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just finished "When Things Fall Apart" by Pema Chödrön https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pema_Ch%C3%B6dr%C3%B6n

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More and more I'm realizing that there's just not a lot of time to read. I find there's a lot of material out there. I do want to read the good stuff, but it's not easy to choose what makes the cut. Previously, my criteria was rather conservative: focus entirely on classics when it comes to novels and expand to trusted role models when it comes to business/self-improvement books.

When Things Fall Apart is layman's introduction to traditional bodhisattva, the buddhist term for the mindful intention to achieve nirvana. Something like that. There's a lot of vocabulary in the book, but it all boils down to the same stuff about accepting the good and the bad together & appreciating existence.

I've read about buddhism here and there and I think most of it is pretty nice, but this book kinda fell flat for me. It just got so blah blah blah blah blah by the end. What I think does stick is the idea of samsara and dukkha -- that life is basically shit so the only way to find satisfaction is to rise above its frivolous issues.

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Ray wrote:
February 11th, 2019, 9:24 pm
More and more I'm realizing that there's just not a lot of time to read.
I hear ya. There’s many times I’ve wished I could pause life of all the busy and responsibilities and just sit back and read a bunch of things. Not just read, but there’s a whole ton of other things too.

I’m thankful I have that personality that wants to do things at least. I can’t remember a time in my life I’ve ever been bored.

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In the past few weeks, I've read two books: "The Martian", and "Artemis", both by Andy Weir.

If you haven't read the book or seen the movie, "The Martian" is about an astronaut who is assumed to be dead and left behind by his team on the surface of Mars. What follows is a gripping survival story. Lots of science and math and thought have gone into the book, and the character's good humor helps to keep him afloat in what would normally seem to be a hopeless situation. Highly recommend.

"Artemis" I like to sum up into two words: Moon Crimes. Taking place in the only city on the Moon perhaps less than a century or so from now, a minor-time smuggler gets involved with and tangled up in a plot to make lots of money. Of course, one fraught with danger. It's a thrilling action ride. Not quite as good as "The Martian" and a bit more predictable, especially if you read it second, but I liked it quite a bit.

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i read that as "minor time-smuggler" and thought "how are we going to have time-smugglers in less than a century??"

i liked 'the martian' the movie. good to know the book is also good (though i suppose most books with film adaptations are better than their films)

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I meant to watch The Martian, and now I have 2 more reasons to check it out.

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The movie is mostly true to the book, and other than minor changes and some significant omissions for length, only changed one (I felt) major thing at the end for drama (which I felt was ridiculous, since until then the movie had been reasonably scientifically/chemically/physically feasible).


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