Exam Questions Made Easy: Sample question… The rate of infection doubles every 11 days. In 21 days, it will double every eight days. In a population with 23.8% aged over 50 years old with three out of 10 of those aged under 75 having co-morbidities, and with 78% of commercial establishments opening for 66% of their workforce — How long will it take you to realise you’ll never pass this exam? … [Read more...] about Seven bestselling books coming up after the lockdown
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This week, I’ve learned via Instagram that a sort of dog-themed book club is reading Queenie. Every day I’ve been tagged in a review that, judging by its picture of a dog with my book, seems to have been written by a canine reader. It has been a tense time, honestly. I never know what to expect from reviews. Some are nice. Some are rude. The book has been awarded five stars, and it has also been given one. But who am I to argue with a dog? … [Read more...] about My book is being reviewed by a dog. Who am I to argue with the star rating?
“It is truly horrible,” Coates writes in one of the most disturbing sentences of the book, “to understand yourself as the essential below of your country.” Herein lies the danger: Forget telling his son it will be okay; Coates cannot even tell him it may be okay. “The struggle is really all I have for you,” he tells his son, “because it is the only portion of this world under your control.” What a strange form of control. Black folks may control their place in the battle, but never with the possibility that they, and in turn their country, may win. … [Read more...] about Book Club: Your Critical Thoughts
Weinstein will no doubt see parallels with his own situations, as Kazan was scorned by much of liberal Hollywood as a result of his testimony. The subject matter of One the Waterfront, in which Marlon Brando’s dock-worker chooses to testify against brutal, conformity-enforcing unions, is often seen as Kazan’s justification of his actions in front of Huac. When Kazan was awarded an honorary Oscar in 1999, with an introduction by fellow director Martin Scorsese, dozens of audience members chose not to applaud and 250 demonstrators picketed the event. … [Read more...] about What might Weinstein’s books mean for his defence?
Enslavement was not destined to end, and it is wrong to claim our present circumstance—no matter how improved—as the redemption for the lives of people who never asked for the posthumous, untouchable glory of dying for their children. Our triumphs can never redeem this. Perhaps our triumphs are not even the point. Perhaps struggle is all we have. So you must wake up every morning knowing that no natural promise is unbreakable, least of all the promise of waking up at all. This is not despair. These are the preferences of the universe itself: verbs over nouns, actions over states, struggle over hope. … [Read more...] about Book Club: More of Your Critical Thoughts
It also helps, especially at a time like this, to abandon the notion of “guilty pleasures” when it comes to reading. If it provides pleasure, it’s sufficient. Whether it’s the murder mystery that’s been dismissed as trashy, or returning to a loved children’s series, or the frothy romance, or whatever else takes your fancy. Let the nuanced prose wait its turn. Let the iconoclastic structure stand in line. … [Read more...] about Books not to read before you die