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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Life and Letters of Charles Darwin - Volume 1: By Charles Darwin - Illustrated
Charles Darwin
Progress: 152/346 pages
Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia: Malafrena / Stories and Songs (The Library of America)
Brian Attebery, Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 359/700 pages
Plasma physics
R.A. Cairns
Progress: 18/244 pages
Selected Short Stories - Conrad (Wordsworth Classics)
Keith Carabine, Joseph Conrad
Progress: 142/272 pages
A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
Patrick Hamill
Progress: 7/180 pages
Complete Poems, 1904-1962
E.E. Cummings
Progress: 108/1102 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: 76/448 pages
Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being
Ted Hughes
Progress: 471/517 pages
Gravitation (Physics Series)
Kip Thorne;Kip S. Thorne;Charles W. Misner;John Archibald Wheeler;John Wheeler
Progress: 48/1215 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.