7 books to help resync your watches

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the perks of being a wallflower \ stephen chbosky

January 11th, 2021

Our Man in Charleston \ Christopher Dickey

Christopher Dickey contextualizes the work of American born British Counsel Robert Bunch, an overt agent of the crown. A far cry from Robert Mitchum’s Jason Bourne novels, Dickey frames the history of war as a history of delusions. Once thought to be a reiterate, if not curious, footnote in civil war history; this closer examination of Bunch’s world unveils an unraveling of insurrectionists’ plans for foreign support. Striking directly at the truth of matters, Bunch’s correspondence fact-checking and countering of false realities presented by public officials and political leaders had the effect of outclerking the confederacy. Seeming to collaborate across time and space, Bunch and Dickey’s analysis also measures a madness overcoming antebellum communities; the validation of fear. They describe environments where debate and dissension are discouraged, costs are not calculated, and benefits are fabricated. This book is a timeless example of how the rhetoric of glory disguises the grotesque realities of combat and how promptly we forget the most obvious lessons of history.

Poor Richard’s Almanack \ Ben Franklin et al.

Thou hast better each salt with the philosophers of Greece, than sugar with the courtiers of Italy.

Alan Turing: The Enigma \ Andrew Hodges

Alan Turing had problems. While Andrew Hodges's perspective of events may certainly be read delicious — Turing’s true mind is still a difficult read by both contemporaries and progeny. Where others sometimes miscategorize Turing’s actions as plays by intuition, Hodges takes great stride to layout the professor’s methodical responses to difficult problems. In the book, Turing stands like a statue against the romantic backdrop of a great game. Not always an intentionally difficult person, Turing is presented as a man of fine moral character, known for always playing clean. One example of Alan’s brilliance is the systematic wrinkling of his colleagues’ perspectives during the building of their mythical Bombe; an attempt to catalyze their teamwork. Through Hodges's perspective, the team notes that after overcoming Alan’s perennial social difficulties on the project; their machine is turned on, the digit counters fall, and Turing engenders the first information age. In processing the professor’s full humanity, Hodges exposes even the most intimate details of Alan’s correspondence, including their enrollment in an experimental program that caused the formation of breast tissue. This sometimes painfully honest portrait of human enlightenment glimpses a newer truth of our age: Oppenheimer destroyed an atom, Turing sprouted a universe.

rHEtOric aS a poSt-huMAN (*) \ Casey Boyle

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? How do you get to Carnegie Hall? How do you get to Carnegie Hall? “*,” Massumi writes, “becomes perception.” To speak (#quack) in a technological register, humanism might be best considered as a glItch (A spike) in electrical voltage that produces extreme effects of amplifying certain attributes of a system while attenuating others. Burrowing from Voltaire’s criticisms of religion, Casey Boyle and others thoughtfully deconstruct what it means to be part of a collective species and attempt to contextualize the question, “Wha* happen?”

The Future is History \ Masha Gesen

Picasso had a saying.

Leaves of Grass \ Walt Whitman

WHEN I heard the learn’d astronomer,

Stardust: The David Bowie Story \ Henry Edwards and Tony Zanetta

Sloe graffiti.



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