Archive for the Observation Category

‘Sorry, Not Beautiful.’

Posted in Observation with tags , , , , , , , on July 2, 2022 by Jarrod Boyle

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It is not necessary to be a professional athlete training twice a day, for four hours a day, to achieve these outcomes.

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‘Sorry, Not Beautiful.’

Posted in Observation with tags , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2022 by Jarrod Boyle

No doubt we were all amused this week by the back-and-forth between Sports Illustrated cover model Yumi Nu and Jordan Peterson.

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Thomas Hardy: Character is Fate in ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’

Posted in Fiction, Observation, Reading with tags , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2022 by Jarrod Boyle

‘Character is fate, said Novalis, and Farfrae’s character was just the reverse of Henchard’s, who might not be inaptly described as Faust has been described – as a vehement gloomy being who had quitted the ways of vulgar men without light to guide him on a better way.’

Thomas Hardy,

The Mayor of Casterbridge,

P. 131

While reading The Mayor of Casterbridge this morning, I saw something that I did not like: myself.

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Stolen Focus: Recovering the Sense of Flow

Posted in Observation, Pretensions toward cultural theory with tags , , , , , on May 1, 2022 by Jarrod Boyle

I’ve been reading a bit about the effect of the smart phone on the attention span, and I must confess, I recognise a number of Johann Hari’s observations in my own behaviour.

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Brave New World: Beware the Philosopher

Posted in Observation, Pretensions toward cultural theory, Reading with tags , , , , , on December 26, 2021 by Jarrod Boyle

I think Brave New World is the best science fiction book ever, definitely the most prescient. Huxley was writing in the early 1930’s with Stalin and Hitler around, but what he was envisioning was our present.

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The Dark Side of Unconditional Love

Posted in Observation with tags , on April 8, 2021 by Jarrod Boyle

Anyone who has been abused by a family member, or a partner, understands unconditional love.

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Flannery O’Connor Hates You

Posted in Observation, Pretensions toward cultural theory with tags , , , , , , on March 20, 2021 by Jarrod Boyle

I’d never read Flannery O’Connor until lockdown. I’d seen her listed as one of the outstanding writers of the twentieth century, specifically in terms of her short stories. I had time on my hands, so I bought her collected works.

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The Devils – A User’s Guide

Posted in Fiction, Observation, Reading with tags , , , , , on August 26, 2020 by Jarrod Boyle

What’s it about?

What amounts to a terrorist cell in mid-nineteenth century Russia and its effect on a small fictional town of Dostoyevsky’s invention.

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Hitler, By Joachim Fest

Posted in Biography, Observation with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2020 by Jarrod Boyle

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Now, more than ever, this is a book that needs to be read. Continue reading

Is ‘Joker’ the Best Film of 2019?

Posted in Film, Observation, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 26, 2019 by Jarrod Boyle

 

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“Hitler, as the point of convergence for so many nostalgias, resentments and anxieties, became a historical figure.”

– Joachim Fest, Hitler

In the wake of the Sandy Hook School Shooting in 2012, President Obama gave a press conference during which he beseeched Americans to support the introduction of basic mental health screenings for gun buyers. Continue reading

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