by Sylvie Simmons
The biggest challenge in reviewing the book was in separating the author’s work from the life being recounted and it was especially hard as we remembered the man. The recommendation could of course have not been more timely and I for one certainly am glad for having read it at this time over Mr Dylan. Continue reading
by Lee Childs
Last night’s symposium shed little light on Mr Reacher. In fairness, it was chosen as a lighter read to follow the highly appreciated but magnitudinally-challenging biography of Hamilton. In that light I think it passed the bar – although lighter it was also definitely darker. I think the consensus was that it did not masquerade as higher literature, offer intricate plot or character development but it did end up delivering predictable entertainment. Continue reading
by Ron Chernow
We had a short, succinct, deep and efficient meeting tonight affording me the luxury of reporting back promptly.
There was no dissension amongst our compact cabal. As we gushed ver Hamilton we are grateful to Fergal for the suggestion. Continue reading
by Jessie Burton
All reported completed reading The Miniaturist and thanks for the mail in reviews from those not attending.
Reviews came out largely, solidly favourable and despite a few quibbles and this made for a lively discussion. One glaring issue emerged around the title and the character referenced by the title. Continue reading
by Peter Frankopan
Thanks again to Brian for sharing his thoughts in advance. A fine review covering in fine detail aspects which certainly helped stimulate our discussion.
There were mixed, but I think generally favourable reactions to the book as a whole – noting that some were reading it and others having it read to them by a rather poor narrator. Continue reading
The last week found me teasing out techniques for working with sidenotes as alternative to footnotes or endnotes. In a contentually brilliant PhD Dissertation on timelines as a digital collection visualisation tool – I was concurrently impressed by the quality of the layout of the entire dissertation to enhance readability. Florian Kräutli’s dissertation 1 is a great example of having some latitude to take the reader into account and make the content of a PhD dissertation usable beyond merely submitting it to check a box. Continue reading
by hanya yanagihara
As always the spirit of discussion rises above the apparent literary quality of the book discussed. In this case the literary quality is actually not in question and seemed to be generally respected and admired.
However, there was rather a divided house around A Little Life. Continue reading
Thanks all for thoughtful discussion and was very pleased to see the great engagement with Plato’s Socratic Dialogues. I think all expressed pleasure at having read the dialogues – in varying measures. All seemed to have engaged in different ways: attempting to fill gap in allusions from other reading or to take learning from the process and methodology of the discursive method demonstrated. Continue reading
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So what about those hexagons? They were all the rage during the UK General Election last year – the BBC actually constructed a physical jigsaw in their atrium out of them. At the time I mused on there usefulness for providing a pseudo-spatial representation of return data. At the time I was largely positive and have subsequently experimented with their usage in place of heat maps – as in the example below looking at healthcare coverage. On a popular basis they appear to have been a passing fancy with the major media organisations abandoning them just a year later during the UK local and regional elections. I haven’t abandoned them yet myself and found that for the NI election this week they offered a useful sense on the allocation of seats by constituency.