This book is so beautiful. It's part travel adventure and part philosophy. It makes me realize that maybe I have become so used to "good books" that it is almost startling to realize the depth of the difference when you land on something great.
I'm not going to lie, I do not have many specific memories about this book. I read it a loooong time ago. All I remember was being utterly enchanted. It is beautifully written and completely absorbing.
A modern classic, Einstein’s Dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, when he worked in a patent office in Switzerland. As the defiant but sensitive young genius is creating his theory of relativity, a new conception of time, he imagines many possible worlds. In one, time is circular, so that people are fated to repeat triumphs and failures over and over. In another, there is a place where time stands still, visited by lovers and parents clinging to their children. In another, time is a nightingale, sometimes trapped by a bell jar.
Now translated into thirty languages, Einstein’s Dreams has inspired playwrights, dancers, musicians, and painters all over the world. In poetic vignettes, it explores the connections between science and art, the process of creativity, and ultimately the fragility of human existence.
This is what I want from the world: for people to go outside, to read, to imagine, to pursue life actively and not passively, to know what can happen to your brain and to society when a screen becomes your main way of communicating, reading, shopping, and interacting with the world. This book is an exploration of the Internet's intellectual and cultural consequences.Also, sound words from my hero Kurt Vonnegut:On the Internet: There's all this talk about
building the information superhighway and new networks. But there's
never talk about what's happening to this network [taps the side of his head], which is already in place. There's utter indifference to it...
We are not born with imagination. It has to be developed by teachers,
by parents. There was a time when imagination was very important
because it was the major source of entertainment... This imagination circuit is being built in your head. If you go to
an art gallery, here's just a square with daubs of paint on it that
haven't moved in hundreds of years. No sound comes out of it.
The imagination circuit is taught to respond to the most minimal of
cues. A book is an arrangement of 26 phonetic symbols, 10 numbers, and
about 8 punctuation marks, and people can cast their eyes over these and
envision the eruption of Mount Vesuvius or the Battle of Waterloo. But
it's no longer necessary for teachers and parents to build these
circuits. Now there are professionally produced shows with great actors,
very convincing sets, sound, music. And now there's the information
highway. We don't need the circuits any more than we need to know how to
ride horses. Those of us who had imagination circuits built can look in
someone's face and see stories there; to everyone else, a face will
just be a face.On being called a Luddite: Oh, I welcome it.
Funny time traveling mystery. The main character reminds me a little of Bertie Wooster in the Jeeve's books - sort of frantically stumbling through the book as he tries to make things right. I loved it. A lot. "The most hilarious book of its kind since John Irving's The Water-Method Man and A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole."--Des Moines Sunday Register"Willis effortlessly
juggles comedy of manners, chaos theory and a wide range of literary
allusions [with a] near flawlessness of plot, character and prose."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)"I have long thought that Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men In A Boat
is one of the highest points of Inimitable British Humor. I chuckle; I
gurgle; I know those three men--to say nothing of the dog. And now I
am convinced there was a woman concealed in that boat, too: Connie
Willis."--Laurie R. King
Capturing a crucial moment in the history of exploration, the
mid-nineteenth century romance with the Arctic, Andrea Barrett focuses
on a particular expedition and its accompanying scholar-naturalist,
Erasmus Darwin Wells. Through his eyes, we meet the Narwhal's crew and
its commander obsessed with the search for an open polar sea and
encounter the far-north culture of the Esquimaux. In counterpoint, we
see the women left behind in Philadelphia, explorers only in
imagination. Together, those who travel and those who stay weave a web
of myth and mystery. And finally they discover as all explorers do not
what was always there and never needed discovering, but the state of
their own souls. I read this ages ago on the recommendation of a faithful customer to the bookshop. It was fascinating and nerdy and filled with natural science and exploration.
I am not sure how I got my hands on this when I was a kid. I just remember sitting on the dog bed that was in the corner of my room (my dog refused to use it so I commandeered it as a large cushion) paging through these stories again and again. Really charming and fun and true to the ideal of detective fiction. When I got older I borrowed every single Sayers book my sister had and devoured them. Dorothy Sayers is wonderful.
Who doesn't want to run away and spend the night locked in a museum, only to become embroiled in a mystery? I loved this book when I was a kid.
Enjoyable and funny book with the idea that some things you should make, but some things are better (due to cost and hassle) to buy. I feel like she is doing the legwork for me and I get to just sit back and decide not to try to make my own butter. Not that I would have done that anyway, but you never know.
At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.
The River of Doubt—it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its waters; boulder-strewn rapids turn the river into a roiling cauldron.
After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Together with his son Kermit and Brazil’s most famous explorer, Cândido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it. In the process, he changed the map of the western hemisphere forever.
Along the way, Roosevelt and his men faced an unbelievable series of hardships, losing their canoes and supplies to punishing whitewater rapids, and enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease, drowning, and a murder within their own ranks. Three men died, and Roosevelt was brought to the brink of suicide. The River of Doubt brings alive these extraordinary events in a powerful nonfiction narrative thriller that happens to feature one of the most famous Americans who ever lived.
From the soaring beauty of the Amazon rain forest to the darkest night of Theodore Roosevelt’s life, here is Candice Millard’s dazzling debut.
In Marion Zimmer Bradley's masterpiece, we see the tumult and adventures of Camelot's court through the eyes of the women who bolstered the king's rise and schemed for his fall. From their childhoods through the ultimate fulfillment of their destinies, we follow these women and the diverse cast of characters that surrounds them as the great Arthurian epic unfolds stunningly before us. As Morgaine and Gwenhwyfar struggle for control over the fate of Arthur's kingdom, as the Knights of the Round Table take on their infamous quest, as Merlin and Viviane wield their magics for the future of Old Britain, the Isle of Avalon slips further into the impenetrable mists of memory, until the fissure between old and new worlds' and old and new religions' claims its most famous victim.