After reading the book Running with the Pack, I was delighted to find that there was a book that dived even deeper in the bond between wolf and man. For me this is the best type of philosophy book, one that is interspersed with more light-hearted moments from the author’s life, contrasted with constructive and deeper musings on the events in his or her life. I noticed that it took me a lot longer to get through the book, just because it took a while for the messages to sink in and understand them. Therefore, this is definitely a book that would not be better as an audiobook, because I think I would miss things because there’s no time to mull them over. One thing that happened during the reading of this book, is that all the notes and highlights I took on my e‑reader got deleted, due to me shuffling around some settings. This felt like a setback, one that temporarily makes you not want to be reminded of your mistake and discontinue reading the book. However, because I was so close to finishing it, it would have been silly not to. It made me think that the memories and lessons we gain from reading a book, if they are forgotten and we can no longer rely on our (digital) memory. Of course that is not the case, but it showed me how easily your brain delegates the task of remembering to a third party. Not sure if this topic is mentioned in the other book from this author about external memory, but it made me look forward to read that one as well!
A personal and relatable account what it means to give up alcohol in your life and how it impacts ones relationship with others. The subtle humor in this book was great and made the whole book a pageturner for me. The most important lesson in this book was the impact of a relapse after a prolonged period of abstention. Realizing the impact it can have, makes it so that you do not need to make this mistake yourself to learn from it. Another great lesson was that of just bluffing, even though you have not finished writing the book, mentioning that you want to publish one can help you make it happen, even if you don’t expect it. All in all, I would recommend this book to every young person reading and doubting their own intake of emotion-surpressing drugs.
The pacing of this story was quick and kept the attention easily, even if one’s recently abstaining from caffeine. Talking about the history and impact of society’s most accepted and widespread drug. Michael Pollan did a great job in relaying his experience with temporarily abstaining of coffee and later on using it as a tool, but insinuates it will creep back to an everyday ordeal. For the coming weeks I would like to follow his plan and just drink coffee on Sunday mornings and only then. Perhaps Saturdays could work as well, but I usually tend to do my long run on Sundays, so it would beneficial for that too. I appreciated the appearance of Matthew Walker and his view on caffeine’s effect on the sleep quality. I do notice, that even when I drink coffee in the morning that my sleep is impacted, so that would be a good motivation. One of the more insightful bits was about the difference in spot-focus and canvas focus, the latter would enhance creativity by loose association. Caffeine enhances the spot-focus and therefore linear thinking and might thus reduce one’s creativity. Knowing what it can and cannot do, might help one use it for the right use cases. Without coffee, there wouldn’t be this catalyst for the age of reason. The fact that it was a replacement for alcohol in the seventeenth century was new to me and that the coffee-houses played a big role in the enlightenment by exchanging ideas, so much so that the first modern encyclopedia found its origin in one of the coffee-houses in France.
Fascinating book, it is clear that the author spent a lot of time thinking while running with his dogs/wolf and is equally determined to write down and clarify his thoughts. There were a few big learnings for me, that put running in a new perspective for me. Mainly, in the Dutch version, he talks about “running is remembering”, remembering what we have lost along the way. A second, unexpected lesson was a way to humbly face the inevitable decay that will set in, sooner or later. The final perspective that stuck with me was its focus on running being a form of play, not of work and how unique that is.
The one thing that would take away half a star, would be the penultimate chapter in which there is just too much philosophical chitchat on his identity and what he is not, to exemplify Sartre’s view on the consciousness. Personally i found it to be just a little confusing and not helping further his main argument of his philosophy on running and its intrinsic value.
I was surprised by the many words I didn’t know the existence of, these really stretched my vocabulary, but again, makes the book less accessible to the reader and prevents the deeper understanding of its contents.
I found it to be a delight to listen to this book out on a run, while realizing how I’ve incorporated more reading in my life through the ability of being able to listen simultaneously and get lost in a virtual world as I do in the real world by foot. For me, there were a few funny coincidences that I came across, one was talking about the book Too Much Happiness, which I planned to read this month for a bookclub, but it got cancelled due to the coronavirus concerns. The passage was about bilbiotherapy and misunderstanding the book’s title as a self-help book. The practice of doctors and psychiatrists prescribing books as part of a cure is not a bad thought at all. I do think that I owe a very large portion of my current healthy lifestyle through reading, something that I doubt would have happened if a doctor told me so. Another fun fact was concerning the very first edition of the vegetarian cookbook being made out of parchment, thus from dead animals. Gutenberg’s press was mostly used for single sheets indulgences, to reduce one’s sins. And not for printing bibles what I had always assumed, so lots of nuggets and overall it helped me appreciate how lucky I am to find myself in a time where one can read by listening. This book also discussed its uses, virtues and how it impacts communities small and large. In the future I would like to have a physical copy on my shelves.
I have been toying with this idea for a long time and personally had a few setbacks that withhold me from attempting another digital detox. I do think that this book makes the strongest case and it came to me on a time that was right and felt I could implement the key principles directly. The examples were great and diverse, the rest of the ‘theory’ was well-supported and concisely formulated. Compared to other books of the same topic, I found it rather actionable and motivating to take steps!
For sure, I will buy a physical copy of this book, so I can browse through it at a later moment in time. It would act as a reminder of the direction I want to move in and since it takes multiple cycles to get closer to this more preferred state of intentional living, the chances are high that I would want to re-read it in the future. Best self-help book that I have read this past year!
This was a free booklet you could order online and it tries to get people take action in combatting climate change and more specifically, the rise of sea level that would be really challenging to fight against, once the increase is a lot more than we have needed to fight in the past. As a student at Delft University of Technology, I was surprised to find out that even me and my friends didn’t know about Johan van Veen, who was the father of the Dutch Deltaworks. I visited many parts of this worldfamous system to protect the citizens from flooding and having to abandon their homegrounds. The main lesson for me would be that historians can really teach us as a society a lot. It helps to put current events in perspective and they remind us of mistakes our forebears made in the past.
I would be curious to read the rest of the biography of this forgotten engineer. However, I am a bit less optimistic than the author and feel that people should seriously consider moving to higher grounds. While one has the chance it is better to build up a new life in a safer environment for the long term.
An insightful book about the various ways fructose wreak havoc on the human body. You could almost see it as an anti-nutrient, if supplied in a high concentration. Like all substances, the dose makes the poison. After hearing about the concepts in the podcast of Peter Attia, I wanted to learn more about the research that Prof. Richard Johnson and his colleagues had done to support his claims. Surprising to me were the relationship with yeast and umami foods to uric acid and its further effects on blood pressure. I will definitely reread parts of this book in the future.
Even though most people wouldn’t classify this as an audiobook, I think it does. I mean, it doesn’t matter, I just wanted to write a quick review about this great and gripping story, not all that unsimilar to the stranger in the woods by Michael Finkel. The main character was fascinating and resonated with me strongly. The little facts about clockmaking and the reference to other literature were nice details that added to the experience. The audio recordings just made it super vivid and I wish more non-fiction books were done this way, although I understand it is very difficult to pull off. One of a kind!
This has been my favourite book that I have read in the year 2020, and although the year has just begun, I think it will remain one of, if not the favourite at the end of the year. An insightful book looking into the solitude life and what it can bring. What brings a man to make a decision like this and how did he get away with it for so long. These are the people that if you met them in real life, you would want to ask them so many questions and try to understand what goes on in their mind and if you were able to do the same in such a situation. Definitely recommend this book to anyone.