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Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
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I read this expecting a serious book of psychological research into human happiness. Silly me! What I got was a self help book which might be renamed the Book of Platitudes based on a rehashing of popular philosophy with case studies attached.
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Strangeland by Tracey Emin
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'Strangeland' is, in a manner of speaking, Dreamland. Dreamland is the pleasure centre of Margate (which I visited myself as a child) but dreams play a major role in the construction of her territory while Margate is the central part of that territor
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They Bite by Anthony Boucher
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A solid folk horror offering from 1943 by the prolific and wide-ranging pulp fiction writer Anthony Boucher that manages to bring elements of Machen's 'White People' into alignment with a genre of Wild West occult horror of which a master exponent wa
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Stamboul Train by Graham Greene
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We have already reviewed Greene's first novel ('The Man Within', 1929) and pronounced it pretty dreadful. Greene allowed that particular effort re-publication but refused the honour to his next two books which tells you something. Neither is currentl
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Seven Japanese Tales by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
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These seven tales of Junichiro Tanazaki cover the period from 1910 (when he was in his mid-twenties) through to the 1930s (his forties) with one ['The Bridge of Dreams'] from his old age in 1959.

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Machine, Platform, Crowd by Andrew McAfee
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This book is a good run down of commercially disruptive technologies, at least those disruptive as of 2017. Things move so fast that one wonders how long this text will be useful but at the time of reading two years later it still acted as a decent p
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The Square and the Tower by Niall Ferguson
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The central purpose of this book is quite simple and worthwhile - a re-exposition of international history in terms of the ongoing dialectic between networks and hierarchies and, as such, it is enlightening and useful.

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Freedom and its Betrayal by Isaiah Berlin
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This is a posthumous book, published in 2002 five years after Berlin's death, and represents the recovery of six BBC lectures, given on radio in 1952, from incomplete transcripts and notes.

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Yukio Mishima by Damian Flanagan
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This relatively recent biography (2014) of Yukio Mishima has the virtue of concentrating on the person and the social and political conditions of his time rather than on his literary merits. The works are, of course, all covered and placed in their c
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The Viceroy of Ouidah by Bruce Chatwin
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Well regarded at the time (1980), Chatwin's fictional and short account of a slave-owning family's fortunes in nineteenth century Dahomey now appears as a dated and even a rather patronising account of the history of slavery and Africa.

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“One must not think slightingly of the paradoxical…for the paradox is the source of the thinker’s passion, and the thinker without a paradox is like a lover without feeling: a paltry mediocrity.”
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“Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.”
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“If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree. ”
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