The Avid Reader Show
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The Avid Reader Show

Podcast af Samuel Hankin

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The Avid Reader is a podcast for book lovers. Tune in for interviews, recommendations, and insider news from Sam Hankin, host and owner of independent bookstore Wellington Square Bookshop - www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com 

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episode Episode 752: Joe Fassler - The Sky Was Ours artwork
Episode 752: Joe Fassler - The Sky Was Ours
From prizewinning writer Joe Fassler comes a brilliant modern reimagining of the myth of Daedalus and Icarus as a story of obsession, longing, and the radical pursuit of utopia It’s 2005, and 24-year-old Jane is miserable. Overworked, buried in debt, she senses the life she wanted slipping away—while the world around her veers badly off course, hurtling toward economic and ecological collapse. She wants to find something better. But she has no idea where to start.  In a sudden and unprecedented burst of rebellion, Jane decides to abandon everything she knows, leaving behind her relationships and responsibilities to go on the road. That’s how she meets Barry, a brilliant and charismatic recluse living on an isolated homestead near New York’s Canadian border. For years, in secret, Barry’s chased an unlikely obsession: to build a pair of wings humans can fly in, with designs inspired by an obscure precursor to the Wright Brothers. It’s no mere hobby. He’s convinced his dream of flight will spark a revolution, delivering us from the degradation of modern capitalism and the climate chaos that awaits us.  Jane is captivated by Barry’s radical vision, even as his experiments become more dangerous. But she’s equally drawn to the enigmatic Ike, Barry’s gentle, thoughtful son, who’s known no other reality—and who only wants to keep his father alive, tethered to ground and to reason.  So begins an inventive, dazzlingly beautiful story about the human desire for transcendence—our longing to escape the mundane and glide into a euphoric future. Inspired by the myth of Daedalus and Icarus, The Sky Was Ours is a powerful and imaginative debut that explores the question: If you had access to technology that allowed you to escape the confines of your life, would you use it? And if Barry’s wings really could change the world, would that be freedom? Joe Fassler is a writer and editor based in Denver, Colorado. He is an MFA graduate of the  Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and his fiction has appeared in The Boston Review and Electric Literature. In 2013, Fassler started The Atlantic’s “By Heart” series, in which he interviewed authors—including Stephen King, Elizabeth Gilbert, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, Carmen Maria Machado, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and more—about the literature that shaped their lives and work. That led to editing Light the Dark, a book-length collection that included favorites from “By Heart” alongside new contributions. Fassler’s nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Guardian, Longreads, and The Best American Food Writing. Fassler currently teaches writing at Vermont’s Sterling College. The Sky Was Ours is his first novel. Buy the book from Wellington Square Bookshop - https://www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com/book/9780143135685
23. maj 2024 - 54 min
episode Episode 751: Nick Bantock - The Corset & the Jellyfish: A Conundrum of Drabbles artwork
Episode 751: Nick Bantock - The Corset & the Jellyfish: A Conundrum of Drabbles
The internationally bestselling author of Griffin & Sabine returns with his newest literary mystery--a charming assemblage of his own illustrated stories. Each of the invitingly strange tales is paired with its own glyphic creature (perhaps created by Sabine herself). Little is known of the fascinating manuscript that Nick Bantock has come to possess. It was discovered in an attic in North London, stuffed into a battered cardboard box, and unceremoniously delivered directly to Nick's doorstep. Inside the package lay one hundred evocatively absurd stories, one hundred humorous drawings of strangely familiar, quirkish glyphs, plus a cryptically poetic note signed only as "HH." (Possibly the well-known, eccentric billionaire, Hamilton Hasp?) In these stories-each consisting of precisely 100 words-strange creatures slip through alleyways, and eerie streets swallow people whole. Taken altogether, they may constitute a puzzle that no one has been able to solve thus far. Could there even be one missing story? For those perceptive readers with a curious mind, the celebrated author of Griffin & Sabine cordially invites you to find your own path through his beguiling conundrum of drabbles--or even to contribute one of your very own. Nick Bantock has authored thirty books, including the internationally bestselling Griffin and Sabine series. His works have been translated into thirteen languages. and over five million copies have been sold worldwide. Bantock has worked in a betting shop in the East End of London; trained as a psychotherapist; and designed a house that combined an Indonesian temple, an English cricket pavilion and a New Orleans bordello. He was also one of the twelve committee members responsible for selecting Canada's postage stamps. Among the things Bantock can't do: he can't swim; has never ridden a horse; his spelling is dreadful; and his singing voice is flat as a pancake. Buy the book from Wellington Square Bookshop - https://www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com/book/9781616964078
28. apr. 2024 - 1 h 9 min
episode Episode 750: Harry Cliff - Space Oddities: The Mysterious Anomalies Challenging Our Understanding Of The Universe artwork
Episode 750: Harry Cliff - Space Oddities: The Mysterious Anomalies Challenging Our Understanding Of The Universe
