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PostWed Oct 07, 2020 3:29 pm 
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The People of Darkness by Tony Hillerman

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PostThu Oct 22, 2020 9:09 am 
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Einstein: His Life and Universe, by Walter Isaacson.  This may be the first biography I managed to finish.  Helped me better understand one of the most important figures of the 20th century--not just his scientific work but also his politics, spirituality, and humanity.
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Until The End OF Time, Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe by Brian Greene, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2020.    I had this on hold from the Seattle Public Library where it was in limbo for months until they started checking out books again.   This is one of those books which is way over my head, but written so well that I was able to follow along regardless. 

Here's the jacket blurb on the author:  "Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University and is renowned for his groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory.  He is the author of The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality..." Here is the Kirkus Review or the Goodreads Review

Many times I just soldiered on through some of the physics and mathematic references, but it was worth it to get to his conclusions in the final chapter "The Nobility of Being, Mind, Matter, and Meaning".  Here's a passage I enjoyed: 

While we may long for a perdurable legacy, the clarity we gain from exploring the cosmic timeline reveals that this is out of reach.  But that very same clarity underscores how utterly wondrous it is that small collection of the universe's particles can rise up, examine themselves and the reality they inhabit, determine just how transitory they are, and with a flitting burst activity create beauty, establish connection, and illuminate mystery.

Definitely a good read overall.  This is great bedside reading.  It will take you away from our constant ongoing national drama.     ~z
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PostThu Nov 19, 2020 7:39 am 
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zephyr wrote:
Until The End OF Time

Thanks for bringing this to my attention, zephyr.  I've been meaning to read Greene for a long time, and this might be a good place to start.  Always good to have a few books on the Christmas list for people who insist on sending gifts.

Stepping away from science for a bit, I've read

Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders.  Weird freaking book.  A bit over my head, like most serious literature.  The format--what might be called thought-chatter among ghosts in Purgatory--is quite interesting.  I might recommend 10th of December for anyone wanting a gentler introduction to Saunders.

Educated, Tara Westover.  If you thought your family was screwed up... but no, don't read this for the family drama, but to see what can emerge from even the most insane family situation.  If only all the sheltered and abused kids of the world could read this.
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PostSun Nov 29, 2020 1:38 pm 
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Neek wrote:
Lincoln in the Bardo"

zephyr wrote:
Until the End of Time"

I liked that one, Neek.  Got it from the library as soon as they made it available. Enjoyed as much reading subsequent articles about how Saunders came to write it, and about the actual historical events.  Saunders has an unusual background for a writer. I was reminded of him just yesterday when an excerpt from one of his novellas was read on NPR's "Selected Shorts" See the 11/26 "Modern Fables" episode.

Zephyr, that sounds like a good one - I'll have to get a copy.

I've been reading some online shorts about the joys of solitude, in nature, especially.  Like this one: The Oracle of Oyster River

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