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James Banks

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James Banks I don't have writer's block that often, but when I do, I tend to abandon the entire project. Sometimes, "after an age", I come back to the project.
James Banks I think maybe the most rewarding thing about being a writer, for me, is being able to discover new things. Writing leads me to the edge of what I…moreI think maybe the most rewarding thing about being a writer, for me, is being able to discover new things. Writing leads me to the edge of what I know, gives me a kind of structure to build off of. (less)
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The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Introduction to Phenomenology by Robert Sokolowski
"Robert Sokolowlski's introduction to phenomenology is as clear an exposition of this often impenetrable subject as I have read. I like his layout into topics such as "What is intentionality, and why it is important", "Words, pictures and symbols"..." Read more of this review »
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The Empath's Survival Guide by Judith Orloff
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Ideas: feet have special "substantialness" (my word), visualizations work, intuition can be trusted, empath quirks (attraction to intellectuals and emotionally stable people, the list of energy vampires)

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The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron
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Ideas: the Highly Sensitive Person, being in touch with your shadow, becoming a more balanced person, being super-assertive and yourself and having strong boundaries if you haven't before even if maybe you could be more flexible later on, warrior-kin ...more
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The End of History and the Last Man by Francis Fukuyama
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Ideas: thymos, liberalism was invented, power is self-limiting.

I got some good ideas from this. I wanted a basic overview of the question of "the end of history" and this provided that. I took off a star because of Fukuyama's tone and vibe -- too sur
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Lessons from the Great Depression by Peter Temin
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Just like The Wretched of the Earth (and for that matter, Being and Having: An Existentialist Diary), this book was slow and technical for a long time, but the last lecture was great for me. I simply lack the economics background for a lot of the det ...more
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