1. #4 Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    Mon 14 January 2019 By Andrew McConachie

    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert Pirsig

    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    When I was a freshman at University I only had one friend. I was incredibly gregarious in high school, but when I got to Uni I decided it best to buckle down, be anti-social and focus on getting good grades …

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  2. #3 The Great Transformation

    Mon 07 January 2019 By Andrew McConachie

    The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time, by Karl Polanyi

    The Great Transformation

    I like reading economic histories and this book is the best economic history I've ever read. I'm not alone in this opinion, The Great Transformation is widely recognized as one of the best works on the …

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  3. #2 An Interventionist Pairing

    Wed 02 January 2019 By Andrew McConachie

    Use of Weapons, by Iain M Banks

    The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government, by David Talbot

    Use of Weapons The Devil's Chessboard

    Our next pairing features a work of fiction and a biography.

    Use of Weapons is set in Banks' Culture universe and features a protagonist hired by …

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  4. #1 A Metaphorical Pairing

    Thu 27 December 2018 By Andrew McConachie

    Metaphors We Live By (1980) & Philosophy in the Flesh (1999)

    Both by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson

    "Metaphors We Live By" Philosophy in the Flesh"

    I've written enough on this blog about my experiences with metaphors. I've even written on this blog how these two books have influenced me. We're not going to rehash any of that.

    Instead …

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  5. The Books that Most Influenced Me

    Thu 27 December 2018 By Andrew McConachie

    2018 is winding down and coming to an end, and like I did at the end of 2017 I thought it would be interesting to revisit some the media I consumed in 2018 and list some of the best bits. That was the plan. Then a friend of mine nominated …

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