Harry Potter and the End of Chapter 3

Earlier this week, J K Rowling posted this on Twitter: Quite coincidentally, a couple of days earlier I’d just started doing what the sign said I shouldn’t; rereading Harry Potter…

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The danger of a single story

A fascinating TED talk from Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie … Some of her books:           You’ll find another TED talk from her here, and commentaries on…

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Hypnotist hypnotises himself

Book review Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter by Scott Adams (My rating: click here.) The basic premise of Scott Adams latest book, written during and…

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Famous Razors

Razors aren’t just for shaving. In philosophy, a razor is a rule of thumb that allows for the elimination (the “shaving off”) of unlikely explanations. The most famous is Occam’s…

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The stages of a reader

Another delightful cartoon from Grant Snider:

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“A little lesbian joke …”

The Bechdel test — sometimes called the Bechdel-Wallace test — began as “a little lesbian joke in an alternative feminist newspaper” back in 1985. Posed in a comic strip by…

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Advice from J K Rowling

When J K Rowling spotted a Twitter comment from @beauty_jackson that read: “HEY! YOU! You’re working on something and you’re thinking ‘Nobody’s gonna watch, read, listen’. Finish it anyway.” she…

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Context is everything! Cats and dogs in the Bible

I spotted this quote in a magazine this week … “The dog is mentioned in the Bible 18 times — the cat not even once.” –W E Farbstein, on the…

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Literary Putdowns

In America, only the successful writer is important, in France all writers are important, in England no writer is important, and in Australia you have to explain what a writer…

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Stephen Fry vs. Grammar nazis

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