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05-27-2021, 03:16 PM - 1 Like   #796
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Serenade to the Big Bird by Bert Stiles

A moving and very thoughtful account of the experiences of US bomber crews over Europe in WW2.Had he lived longer there are signs Bert Stiles would have become a great writer,another sad loss to the futility of war.
I'll have to add this one to the list. I just finished The Wild Blue by Stephen E. Ambrose, which documents the B-24 bombers and their (very young) crews over WW2 Germany.

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A favourite author, I recall taking out his Jeeves/Wooster books from the library a number of times. I finally broke down and bought myself P.G. Wodehouse's The World of Jeeves.

Also enjoyed the English TV series... it was called Jeeves and Wooster.

My rating on this TV show has to be....'Well done, old boy...well done. '
I must watch some episodes, Les ... in my head, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie would be the dream cast anyway!
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I must watch some episodes, Les ... in my head, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie would be the dream cast anyway!
I think you'll enjoy it. Jeeves is Fry, Wooster, Laurie.

I think Laurie's uncle was John Laurie of Dad's Army.
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Andrea Camilleri - Inspector Montabalno Series - "The Snack Thief"

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Jordan Peterson's "12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos" ... I'm rather long in years to be reading something like this, I suppose, but it's an interesting reflection on how I might have avoided some of life's pitfalls in the past, and it's never too late to learn and benefit from new ideas

Opinions on the author seem to be polarised, and I can understand why many don't like him... but a good amount of that is, I think, due to his frankness. He doesn't sugar-coat the ideas he presents and opinions he holds, and that can offend some folks. I don't agree with all he has to say, but he's an intelligent, well-read, passionate, principled and all-round fascinating character... not to mention a capable writer. For me, that makes him worth reading.

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I'll have to add this one to the list. I just finished The Wild Blue by Stephen E. Ambrose, which documents the B-24 bombers and their (very young) crews over WW2 Germany.
I havenít read The Wild Blue Paul and will look it out.

I obviously know Stephen Ambrose from Band of Brothers and I also really enjoyed Pegasus Bridge about one of the opening actions of the D-Day invasion, a crucial operation which limited the Germans the ability to counter attack.
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Longitude by Dava Sobel just arrived to my mailbox. Can't wait to get into it.
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Longitude by Dava Sobel just arrived to my mailbox. Can't wait to get into it.

Itís on my nightstand, about half way through it.
Great read, especially if youíre fond of watches and timekeeping!




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Andrea Camilleri - Inspector Montabalno Series - "Excursion to Tindari"
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I really like Peterson. There are lots of good videos of him on YouTube, too....talks and lectures.
I've watched quite a lot of them, including a few from his own channel. His recent discussion with Stephen Fry - someone else I have a lot of respect for, but who differs with Peterson on a number of points, not least religion - was excellent...
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Yes, its nice to watch individuals who at least make the effort to be free thinkers. Seem to be in the minority right now, though.
I imagine thereís a fair correlation between people who read widely and people who think rationally, and I reckon thatís always been a minority. Iím not sure what the boundaries of ďfree thinkingĒ are, but irrationality tends to go with thinking in the absence of any rigorous analysis and depth of experience.

I read Jordan Petersenís ď12 RulesĒ, but it didnít strike me as particularly original, for all its value as a tutorial for young people, young men in particular.
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I imagine there’s a fair correlation between people who read widely and people who think rationally, and I reckon that’s always been a minority. I’m not sure what the boundaries of “free thinking” are, but irrationality tends to go with thinking in the absence of any rigorous analysis and depth of experience.

I read Jordan Petersen’s “12 Rules”, but it didn’t strike me as particularly original, for all its value as a tutorial for young people, young men in particular.
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It might not be original, though I don't know what book written at this time would be, but it did strike a chord with me. Of course, I'm young....not a male but still young so I guess I fit the target audience. Being surrounded by a 'we must all think alike' mentality is nothing new, I'm sure, but I can only exist in and react to my own time and my own world. I enjoy reading anyone who expresses their own ideas well, without fear of upsetting the popular opinion. I'm still branching out with my own education and so far Thomas Paine has been my favorite because he seemed to be so right across every page but Ive found alot to think about in Orwell and Peterson and even Chomsky and others. I just keep reading and reading and try to think as deeply as I can about each topic.
Peterson's pretty forthcoming about his influences - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Carl Jung, Friedrich Nietzsche, George Orwell, Jean Piaget, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, etc. Of those I'm at least partially familiar with, I definitely recognise some of their ideas in his written and spoken material. Whatever building blocks he's incorporated, though, he's developed his understanding and beliefs with both exhaustive research and extensive clinical practice.

What I particularly like and respect is that he seems not just willing but eager to continually modify his understanding through the input and argument of other modern thinkers at all levels; that, plus - of course - his frankness and courage in voicing uncomfortable and sometimes contentious views at a time when so-called "cancel culture" discourages divergence from the popular narrative (though he might benefit from a tad more diplomacy on occasion ).

I'll say again, I don't agree with him on a number of matters... but I believe he's setting a great example (especially for younger folks) and I think there's value in his writing, if only to make the reader consider and challenge his or her own ideas.

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QuoteOriginally posted by BigMackCam Quote
Jordan Peterson's "12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos" ... I'm rather long in years to be reading something like this, I suppose, but it's an interesting reflection on how I might have avoided some of life's pitfalls in the past, and it's never too late to learn and benefit from new ideas

Opinions on the author seem to be polarised, and I can understand why many don't like him... but a good amount of that is, I think, due to his frankness. He doesn't sugar-coat the ideas he presents and opinions he holds, and that can offend some folks. I don't agree with all he has to say, but he's an intelligent, well-read, passionate, principled and all-round fascinating character... not to mention a capable writer. For me, that makes him worth reading.

I've been meaning to read something by him so I'll trust your recommendation. I suspect I'm likely to disagree with him about various things, but then I'm a firm believer that the only way to test out whether my own ideas are any good or not is to consider other well-reasoned positions.

In the meantime I'm re-reading the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, to remind myself that just getting angry with those who I think are wrong doesn't get any of us anywhere useful.
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Hitler Was My Friend by Heinrich Hoffman. Im sick at the moment and when I'm sick I go straight for the light-weight, gossipy books. Just a nice, comforting read without having to delve into serious history. And I always enjoy photographs from this period of history
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