Cień w Cień. Za Cieniem Zuzanny Ginczanki – Jarosław Mikołajewski

A literal translation of the title would be something like this: Shadow Chasing Shadow. It is a story of what you may call a lyrical investigation. Mikołajewski throughout his life was fascinated by Zuzanna Ginczanka. Ginczanka was a Polish-Jewish poet, born in 1917, she was executed during the Second World War, at the age of …

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Q2 2020 round-up

Wow! We're six months into the year! Halfway...and four months at home. I hope you all are doing well and staying safe. Life certainly has changed in the last months, moods vary, some days are ok, others not so much. Travelling feels like a distant dream, but I don't give up and keep hoping to …

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Death is Hard Work – Khaled Khalifa – Quotes

Our final moments in this life aren't generally an appropriate time for clear-eyed reflection; indeed, they always find us at our most sentimental. A silent funeral is a funeral stripped of all its awe, Bolbol thought. Rites and rituals meant nothing now. For the first time, everyone was truly equal in death. [...]it allowed him …

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How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems – Randall Munroe

Another one of the accidental BookPeople buys. Sometimes I like a book that seems to be about nothing in particular. And this one looked like a good match. A book to stretch your mind and have some fun. Randall Munroe is a cartoonist and an engineer. The book combines both of his gifts seamlessly. With …

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Forbidden Nation: A History of Taiwan – Jonathan Manthorpe

I must admit I am a typical product of Western education, completely oblivious to almost all of Asia's history, but for the most momentous events. So when my Taiwanese-Canadian friend asked me what I would like to get for a 'not-so-secret' Santa I asked for a book about Taiwan. When she talks about the island's …

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