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Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:55 am
by swampash
Next on my list Pikey - the wife is just finishing reading it.
BTW, did anyone read 'The Many' by Wyl Menmuir?

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:33 pm
by swampash
Just finished reading Milkman Pikey.
Really enjoyed it. Awesome piece of writing. Quite exceptional.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:52 am
by Pikey McScum
swampash wrote:
6 months ago
Just finished reading Milkman Pikey.
Really enjoyed it. Awesome piece of writing. Quite exceptional.
I'm going to finish it over the weekend Swamps (hopefully - realistically there'll be a sequel out by the time I'm finished lol)

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:10 pm
by swampash
Add Lincoln in Bardo to the list. Truly exceptional piece of writing.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Tue Dec 24, 2019 1:14 pm
by swampash
Just finishing Raynor Winn's The Salt Path.Homeless hikers. Not bad.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:45 am
by swampash
Enjoying reading Compton Mackenzie's Whisky Galore at the moment.
Over Christmas also got through a few other good reads.
Finally got around to reading Harpers Lees's To Kill a Mocking Bird. Truly excellent; one of the best books ever written.
Also Catherine Honeyman's The Orderly Entrepreneur - interesting account of the Rwandan Government's difficulties with introducing entrepreneurship into the national curriculum and how the pupils rejected the idea it was a legitimate academic subject. Flawed in parts - how can you write a book about entrepreneurship without first nailing what it is? - but worth reading. And Sid you'd like it for its assertion that the decision being part of a neoliberal plot.
Also just read Blood Salt Water by Denise Mina. I'm not an avid crime thriller reader, but glad I read this. Another very good piece of writing.
Also read Sally Rooney's Normal People. First half was interesting, but by the time I'd finished it I couldn't see what all the fuss is about. Quite disappointing and very derivative of better books.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:03 pm
by Sid
swampash wrote:
1 month ago
Enjoying reading Compton Mackenzie's Whisky Galore at the moment.
Over Christmas also got through a few other good reads.
Finally got around to reading Harpers Lees's To Kill a Mocking Bird. Truly excellent; one of the best books ever written.
Also Catherine Honeyman's The Orderly Entrepreneur - interesting account of the Rwandan Government's difficulties with introducing entrepreneurship into the national curriculum and how the pupils rejected the idea it was a legitimate academic subject. Flawed in parts - how can you write a book about entrepreneurship without first nailing what it is? - but worth reading. And Sid you'd like it for its assertion that the decision being part of a neoliberal plot.
Also just read Blood Salt Water by Denise Mina. I'm not an avid crime thriller reader, but glad I read this. Another very good piece of writing.
Also read Sally Rooney's Normal People. First half was interesting, but by the time I'd finished it I couldn't see what all the fuss is about. Quite disappointing and very derivative of better books.
Class from the kids. They want to teach entrepreneurship in schools so kids are more valuable to capitalism. But it's not academia. Shit like space and microbes are academia. Learning how to run a business and make a load of dosh isn't.

Interesting how Rwanda rejected it. Here it would be embraced.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:51 am
by swampash
Yup, agree that Sid. Honeyman tries to establish a link between neoliberalism and the teaching strategy, which doesn't quite work for me. She tends to assert it rather than prove it.
Interesting there is robust academic evidence that a general education correlates better with later entrepreneurial endeavour than specific entrepreneurship training [the real distinction is between what is termed general human capital versus specific human capital].
The book is still worth reading though.

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:03 am
by Pikey McScum
Pikey McScum wrote:
2 months ago
swampash wrote:
6 months ago
Just finished reading Milkman Pikey.
Really enjoyed it. Awesome piece of writing. Quite exceptional.
I'm going to finish it over the weekend Swamps (hopefully - realistically there'll be a sequel out by the time I'm finished lol)
Still haven't fucking finished it.....!

Re: What are you reading?

Posted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:04 am
by Sid
swampash wrote:
1 month ago
Yup, agree that Sid. Honeyman tries to establish a link between neoliberalism and the teaching strategy, which doesn't quite work for me. She tends to assert it rather than prove it.
Interesting there is robust academic evidence that a general education correlates better with later entrepreneurial endeavour than specific entrepreneurship training [the real distinction is between what is termed general human capital versus specific human capital].
The book is still worth reading though.
Yeah well it's that age old debate about education. The right have long wanted to get rid of "useless" subjects and cut to the chase aka solely subjects, skills etc that benefit capital or can be monetized. Learning for learning's sake isn't valued, like when Thatcher said "what a luxury" to a student who said they were studying norse literature. Education to improve ones knowledge, intelligence, to better human understanding, to learn valuable lessons, to learn more about how and why we exist on this perilous rock isn't valued - unless ultimately shareholders can extract some value from it. The point of human existence to the capitalist is to generate money, of exponential growth. And they're constantly lobbying governments to try change curriculum's to achieve this.

Like research in space... It's now heavily about monetizing it from space tourism to mining rocks floating about that are littered with diamonds and other precious materials. Gone is the original motivation of human endeavour, exploration, the basic human instinct to learn about new things...

Anyway that's my anti capitalist rant done for this month