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Offline Florestan

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Books That Have Blown You Away Recently
« on: May 15, 2021, 10:56:14 AM »
Shusaku Endo - Silence
Graham Greene - The Power and the Glory
What is Music? How do you define it? Music is a calm moonlit night, the rustle of leaves in Summer. Music is the far off peal of bells at dusk! Music comes straight from the heart and talks only to the heart: it is Love!  --- Rachmaninoff

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Re: Books That Have Blown You Away Recently
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2021, 06:12:37 PM »
Great thread topic. Here one of mine, found in a quaint and curious seaside shop near one of our favorite vacation spots on the California Central Coast.
I am a biologist and I know a thing or two about algae (and their evolutionary offshoots, like malaria), but her perspective is one of a visual artist and historian. Her book is a fascinating and beautiful tour of organisms and ecosystems few people ever think much about. Everyone should read (or at least peruse) this book!

The Curious World of Seaweed, Josie Iselin

https://www.josieiselin.com/the-curious-world-of-seaweed





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Re: Books That Have Blown You Away Recently
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2021, 05:38:53 AM »
^^^

Looks very interesting indeed.
What is Music? How do you define it? Music is a calm moonlit night, the rustle of leaves in Summer. Music is the far off peal of bells at dusk! Music comes straight from the heart and talks only to the heart: it is Love!  --- Rachmaninoff

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Re: Books That Have Blown You Away Recently
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2021, 06:51:54 AM »
I read the works below every year or every 2 years, and am still moved by them.

Hermann Hesse, Narcissus and Goldmund.
Thomas Mann, Tonio Kröger.
Stendhal, Red and Black.
Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment.
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Re: Books That Have Blown You Away Recently
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2021, 10:16:55 AM »
Great thread topic. Here one of mine, found in a quaint and curious seaside shop near one of our favorite vacation spots on the California Central Coast.
I am a biologist and I know a thing or two about algae (and their evolutionary offshoots, like malaria), but her perspective is one of a visual artist and historian. Her book is a fascinating and beautiful tour of organisms and ecosystems few people ever think much about. Everyone should read (or at least peruse) this book!

The Curious World of Seaweed, Josie Iselin

https://www.josieiselin.com/the-curious-world-of-seaweed


Oh cool!  I don't know whether or not you've heard about these houses in Denmark (and of other countries, architects, etc., figuring out new ways to use seaweed).  I found the article to be fascinating!

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200805-denmarks-300-year-old-homes-of-the-future?referer=https%3A%2F%2Fduckduckgo.com%2F

Here's a photo of one of them: