April Word of Mouth

Coffins of Khnum-Nakht and Nakht-Ankh, photo courtesy of the Manchester Museum

DNA: 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummies were thought to be brothers. Genetics tells a different story — Ben Guarino, Washington Post

Non-Fiction: The Bridge to Brilliance: How One Woman and One Community Are Inspiring the World — Nadia Lopez and Rebecca Paley

Fiction: Improvement Joan Silber

Productivity: The 12-Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months — Brian Moran

Music: Blue Soul — Blue Mitchell Sextet

TV: Jessica Jones — Melissa Rosenberg

Podcast: The Good Fight — Yascha Mounck

Ancient Inspiration: “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”

Meditations, 8.47 — Marcus Aurelius

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March Word of Mouth

 

Delight: A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food — David Downie

Non-Fiction: Women and Power: A Manifesto –– Mary Beard

Non-Fiction: So You Want to Talk About Race — Ijeoma Oluo

Strategy: How life Imitates Chess: Making the Right Moves, from the Board to the Boardroom Garry Kasparov

TV: False Flag — Amit Cohen, Maria Feldman

 

Song: O Menina Dança –Novos Baianos

Not so ancient inspiration: A cynical young person is almost the saddest sight to see, because it means that he or she has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.  Maya Angelou

February Word of Mouth

Fiction: You Know Who You Are  Ben Dolnick

Non-fiction: Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom — Thomas Ricks

Website: SorryWatch — Susan McCarthy and Marjorie Ingall

TV: Fauda –Avi Issacharoff and Lior Raz

Podcast: This Podcast Has Fleas — Koyalee Chanda and Adam Pelzman

Music: Serie Platano — Los Indios Tabajaras

 

 

Not-So-Ancient Inspiration: 

“Patience is not very different from courage. It just takes longer.” — James Richardson

 

November Word of Mouth

Non-fiction: Give Work: Reversing Poverty One Job at a Time — Leila Janah

How To Be on the Right Side of History: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century — Timothy Snyder

Memoir/Guide: The Constant Choice: an Everyday Journey from Evil Toward Good — Peter Georgescu

Fiction: Headlong — Michael Frayn

Music: Tradition in Transition — Quantic and His Combo Bárbaro

Podcast: Trumpcast — Slate

Ancient Inspiration: “Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit, because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure.”

— Publius Cornelius Tacitus (56–117 CE)

 

July Word of Mouth

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Music: Guilt By Association Volume IV: 1966 — Various artists

 

Creativity: The Path of Least Resistance — Robert Fritz

 

TV: Grantchester — Daisy Coulam

 

 

Not-So-Ancient Inspiration: “The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

Martin Luther King, Jr., from Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, with thanks to Rene for the reference.

 

 

 

June Word of Mouth

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Children’s Picture Book: Mr. ParticularJason Kirschner

Fiction: Red April Santiago Roncagliolo

Memoir: The Bridge LadiesBetsy Lerner

Documentary: My Italian Secret Oren Jacoby

TV: Occupied — Karianne Lund,  Jo Nesbø,  Erik Skjoldbjærg. Netflix.

Writing: The Clockwork MuseEviator Zerubavel

Not-So-Ancient Inspiration: “The bad thing about all religions is that, instead of being able to confess their allegorical nature, they have to conceal it; accordingly, they parade their doctrines in all seriousness as true sensu proprio, and as absurdities form an essential part of these doctrines we have the great mischief of a continual fraud. Nay, what is worse, the day arrives when they are no longer true sensu proprio, and then there is an end of them; so that, in that respect, it would be better to admit their allegorical nature at once. But the difficulty is to teach the multitude that something can be both true and untrue at the same time. Since all religions are in a greater or less degree of this nature, we must recognise the fact that mankind cannot get on without a certain amount of absurdity, that absurdity is an element in its existence, and illusion indispensable; as indeed other aspects of life testify.”

Arthur Schopenhauer, from “The Christian System” in Religion: A Dialogue, and Other Essays, (1910) as translated by Thomas Bailey Saunders, p. 106.