Highlights from Thoughts Are Things (William Walker Atkinson)

From our journey through random or quality (or random quality) books, here are some highlights from William Walker Atkinson’s Thoughts Are Things (1889).

Emphasis as it appears in the original work may be missing, and our own edits, though marked, may be broad. Important: By sharing these highlights we neither endorse nor recommend respective authors and their views. Assume that we know little of the authors, and that we have nuanced views on the matter—as with all our book recommendations.

Thoughts Are Things

The first reading of this book will serve as but a mere “taste” of its contents.

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Midnight Fog: Poems and Platitudes (A.Y. Greyson)

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Midnight Fog: Poems and Platitudes

“Midnight Fog is an ode to the sadness and anger we’ve all felt. To lost loves and broken hearts and senseless betrayals, and of course, to hope.”

New Books Playground says: Midnight Fog: Poems and Platitudes is a beautiful work of poetry. Happy Holidays everyone. Continue reading…

The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)

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The Old Man and the Sea

“The last novel Ernest Hemingway saw published, The Old Man and the Sea has proved itself to be one of the enduring works of American fiction. It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Using the simple, powerful language of a fable, Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth-century classic.”

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The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results (Gary Keller)

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The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

You want less. You want fewer distractions and less on your plate. The daily barrage of e-mails, texts, tweets, messages, and meetings distract you and stress you out. The simultaneous demands of work and family are taking a toll. And what’s the cost? Second-rate work, missed deadlines, smaller paychecks, fewer promotions—and lots of stress. And you want more. You want more productivity from your work. More income for a better lifestyle. Continue reading…

Back on Earth (Mark Andrew Heathcote)

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Back on Earth

“This is a collection of breath-taking poetry and prose, which is packed with a cacophony of emotions. The author is masterful in poetic metaphor, often using birds, flowers and nature as an effective method of telling a heart’s story. The deep emotions of the writer will not be missed, but rather felt in a profound way, with imagery so strong, that the reader easily identifies with what the poet is saying. Mark muses on subject matter which addresses ageing, fading love, love’s rebirth, peace, harmony, and the consuming emotions of rage and love, locked in a poet’s heart. Continue reading…

Flatland (Edwin A. Abbot)

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Flatland

“Flatland is a two-dimensional world of geometric figures. The narrator is a square, which makes him a member of the professionals. He has a dream about a one-dimensional world of lustrous points called Lineland. He trys to convince the Lineland King of a second dimension but it is impossible for the King to see outside of his straight line. A Sphere visits Flatland once each millennium to train a new apostle of the existence of Spaceland a three dimensional world. The Square cannot comprehend a third dimension until he sees Spaceland for himself. Continue reading…

Why We Should Go Vegan (Magnus Vinding)

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Why We Should Go Vegan

“Should we go vegan?

The unambiguous conclusion of this short book is ‘yes.’ This conclusion is reached through a broad examination of the consequences of our not being vegan—both in relation to human health, environmental pollution, the risk of the spread of diseases, and in relation to the beings we exploit and kill. On all these levels the conclusion is clear: We have no good reason to not go vegan, while we have many good reasons to stop our practice of raising, killing and eating non-human animals and things from them. Continue reading…

Free Thought and Official Propaganda (Bertrand Russell)

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Free Thought and Official Propaganda

“This is the Conway memorial lecture, delivered by Mr. Russell at South Place Institute, London, 24 March, 1922.

Moncure Conway, in whose honour we are assembled to-day, devoted his life to two great objects: freedom of thought and freedom of the individual. In regard to both these objects, something has been gained since his time, but something also has been lost. New dangers, somewhat different in form from those of past ages, threaten both kinds of freedom, and unless a vigorous and vigilant public opinion can be aroused in defence of them, there will be much less of both a hundred years hence than there is now. Continue reading…

Thoughts on Design (Paul Rand)

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Thoughts on Design

“One of the seminal texts of graphic design, Paul Rand’s Thoughts on Design is now available for the first time since the 1970s. Writing at the height of his career, Rand articulated in his slender volume the pioneering vision that all design should seamlessly integrate form and function. This facsimile edition preserves Rand’s original 1947 essay with the adjustments he made to its text and imagery for a revised printing in 1970, and adds only an informative and inspiring new foreword by design luminary Michael Bierut. Continue reading…

Highlights from The Elements of Style (William Strunk Jr.)

From our journey through random or quality (or random quality) books, here are some highlights from William Strunk Jr.’s The Elements of Style (1920).

Emphasis as it appears in the original work may be missing, and our own edits, though marked, may be broad. Important: By sharing these highlights we neither endorse nor recommend respective authors and their views. Assume that we know little of the authors, and that we have nuanced views on the matter—as with all our book recommendations.

Elementary Rules of Usage

The Elements of Style

1. Form the possessive singular of nouns by adding ’s.

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