Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words, Randall Munroe

Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple WordsThing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words by Randall Munroe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love the conceit of this book – fun graphics explaining scientific and physical phenomenon with a limited word set.

That said – I generally do like complex books with a varied and specific vocabulary.

Wonderful as an exercise, and I think I might experiment a little with Simple Writer, a tool he has for composing writing using the same limited word set.

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Tears & Saints, Emil Cioran

Tears and SaintsTears and Saints by Emil M. Cioran
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cioran remains, as always, a brilliant writer. However I connected most with this book when it verged away from hagiography and god, and towards sadness and death.

In the dark clarity around sadness, around loneliness, around death, Cioran remains – peerless.

Each aphorism bursts with the precision and pulchritude of a struck tuning fork.

There were some unexpected gems about music that I was not expecting in a book of saints and tears.

Only a must read for the Cioran completist, or for those who want to read of the tears that fill saint’s hearts.

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