Experimental physicist at CERN and acclaimed science presenter Harry Cliff offers an eye-opening account of the inexplicable phenomena that science has only recently glimpsed, and that could transform our understanding of the fundamental nature of reality. Something strange is going on in the cosmos. Scientists are uncovering a catalogue of weird phenomena that simply can’t be explained by our long-established theories of the universe. Particles with unbelievable energies are bursting from beneath the Antarctic ice.  Unknown forces seem to be tugging on the basic building blocks of matter. Stars are flying away from us far faster than anyone can explain.   After decades of fruitless searching, could we finally be catching glimpses of a profound new view of our physical world? Or are we being fooled by cruel tricks of the data?  In Space Oddities, Harry Cliff, a physicist who does cutting-edge work on the Large Hadron Collider, provides a riveting look at the universe’s most confounding puzzles.  In a journey that spans continents, from telescopes perched high above the Atacama Desert to the subterranean caverns of state-of-the-art particle colliders to balloons hovering over the frozen icesheets of the South Pole, he meets the men and women hunting for answers—who have staked their careers and reputations on the uncertain promise of new physics.  The result is a mind-expanding, of-the-moment look at the fields of physics and cosmology as they transform before us.  With wonder, clarity, and a dose of humor, Cliff investigates the question: Are these anomalies accidents of nature, or could they be pointing us toward vast, hidden worlds? Harry Cliff is a particle physicist based at the University of Cambridge and carries out research with the LHCb experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. He was a curator at the Science Museum, London for seven years and regularly gives public lectures and makes TV and radio appearances. His 2015 TED talk "Have We Reached the End of Physics?" has been viewed nearly 3 million times. Buy the book from Wellington Square Bookshop - https://www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com/book/9780385549035
25. apr. 2024 - 1 h 13 min
episode Episode 749: Richard Schacht - Nietzsche's Kind Of Philosophy: Finding His Way artwork
Episode 749: Richard Schacht - Nietzsche's Kind Of Philosophy: Finding His Way
A holistic reading of Nietzsche’s distinctive thought beyond the “death of God.” In Nietzsche’s Kind of Philosophy, Richard Schacht provides a holistic interpretation of Friedrich Nietzsche’s distinctive thinking, developed over decades of engagement with the philosopher’s work. For Schacht, Nietzsche’s overarching project is to envision a “philosophy of the future” attuned to new challenges facing Western humanity after the “death of God,” when monotheism no longer anchors our understanding of ourselves and our world. Schacht traces the developmental arc of Nietzsche’s philosophical efforts across Human, All Too Human, Daybreak, Joyful Knowing (The Gay Science), Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Beyond Good and Evil, and On the Genealogy of Morality. He then shows how familiar labels for Nietzsche—nihilist, existentialist, individualist, free spirit, and naturalist—prove insufficient individually but fruitful if refined and taken together. The result is an expansive account of Nietzsche’s kind of philosophy. Richard Schacht is emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His many books on European philosophy after Kant include, most recently, Nietzsche’s Kind of Philosophy: Finding His Way, also published by the University of Chicago Press. Buy the book from Wellington Square Bookshop - https://www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com... [https://www.youtube.com/redirect?event=video_description&redir_token=QUFFLUhqazlBNkxsUjRPeEdZM05DMnBXZFI3RGlLRU5xd3xBQ3Jtc0trUmNMNkVWTTQ2MlNUWG1uZHQzVDRRZUZ5d1ppRzJCbmJ0N1V4QXB0LS1aSThtVF9ZcFhCWmJiNFRiTDlpVlEwVEJwOEpWZHNXQXlVR2F1YWsyRlZMaGU3ZTA1NHkzWWdQdWxPVXQ2dXlaa1J1SXhZYw&q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wellingtonsquarebooks.com%2Fbook%2F9780226822853&v=Et6PhhBr0Ls]
04. apr. 2024 - 1 h 8 min
episode Episode 748: Sy Montgomery - Secrets Of The Octopus artwork
Episode 748: Sy Montgomery - Secrets Of The Octopus
Remarkable new discoveries affirm the octopus as one of nature’s most intelligent and complex animals. This new book—written by the beloved author of the international bestseller The Soul of an Octopus, along with Warren Carlyle, founder of Octonation, and enhanced with vivid National Geographic photography—brings us closer than ever to these elusive creatures. The companion to the highly-anticipated National Geographic television special—narrated by Paul Rudd and airing for Earth Day—this beautifully illustrated book explores the alluring underwater world of the octopus—a creature that resembles an alien lifeform, but whose behavior has earned it a reputation as one of the most intelligent animals on the planet.   This magical journey into the world of the octopus will reveal how the large and capable brain of these creatures occupies their whole body–not just their heads—and they can actually adjust their genetic makeup to respond to the demands of the environment. It will allow readers to watch them change shape and color in order to camouflage themselves more effectively than any other species. And it will divulge how octopus mothers give their all in order to bring forth a new generation.   With this offering, acclaimed author Sy Montgomery—known, thanks to her bestselling book, as the “octopus whisperer”—returns to the species she knows and loves, offering current and compassionate stories about the scientists on the front lines of octopus research and conservation.  For all animal lovers—and especially those drawn to this magical marine being—this will be a book to relish, for both its fascinating imagery and its charming storytelling. The author of 31 books for adults and children, topped by the best-selling Soul of an Octopus, Sy Montgomery specializes in animals and conservation. Her titles have earned numerous awards and accolades; Soul of an Octopus was a National Book Award finalist. She holds three honorary doctorates and is often featured in TV and podcast interviews. Her most recent book is Travels in Turtle Time. Now she returns to her special love: the octopus. Montgomery lives in Hancock, New Hampshire.
04. apr. 2024 - 51 min

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