(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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