation and then establish themselves as touchstones for the generations that follow. ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ is one such book. This modern epic of a man’s search for meaning became an instant bestseller on publication in 1974, acclaimed as one of the most exciting books in the history of American letters. It continues to inspire millions. A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions on how to live. The narrator’s relationship with his son leads to a powerful self-reckoning; the craft of motorcycle maintenance leads to an austerely beautiful process for reconciling science, religion, and humanism. Resonant with the confusions of existence, this classic is a touching and transcendent book of life. This new edition contains an interview with Pirsig and letters and documents detailing how this extraordinary book came to be…”

#bibliophile

'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' by Robert M. Pirsig | Via Bookshop‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ by Robert M. Pirsig—Via Bookshop

Nearly Everyone at Risk of Cancer from Pesticide-Contaminated Drinking Water

“Widespread pesticide use [e.g. malathion, diazinon, etc.] threatens to reduce the amount of available freshwater as pesticide runoff, recharge and improper disposal tends to contaminate adjacent waterways, like rivers, streams, lakes or underground watersheds… ‘This study develops new knowledge in the field of monitoring and evaluation of drinking water quality. The developed method can facilitate water utilities to solve the pollution of OPs in the world in drinking water resources…’ researchers note.”

#health #alert

Nearly Everyone at Risk of Cancer from Pesticide-Contaminated Drinking Water | Via CHDNearly Everyone at Risk of Cancer from Pesticide-Contaminated Drinking Water—Via CHD