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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Basics of Plasma Astrophysics
Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
Progress: 58/250 pages
Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia: Malafrena / Stories and Songs (The Library of America)
Brian Attebery, Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 454/700 pages
Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights
Melanie Windridge
Progress: 205/320 pages
A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
Patrick Hamill
Progress: 7/180 pages
Complete Poems, 1904-1962
E.E. Cummings
Progress: 164/1102 pages
The Complete Plays and Poems
E.D. Pendry, J.C. Maxwell, Christopher Marlowe
She Stoops to Conquer and Other Comedies (Oxford World's Classics)
Henry Fielding, David Garrick, Oliver Goldsmith
Progress: 159/448 pages
Gravitation (Physics Series)
Kip Thorne;Kip S. Thorne;Charles W. Misner;John Archibald Wheeler;John Wheeler
Progress: 48/1215 pages
I Am a Cat
Graeme Wilson, Aiko Ito, Sōseki Natsume
Progress: 410/638 pages
The Complete Novels of Jane Austen
Jane Austen
Progress: 651/1220 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 92 out of 263 pages.

The Essential Difference: Men, Women and the Extreme Male Brain. Simon Baron-Cohen - Simon Baron-Cohen

Bizarre attempt to blame parents' urge to suppress emotion (particularly crying) in boys on innate sex differences. This is entirely wrong, it's unmistakably cultural. Examine Mediaeval European literature for a bit and you will soon notice that the macho behaviour is to show your emotions in the most extreme fashion possible. When it comes to grief, for example, crying is hardly sufficient. One has to tear one's hair or beard, beat oneself, eulogise and swear revenge if appropriate. You can still see it to some extent in Hamlet where an OTT show of grief competition occurs when Ophelia dies. Exactly when "stiff upper lip" became the macho norm I'm not sure but it was certainly strong during the Victorian era.