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Neil deGrasse Tyson Lists 8 (Free) Books Every Intelligent Person Should Read. A Reddit.com user posed the question to Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Which books should be read by every single intelligent person on the planet?”

Neil deGrasse Tyson Lists 8 (Free) Books Every Intelligent Person Should Read

Below, you will find the book list offered up by the astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium, and popularizer of science. Where possible, we have included links to free versions of the books, all taken from our Free Audio Books and Free eBooks collections. Or you can always download a professionally-narrated book for free from Audible.com. Details here. If you’re looking for a more extensive list of essential works, don’t miss The Harvard Classics, a 51 volume series that you can now download online. 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.)

Tyson concludes by saying: “If you read all of the above works you will glean profound insight into most of what has driven the history of the western world.” He has also added some more thoughts in the comments section below, saying: Thanks for this ongoing interest in my book suggestions. H/T goes to Galley Cat. 101 Books To Read This Summer Instead of 50 Shades of Grey. 100 Exquisite Adjectives. By Mark Nichol Adjectives — descriptive words that modify nouns — often come under fire for their cluttering quality, but often it’s quality, not quantity, that is the issue.

100 Exquisite Adjectives

Plenty of tired adjectives are available to spoil a good sentence, but when you find just the right word for the job, enrichment ensues. Practice precision when you select words. Here’s a list of adjectives: Subscribe to Receive our Articles and Exercises via Email You will improve your English in only 5 minutes per day, guaranteed! 18 Responses to “100 Exquisite Adjectives” Rebecca Fantastic list! Free eBooks - All Our Classic Books and Novels. Internet Sacred Text Archive Home. 25 Ways To Fuck With Your Characters. As storyteller, you are god.

25 Ways To Fuck With Your Characters

And to be frank, you’re not a particularly nice god — at least, not if you want your story to resonate with readers. A good storyteller is a crass and callous deity who treats the characters under his watchful eye like a series of troubled butt-puppets. From this essential conflict — storyteller versus character — a story is born. (After all, that’s what a plot truly is: a character who strives to get above all the shit the storyteller dumps on his fool head.) Put differently, as a storyteller it’s your job to be a dick. It’s your job to fuck endlessly with the characters twisting beneath your thumb. And here’s 25 ways for you to do just that. 1. Gods have avatars, mortal or semi-mortal beings that exist on earth to embody the deity’s agenda. 2. The audience and the character must know the stakes on the table — “If you don’t win this poker game, your grandmother will lose her beloved pet orangutan, Orange Julius.” 3. 4. 5. 6.

This one? 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Sunday Reading. Socialism and/or Barbarianism has A Letter to Micky Arison, CEO of Carnival Cruiselines, and Gianni Onorato, president of Costa Cruises (ht Gtiso): (Photo poached from here, who poached it from here(and altered it)) Occupy San Francisco gets down to business: Act II of the Occupy Wall Street movement, San Francisco version, kicked off on a rainy, blustery Friday in the heart of the city’s financial district.

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Targeting specific corporations like Wells Fargo and Bank of America and emphasizing real, tangible issues like home foreclosures, affordable health care and education as well as broader ones like the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, several hundred protesters – the exact number was impossible to estimate – fanned out across the city, snarling traffic, getting arrested, holding sidewalk teach-ins, and generally serving notice that after its brief winter hibernation, the Occupy movement was back and kicking.

Occupiers Close BoA, Hold Off Police for 10 Hours: Like this: The System Of The World: Volume III of the baroque cycle Baroque Cycle 3: Amazon.co.uk: Neal Stephenson. Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings: Atlas of J.R.R.Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings": Amazon.co.uk: Barbara Strachey. Review ‘A handy volume… a good guide to Middle-earth for The Lord of the Rings readers… a painstaking and successful achievement.’Amon Hen, The Bulletin of the Tolkien Society From the Back Cover ' Journeys of Frodo ' is an Atlas of 51 maps charting the epic journey that Frodo and his companions undertake in J.R.R.

Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings: Atlas of J.R.R.Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings": Amazon.co.uk: Barbara Strachey

Tolkien’s epic work, 'The Lord of the Rings'. Based on clear and detailed descriptions given in the text and on the original maps that appear in 'The Lord of the Rings', as well as Tolkien’s own paintings and drawings of the landscape and features of Middle-earth, this book clearly shows Frodo’s route, together with the paths taken by other principal characters. Having loved the volumes of 'The Lord of the Rings' since they first appeared, Barbara Strachey long wanted fuller and more detailed maps to go with them. CALLIHOO Writing Helps. 30 Books I’m Glad I Read Before 30. Post written by: Marc Chernoff Email In various ways, these 30 books convey some of the philosophy of how Angel and I live our lives.

30 Books I’m Glad I Read Before 30

I honestly credit a fraction of who I am today to each title. Thus, they have indirectly influenced much of what I write about on this site. A medley of both fiction and nonfiction, these great reads challenged my internal status quo, opening my mind to new ideas and opportunities, and together they gave me a basic framework for living, loving, learning and working successfully. If you haven’t read these books yet, I highly recommend doing so. Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert – Gilbert, a Harvard professor of psychology has studied happiness for decades, and he shares scientific findings that just might change the way you look at the world. What are your favorite books? Photo by: Katie Harris If you enjoyed this article, check out our new best-selling book. And get inspiring life tips and quotes in your inbox (it's free)... Oneword.com. DarkCopy - Simple, full screen text editing. Synonyms. 20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes. I’ve edited a monthly magazine for more than six years, and it’s a job that’s come with more frustration than reward.

20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes

If there’s one thing I am grateful for — and it sure isn’t the pay — it’s that my work has allowed endless time to hone my craft to Louis Skolnick levels of grammar geekery. As someone who slings red ink for a living, let me tell you: grammar is an ultra-micro component in the larger picture; it lies somewhere in the final steps of the editing trail; and as such it’s an overrated quasi-irrelevancy in the creative process, perpetuated into importance primarily by bitter nerds who accumulate tweed jackets and crippling inferiority complexes. But experience has also taught me that readers, for better or worse, will approach your work with a jaundiced eye and an itch to judge.

While your grammar shouldn’t be a reflection of your creative powers or writing abilities, let’s face it — it usually is. Who and Whom This one opens a big can of worms. Which and That Lay and Lie Moot Nor. Five Books That Changed My Life. I was incredibly lucky that my Mom owned a beautiful second-hand book store throughout my adolescence, because I constantly got to reap the reward of having amazing literature at my finger tips.

Five Books That Changed My Life

Whatever I wanted to read, I was lucky enough to get to read. And as a result of the store taking second-hand books, can you even grasp how many amazing books must I got to read, that I never would have known about otherwise? Every few days, I was switching out. I never kept a book, so she never lost a cent, but I was always reading, always taking in knowledge. Here are five wildly different books that genuinely affected my being. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran The Prophet is a book you do not keep. The book is too powerful to cherish it secretly. The leather-bound, hardcover edition is quite breathtaking in itself, even before you open it. I shalln’t tell you anything about this book, lest I ruin it. Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk When people ask me, this tends to be the book I most recommend most. Millions of Free PDF eBooks! Free PDF Search Engine. BlaBlaMeter - Bullshit detection tool. 40 Literary Terms Every Bookworm Should Know. Conversations With God : An Uncommon Dialogue (Book 1) (9780399142789): Neale Donald Walsch.

Bringers of the Light (9780967875507): Neale Donald Walsch. 74 Books to Read if You Love the Hunger Games. If you haven't read the Hunger Games you really should!

74 Books to Read if You Love the Hunger Games

They're pretty awesome. Check them out: If you're already a fan of the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins... You should add these books to your to be read pile! (The recommendations are in no particular order.) Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie In a world where Officials pick your perfect mate, what happens when you’ve two choices? Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner A boy wakes up in a Glade with other boys knowing only his name, not how he got there, or how to escape the enclosed walls. Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry A young boy is given the job to retain the Community’s memories and to advise them using that knowledge, but he doesn’t like what he sees when he knows the past. Books of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau A city of light amidst the darkness begins to go black and survival means finding a way out by going through the unknown.

Uglies Quartet by Scott Westerfeld Selection Trilogy by Kiera Cass UPDATE: Novellas added to series: The Prince , The Guard.