International Turtle and Tortoise Week 2017, Day 2 (Day 1 here)
Some people think turtles and tortoises are slow and boring. They couldn’t be more wrong! Just look at these pictures (and me)! Sliders have beautiful bright stripes, the Central American ornate wood turtle has gorgeous patterns on its shell, and who could call the matamata boring?! I got so excited about the matamata that I faceplanted on it!
We’d also like to take a moment for an important reminder to all the turtle and tortoise keepers out there: Proper care is critical! We turtles and tortoises may be quiet, but we can and do feel pain when we are kept in improper conditions. Do your research!
P.S. Thank you to @qvoro for gifting us this book many years ago!
ok first of all i want to start off by saying, i actually really genuinely enjoyed this book. it’s about 270 pages, so it’s a fairy light and easy read. it took me a few weeks to finish though because i just didn’t have any time to read it in one sitting. but besides that, i really like susan bordo’s writing style, i read one of her other books (’unbearable weight’ in one of women & gender studies classes) a few years ago. the book focuses primarily on the 2016 election (written from a feminist perspective) and that factors that inevitably went in to hillary losing an election that was considered unlosable. she breaks it down into the merciless right wing attacks, the left becoming susceptible to believing those attacks, the younger generation of voters who considered the two candidates to be equally as bad and thus became apathetic, and of course the media. in the intro susan explains, “it’s a central premise of this book that the hillary clinton who was defeated in the 2016 election was, indeed, not a real person at all, but a caricature forged out of the stew of unexamined sexism, unprincipled partisanship, irresponsible politics, and a mass media too absorbed in optics to pay enough attention to separating facts from rumors, lies, and speculation.“ i know there’s several op-eds and think pieces already out there on the hillary double standard and specifically sexism in politics (sady doyle is probably my favorite author for that, you should check out her trainwreck series on hrc- it’s a good read as well!) but this book in particular was incredibly insightful and interesting considering it only came out a few months after the election. she was able to take all the factors that we speculated went into hrc’s loss and her unlikable/untrustworthy narrative and have it all make sense in terms of her eventual defeat. the book also serves as a sort of cautionary tale that will hopefully make voters aware of the forces that went into hillary’s loss and that those forces don’t repeat themselves with any future female candidates. it’s definitely worth reading!
Five books you should read to learn more about creativity
What five books should you read if you want to learn more about creativity but have no idea where to start?
I’ve read a lot of books centralized around the concept of creative thinking over the last ten years. Everything from the psychology or creativity to how some of histories greatest artists utilized it in their work and lives.
When I first started learning about creativity I had no idea what the word meant, but that’s changed quite a lot over the last few years of reading and researching and writing on the subject.
I’ve come to learn that creativity is our capacity to generate novel and useful ideas, and that it ultimately comes down to our perspective and what we do with it. To adjust our perspectives—and to expose ourselves to new ones—in ways that spur and inspire creativity, we must be open to new experiences, willing to take on new challenges and look outside of constraints, have grit and be motivated, and remain ever curious.
Within these five books I believe you can get everything you need to know about creativity at some primary level. In no particular order, here are the five books I’d recommend for anyone just starting out in the realm of creativity.
The Kelley brothers have struggled for many years to learn what it takes to encourage people to think differently about the world and the work each of us do within it. In their book, the brothers emphasize a few key lessons about creativity that drive home the importance of play, curiosity, and confidence.
Described as “a crash course on creativity,” Stanford University’s Tina Seelig demystifies much of what creativity has been known for over the past few decades. She not only uses clear language to define creativity, but gives examples and actionable take-sways that make this book a must-have for creative thinkers.
Nussbaum takes a more scientific approach to what we know about the mind and how creativity bridges the gap between imagination and intelligence. The book is a bit more technically daunting, but is highly rewarding in that it will energize you to think creatively while giving you details on how to move forward.
Undoubtedly one of the best books I’ve ever read on the topic of the creative act, Pressfield doesn’t get into much science or philosophy but does focus on some of the more magical and emotional aspects of getting creativity to work for you.
And that’s it! Five books I’d recommend to anyone just beginning to show an interest in creativity.
I’m in London for a short trip. I saw “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” on Wednesday. It was a long haul - nearly 3 hours in the afternoon then another 2+ in the evening. But it was worth seeing. A fantastic production.
Although it’s possible to enjoy it without seeing the movies or reading the books, but you’d have a richer experience if you have. And if you are already a Harry Potter fans, if you ever plan to visit London you should make it a must see. Tickets can be difficult to get (and are made available a year in advance but if your flexible it’s worth trying to go to the box office - look at me, getting 2 tix only a few days before).
All the lead performers do great jobs (3 won major acting awards this week). I had a front row seat and loved seeing the actors close up. The “special effects” were terrific too - using both old school and modern techniques.
I won’t describe the plot except to say that the central characters are Harry’s son Albus and Draco’s son Scorpius. But Harry, Hermoine, Ron, Ginny and Draco play important too. And there is an important object from the books that’s central to the plot.
Of course you’re not suppose to take photos but I took a shot of the stage before the show started. It represents Kings Cross Station platform 9 ¾. I also took at shot of the final curtain call - the main actors - (from L) Draco, his son Scopius, Ginny, Albus (Harry’s son), Harry, Hermione, and Ron. All were very good. I especially liked Draco, Scorpius, and Harry. Ron was very funny.
Buried in the Pantheon and Schocken catalogues are multiple books from the likes of Kafka, Cortazar, De Beauvoir, and Arendt, which prove fruitful material for a book jacket designer looking for a fun extracurricular. These books are popular, perennial sellers, and as such are reprinted with regularity. This allows for the occasional re-appraisal of the covers.