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Favourite Books Read in 2022

I read 36 books in 2022. Here are my favourites.

How To Be A Liberal book cover
How to Be a Liberal
Terry Pratchett: A Life With Footnotes
Einstein's Fridge book cover
Einstein's Fridge
Sticky book cover
Transformer book cover
Transformer - The Deep Chemistry of Life and Death
The Lost Future Of Pepperharrow book cover
The Lost Future Of Pepperharrow
The This novel book cover
The This
Sea Of Tranquility book cover
Sea Of Tranquility
The Anthropocene Reviewed cover
The Anthropocene Reviewed
Immune book cover

Favourite Books Read in 2021

I only finished 7 books in 2021! My reading time was spent on other things to do with tech and cybersecurity. From the 7 books I finished, I can recommend these 4 as my picks of the year.

Live Wired by David Eagleman book cover
Live Wired by David Eagleman
The Zoologist's Guide to the Galaxy by Dr Arik Kershenbaum book cover
The Zoologist's Guide to the Galaxy
by Dr Arik Kershenbaum
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine book cover
A Memory Called Empire
by Arkady Martine
Notes for the Burning Age by Claire North book Cover
Notes From The Buring Age
by Claire North

Ian Robinson’s Weekly Digest – 5th September 2021

Chromosome Graphic from Quanta Magazine
© Samuel Velasco/Quanta Magazine

A slight change to the format in this week’s digest. I’m going embed more Tweets and other content (like from IMDb) going forward. Making it an actual review of stuff I’ve posted to Twitter and elsewhere each week.

Ian Robinson’s Weekly Digest – 18th July 2021

Cover image of The Three Body Problem novel
Cover image of The Three Body Problem novel

A sparse post this week. Mainly due to me being busy and it being too hot to read and think about technical stuff! Only three pointers to interesting items. A dozen new music items, though. I’m never too busy or too hot to ignore new music. As always, find me on Twitter if you want to comment on anything.

Dickinson Season 2

I binge-watched Season 2 of Dickinson this week. The finale was released today. Both seasons are so good. It takes the 19th-century source material and imbibes it with 21st-century themes. I realise now that the themes from the 1850s are much the same as today. If you haven’t seen it, then I can highly recommend it. It’s worth the cost of an AppleTV+ subscription on its own. Looking forward to Season 3!

There is an excellent interview-based article with Alena Smith, the show-runner of Dickinson, in the latest issue of The New Yorker.

The show inspired me to read some of Emily Dickinson’s poems. I bought a copy of The Folio Society’s Selected Poems last year when watching Season 1 and started reading it this week. I’ve never really been into poetry. And that’s still the case! I’m about a third of the way through the selection in the book. So far only the only one that’s grabbed me is this one about the exultation of going to sea (and other things, no doubt). Still, even if the poems don’t speak to me, they obviously speak to Alena Smith, and they inspired her to create the TV show. And that’s great news for all of us who get to watch.

It also inspired me to buy a Stephen Fry book on how to write poetry. Something that passed me by in school. I can’t recall if that’s my fault or the fault of my school. I suspect the former as my school was excellent.

The music that peppers each episode is fantastic. This article in Rolling Stone discusses how the tracks are chosen. If you are on Apple Music, there is a playlist with the songs from Season 1 and another for Season 2.