Documentation of April 2018

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A linear trip through the books I consumed. Consuming still. In the middle of…at the end of… Current status as of this posting is incomplete At the beginning of the month, I was giving Six Four, the 2017 global bestseller, a third chance. Honestly. Third times a charm. It was difficult getting a grasp on the many similarly sounding Japanese names-characters. It’s a griping crime novel but even more insight into Japanese business culture and behavioral norms. The worthy NY Times write-up. Still a third to go before complete. I own it, so I’m in no rush. I sat the book down again after Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan landed in my audible library loan queue. I have to give … Read More

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Uncomfortable Onus

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There’s a lot of it going around. -where we feel duty bound or responsible, the weight of it feels heavy. I’ve come to understand much of it is self-imposed. It sounds harsh to know no one owes you a damn thing until the reciprocal is also understood you don’t owe anyone a thing either. Very few people need explanations, very few family members need excuses, very few friends need a reason… We are there because we want to be, here for each other. We want to do things and give because we want to, not because it is asked or expected. Of course there are obligations, but a lot of these we’ve chosen for ourselves too. Assigned ourselves the tasks. I … Read More

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Documentation of March

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As to improve the SEO, what proceeds is a copy-paste of March 2018 under my Books tab in the header menu. I will be posting each month’s reflections in both places going forward. I could easily skip documenting this past month because I don’t feel like I read much. Preceding St. Patrick’s Day, I came across on article on the top Irish crime writers. I only clicked it to see if Tana French was on it; she was! And to my surprise, she isn’t even Irish. Wut! She relocated to Dublin via Vermont. Anyhow, I ended up tracking down her first crime wherein she introduces her main protagonist. In the Woods. It did not disappoint. It did occupy a solid … Read More

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Social Studies

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Would you believe I was in bed by 7:30 pm last night. Not necessarily asleep, but still. I just couldn’t go any longer. The reads and listens of March 2018 is up. The title in the header menu shouldn’t solely be called Books, but Books-Podcasts if we’re being honest. Having both my intentional Sunday evening post coincide with the prior month’s documentation of reads, I opted to get the latter up. I also saved myself time by not mentioning a couple other books. I attempted to read Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury. Yes, his book is old news now, but I was on a waiting list at the library. I wasn’t spending money on it. I only got a third of the … Read More

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Books of February

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This past month was a much more relaxing month of reads than January. There’s Paris through the experience of David Lebovitz; more surrealism with Murakami; futurism with The Martian; a very detailed and heart wrenching Native American experience; and a history podcast (new to me) on old world Hollywood, etc… All in all, mostly unheavy. The cold and weight of the weather was enough to soldier through. I needed a bit of simplicity and escape. Books of February

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