Books for the Lockdown – Wise and Calming

Week three, how are you all doing? After last week’s dystopian and depressing list, I thought you may be in the mood for something more uplifting. So this week we’ll look at the wise and calming books. Those that transport you, help put things in perspective or focus your mind on other things. A Gentleman …

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Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages – Gaston Dorren

I got the Polish version of this book as a gift from my mother. It is beautifully published with a cover showing 20 cats sitting on the word 'cat' in each of the twenty languages. At just over 400 pages it is not exactly a short read, but the way Dorren writes about languages makes …

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Never Use Futura/Wystrzegaj się Futury – Douglas Thomas

The original English title of this book is Never Use Futura. I got the Polish version from my mum as a gift. In a book about a typeface, you would assume the physical side will be important and it is. The Polish edition faithfully following the standards set by Princeton Architectural Press. Each font used …

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Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety – Alan W. Watts – Quotes

It maintains that this insecurity is the result of trying to be secure, and that, contrariwise, salvation and sanity consist in the most radical recognition that we have no way of saving ourselves. There is, then, the feeling that we live in a time of unusual insecurity. In the past hundred years so many long-established …

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Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety – Alan W. Watts

The principal thing is to understand that there is no safety or security. I bought this book last April when I was in New York for work. It was a really unstable time and even though I would normally steer clear of this type of book (or any books I perceive as self-help ones) I …

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Why the Dutch are Different – Ben Coates – Quotes

it was easy to agree with the German poet Heinrich Heine, who allegedly said that if a war ever broke out he would head straight for the Netherlands, because 'everything happens fifty years later there'. Initially, I had been under the vague impression that it was one of those eco-friendly countries where environmental protection was …

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Why the Dutch are Different? – Ben Coates

I rarely, or never write here about politics. But this time I need to briefly mention Brexit to explain how I came about this book. In October with my Bigger Half we were going for a vacation in Crete. At that time the Brexit deadline was, very appropriately, Halloween. Understandably we had multiple discussions where …

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