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Recently read (and enjoyed) ..

Waking Up: a guide to spirituality without religion, by Sam Harris

This House of Grief, by Helen Garner (Enjoyed might not be the right word for this book but it is beautifully written)

Upstairs at the Party, by Linda Grant 

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fred-wilson:

The new Sukirae record from Tweedy is the artist of the weekend

standrewsradio:

(Source: standrewsradio)

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Reading, to me, at its most fundamental level, is freedom. Everyone who grows up loving books truly is much better off in life. The more curious you are about books, the more you self-educate. Kids start to get that in their teenage years—books can either be homework, or they can be fuel for rebellion. If it’s the latter, you love reading.
— Love the sound of this kids’ book - Book With No Pictures, B.J Novak Proves That Kids’ Books Don’t Need Pictures, via the Atlantic 
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House for Trees, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects, via iGNANT

House for Trees, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects, via iGNANT

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The teachings of Buddhism, and of Eastern spirituality generally, focus on the primacy of the mind. There are dangers in this way of viewing the world, to be sure. Focusing on training the mind to the exclusion of all else can lead to political quietism and hive-like conformity. The fact that your mind is all you have and that it is possible to be at peace even in difficult circumstances can become an argument for ignoring obvious societal problems. But it is not a compelling one. The world is in desperate need of improvement—in global terms, freedom and prosperity remain the exception—and yet this doesn’t mean we need to be miserable while we work for the common good.

Another excerpt from Sam Harris’ very interesting book, ‘Waking Up’.

Also from the wonderful Brain Pickings blog, Sam Harris on Spirituality without Religion, Happiness, and How to Cultivate the Art of Presence

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