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Sunday, 22 December 2019


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When I went to look for my preordered How not to Diet, I pushed one button too many, and now also have How not to Die. Have only read the first, and enjoyed it. If I had seen his snake oil approach videos before buying I would not have bought either. He is a good writer, but do lot like his speaking style.

I’ve been reading and enjoying How Not To Diet. I tend to talk to much about what I read, and the main person who suffers through this is my wife, a family physician. Today in the car we were listening to a physician’s podcast, the kind you can get credit for, and the subject was red meat. I found myself wanting to yell at the stereo because of the bad information he was spreading. The book triggers my angry teacher side.

If you like Freudian stuff, and Bettelheim, try 'Freud and Man's Soul'. A different look at the once master.

"not throw the bathwater out with the baby" - I'd opt to keep the baby, tie a nice bow - toss the bath water - and wish all a Merry Christmas . . . Ha Ha Ha . . .

"Father loss during childhood has negative health and behavioral consequences, but the biological consequences are unknown. Our goal was to examine how father loss (because of separation and/or divorce, death, or incarceration) is associated with cellular function as estimated by telomere length." Scholarly article on telomere shortening

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Mike, and thanks for another year of learning. Your insights and this gathering place for photographers, artists, and malcontents of all sorts are proof that the internet can be a wonderful place. Thank you for giving us all a spot to linger and talk (and more important, to hear) about what we love.

Lucky for me that I didn't read Geiger's book since I lost 50 pounds and have kept it off for 7 years, ended a spell with diabetes, i.e. got my A1c and fasting insulin levels back to normal, by doing low carb and intermittent fasting. The way I got heavy and got diabetes in the first place was by listening to this kind of well meaning but generally wrong (for most overweight people in the U.S.) advice to eat more carbs, whole grains, beans, less fat, etc. Plus some/lots? of the iffy studies pushing carbs that high carb authors like to quote are funded by the high carb/junk food industry. High carb diets used to work well for people in places like China and Japan where people never ate sugar and never became insulin resistant growing up, but thanks to the introduction of Western sugary junk foods they are starting to have obesity problems too among kids.

Maybe in a year or two you can update people on how you are doing diet wise. Generally any diet is better than the SAD (standard American diet) for a year or two. Then many people start to have problems with the carbs.

Thanks to Jack and you for mentioning Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher..., I had great joy reading Empire of the Summer Moon, which you recommended here and I've also been fascinated by the work and life of Curtis for a while.

My question is, which edition is better? The used hardcover of 2012, for a pretty good price; or the new paperback of 2013, at double the price. Are they very different in quality?

Please excuse me asking about such a minutia, but I'm fastidious about the physical experience of books (I avoid ebooks unless is completely necessary).

[I'm afraid I don't know. —Mike]

On the question of an artist persona vs art the classical read is George Orwell’s “Benefit of Clergy: Some Notes on Salvador Dali”

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