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Book notes: Four Thousand Weeks

Finished Reading: Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman πŸ“š This wasn’t a time management book at all. Rather, it was a philosophical overview of the shortness of life and related implications. A few quotes I liked: From thinking about time in the abstract, it’s natural to start treating it as a resource, something to be bought and sold and used as efficiently as possible, like coal or iron or any other raw material.

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Writing Journal: Variations on Third Person

Some additional notes on authorial voice and point of view: In her bookSteering the Craft, Ursula Le Guin says: Voice is a word critics often use when discussing narrative. It’s always metaphorical, since what’s written is voiceless until read aloud. Often ‘voice’ is a kind of shorthand for authenticity. … I’m using it pragmatically to mean ‘the voice or voices that tell the story’, the narrating voice. Further along, Le Guin divides the omniscient viewpoint into two:

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Book Notes: The Point of Vanishing

Finished Reading: The Point of Vanishing: A Memoir of Two Years in Solitude by Howard Axelrod πŸ“š This memoir is a modern echo of Thoreau’s Walden, and because it takes place in the nineties, a time I’m familiar with, I found it more accessible than its famous predecessor. The writing was deeply evocative and at times, quite moving. It was interesting to see how extended solitude impacted his perception and emotional life, and how his ‘new way of seeing’ butted up against expectations from friends, family, and strangers when he returned from the woods.

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Book Notes: The Scout Mindset

Finished Reading: The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t by Julia Galef πŸ“š This book is about how to think more clearly. Here are three passages I liked: Intelligence and knowledge are just tools. You can use those tools to help you see the world clearly, if that’s what you’re motivated to do. Or you can use them to defend a particular viewpoint, if you’re motivated to do that instead.

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