December! It’s the holidays!

(More) books you should read

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Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 18 December 2013. 08h00. In addition to the recommended books below (December 1), I also urge the following publications on your mind – this is my reading list for the next two weeks. Heaven is indeed real.

Fooled by Randomness – The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (the author of The Black Swan… which is also highly recommended).

Blink – The Power of Thinking without Thinking, by Malcolm Gladwell.

A little gem: The Universe Explained to my Grandchildren, by Hubert Reeves.

And here’s another absolute MUST: Travels with Epicurus, by Daniel Klein. Of all the Great Greeks, I somehow managed to have Epicurus be my favourite. And Klein, a Harvard philosophy graduate and author too of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar (yes, please read this also!) exudes positiveness in this latest tour de force.

‘n Paar Afrikaanses gaan ook saam:

Klimtol, van Etienne van Heerden;
Tolbos, van Irma Joubert;
Die aanspraak van lewende wesens, van Ingrid Winterbach;
En… Marie Heese se ekkanniwaggie nuwe ene: Vuurklip – ‘n Roman van die Oertyd. Dis ‘n storie oor die lotgevalle van die Land- en Seestamme aan die suidkus van Afrika sowat honderdduisend jaar gelede.

Maar nou is daar nog drie dae van harde werk. Ook deksels heerlik.

Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 1 December 2013. 08h45. Time to read.

Shangri-la. It’s what December is all about. Reading time. I know someone who can get place in overbooked hotels. Had she been present 2013 years ago in the backwaters of Palestine myth would have been recorded somewhat differently. My point? I’m not sure, but you should read these books…

Here’s my top reads of 2013, in no particular order. I suggest you read ‘em too. Except the last one, which is not a suggestion; it’s an instruction.

The Accidental Ambassador, by Tony Leon;
An Appetite for Wonder, by Richard Dawkins;
S.A. Politics Unspun, by Stephen Grootes;
The Devil’s Advocate – 100 business rules you must break, by Caspian Woods;
Velocity – The seven new laws of a world gone digital, by Ajaz Ahmed & Stefan Orlander;
David & Goliath – Underdogs, misfits and the art of battling giants, by Malcolm Gladwell;
Obliquity – Why our goals are best achieved indirectly, by John Kay;
Nothing – From absolute zero to cosmic oblivion; amazing insights into nothingness, edited by Jeremy Webb;
The Magic of Reality – How we know what’s really true, by Richard Dawkins;
Physics of the Impossible, by Michio Kaku;
Taming City Hall – Rightsizing for Results, by Gerald Seals;
A few others on religion and theology, but let’s leave that be; it being myth month and all.
And there were a few duds, of course, most notably A Bantu in my Bathroom, by Eusebius McKaiser – pompous; portentous; pontifical; painful.

And here’s the one you simply must read: JP’ Landman’s The Long View – Getting beyond the drama of South Africa’s headlines. This is not a s suggestion. Buy it. Read it. Just do it.

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3 thoughts on “December! It’s the holidays!

  1. Aan die Ed O!O en al sy lesers en kommentators wens ek ‘n Geseende Kerstyd en Voorspoedige Nuwe jaar toe.
    Geniet die vakansie terdee,en veilig ry.

  2. Thanks OO, much appreciated
    Two reading tips of my own
    1) Like Lions they fought – the last Zulu war (Battle of Isandwana with synopsis of other african battles by Robert B Edgerton
    2) 50 flippen brilliant South Africans by Alexander Parker, cartoons by Zapiro

    Festive, happy and safe Season to all OO readers

  3. I di not read books.
    I read O!O.
    Daily newspapers
    (With sugar and spice and salt)
    Fully aware that these newspapers are on sale
    and in business purel they are kept in black,
    because of the cause.
    The cape times ( are there to keep the DA )
    The burgers is alive and weel because of the DA.
    The George Herald is pretty impartial.Thanks Myron.
    Then there is nose week. Mail and guardian.
    That mr editor makes my day.

    But just because you recommend these books listed
    above I shall have a go at them.
    Because you’ve got style ability know how.
    Your intectual knowledge and command of both
    English and Afrikaans is commended.
    Thank you for suggesting these bundles of
    Could be ideal year end gifts

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