Duchologia polska: Rzeczy i ludzie w latach transformacji – Olga Drenda

Let's start with a bad translation of the title, to give you an idea what it's about: Polish ghostology: Things and people in the years of transformation. A bad one, I know... but bear with me. The years of transformation in Poland denote the period when communism ended and democracy started, there are no strict …

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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis – J. D. Vance – Quotes

What they mean is that manufacturing jobs have gone overseas and middle-class jobs are harder to come by for people without college degrees. Fair enough - I worry about those things, too. But this book is about something else: what goes on in the lives of real people when the industrial economy goes south. It's …

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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis – J. D. Vance

I read this book a few weeks ago, so to refresh my memory I went through my notes, but I also went on Goodreads, to take a look at some of the comments and reviews. I must admit I did not expect such a heated discussion. Being from Europe and only having been to the …

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The Age of Spectacle: The Rise and Fall of Iconic Architecture – Tom Dyckhoff

Intuitively we all know what the term 'iconic architecture' means, we've seen enough of it to also know that it does not always mean good architecture. Actually, the more investors focus on the iconic aspect the worse the architecture usually becomes. Tom Dyckhoff tries to understand this phenomenon and its origins. It was fun to …

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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft – Stephen King – Quotes

I felt pretty good, actually. When you're still too young to shave, optimism is a perfectly legitimate response to failure. By the time I was fourteen (and shaving twice a week whether I needed to or not) the nail on my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. …

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