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  1. Book Review - Travels in Hyperreality

    I've been on an Umberto Eco kick recently, dipping through his fiction bestsellers The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum. I've just finished Travels in Hyperreality, a collection of Eco's essays from the 1960's through the 80's.

    The centerpiece of the book is ...

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  2. Lessons Learned to 2014

    Another year, and another reflection on the bits of wisdom hard-earned and learned.

    Be your own personal Santa Claus

    It was after reading the 'Hedonism Handbook' I started to realise I didn't expend much effort in keeping myself happy. I get by with fairly simple needs, all told, but ...

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  3. Review: Nick Hornby's Believer book reviews

    Books:

    • The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
    • More Baths Less Talking by Nick Hornby
    • Housekeeping vs. The Dirt by Nick Hornby
    • Shakespeare Wrote For Money by Nick Hornby

    I read anywhere between 50-200 books a year, and while that might seem a lot, I still purchase and borrow books at ...

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  4. Review: Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

    Classics of any genre can be unapproachable simply by being deemed 'classics.' It's accidental - because of their (possibly ill-deserved) popularity they are often spoiled by well-meaning readers. Or perhaps someone doesn't spoil the book exactly, but gives so thorough a synopsis that the urge to read the book ...

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