Slutever: Dispatches from a Sexually Autonomous Woman in a Post-Shame World [Audiobook]

Slutever: Dispatches from a Sexually Autonomous Woman in a Post-Shame World [Audiobook]
Slutever: Dispatches from a Sexually Autonomous Woman in a Post-Shame World [Audiobook] by Karley Sciortino, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | hrs mins | 198.71MB

"Slut" is a great word. It just sounds perfect - so sharp and clear and beautiful. It's one of those satisfying four letter words, like cunt and f--k. Slut also happens to be an anagram for lust, which is one of those divine coincidences that makes you wonder if God actually exists.

We're lucky that slut is such a great word, because it's safe to say that almost every woman will be called a slut at least once in her lifetime. Despite a slowly shifting sexual double standard, it's still taboo to be a woman who's openly sexual - let alone one who sleeps around. Now Vogue columnist Karley Sciortino is on a mission to reclaim the word "slut" to represent a person who seeks out visceral experiences through sex, and who isn't ashamed about it. Sluts are special. Sluts are radical. And sluts are skilled at time management, because they can handle multiple partners on rotation, plus their jobs and their blogs and their beauty routines. Not everyone is qualified for this coveted position.

Slutever is a call-to-arms, a confessional memoir, a slut manifesto, as told by a sex-radical hedonist in a pink PVC mini dress. It's a thoughtful, first-person account of a modern woman, navigating sex, love, casual hookups, open relationships,, bisexuality, BDSM, breakups, sex work, sex parties, and the power of sexual agency, as told from the front lines.

No Justice: One White Police Officer, One Black Family, and How One Bullet Ripped Us Apart [Audiobook]

No Justice: One White Police Officer, One Black Family, and How One Bullet Ripped Us Apart [Audiobook]
No Justice: One White Police Officer, One Black Family, and How One Bullet Ripped Us Apart [Audiobook] by Robbie Tolan, Lawrence Ross, read by Ken Griffey Jr
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 53 mins | 162.35MB

The harrowing true story of Robbie Tolan, a young black man who was shot in the chest by a white police officer...in his own driveway.

No Justice is the harrowing story of Robbie Tolan, who early on one New Year's Eve morning, found himself being rushed to the hospital. A white police officer had shot him in the chest after mistakenly accusing him of stealing his own car...while in his own driveway.

In a journey that took nearly a decade, Tolan and his family saw his case go before the United States Supreme Court in a groundbreaking decision, while Tolan struggled with how to put his life back together. Holding him together through this journey was the strength of his mother and father, his faith in God, and an impenetrable belief that he deserved justice like any other American who'd been wronged.

No Justice is the story about what happened after the cameras and social media protests went away. Robbie Tolan was left with the physical and mental devastation from having his body violated by someone who was supposed to serve and protect him. His story reminds us that police brutality is not a theoretical talking point in a larger nationwide argument. This story is about Robbie Tolan courageously picking up the pieces of his life, even as he fights for justice for all.

Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut [Audiobook]

Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut [Audiobook]
Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut [Audiobook] by Mike Mullane, read by Joel Richards
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 18 hrs 31 mins | 509.43MB

In 1978, the first group of space shuttle astronauts was introduced to the world - 29 men and six women who would carry NASA through the most tumultuous years of the space shuttle program. Among them was USAF Colonel Mike Mullane, who, in his memoir Riding Rockets, strips the heroic veneer from the astronaut corps and paints them as they are - human.

Mullane's tales of arrested development among military flyboys working with feminist pioneers and post-doc scientists are sometimes bawdy, often comical, and always entertaining. He vividly portrays every aspect of the astronaut experience, from telling a female technician which urine-collection condom size is a fit to hearing "Taps" played over a friend's grave. He is also brutally honest in his criticism of a NASA leadership whose bungling would precipitate the Challenger disaster - killing four members of his group. A hilarious, heartfelt story of life in all its fateful uncertainty, Riding Rockets will resonate long after the call of "Wheel stop".

Gobekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods: The Temple of the Watchers and the Discovery of Eden [Audiobook]

Gobekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods: The Temple of the Watchers and the Discovery of Eden [Audiobook]
Gobekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods: The Temple of the Watchers and the Discovery of Eden [Audiobook] by Andrew Collins, read by Shaun Grindell
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 33 mins | 345.64MB

Built at the end of the last ice age, the mysterious stone temple complex of Göbekli Tepe in Turkey is one of the greatest challenges to 21st century archaeology. As much as 7,000 years older than the Great Pyramid and Stonehenge, its strange buildings and rings of T-shaped monoliths - built with stones weighing from 10 to 15 tons - show a level of sophistication and artistic achievement unmatched until the rise of the great civilizations of the ancient world, Sumer, Egypt, and Babylon.

Chronicling his travels to Göbekli Tepe and surrounding sites, Andrew Collins details the layout, architecture, and exquisite relief carvings of ice age animals and human forms found at this 12,000-year-old megalithic complex, now recognized as the oldest stone architecture in the world. He explores how it was built as a reaction to a global cataclysm - the Great Flood in the Bible - and explains how it served as a gateway and map to the sky-world, the place of first creation, reached via a bright star in the constellation of Cygnus. He reveals those behind its construction as the Watchers of the Book of Enoch and the Anunnaki gods of Sumerian tradition.

Unveiling Göbekli Tepe's foundational role in the rise of civilization, Collins shows how it is connected to humanity's creation in the Garden of Eden and the secrets Adam passed to his son Seth, the founder of an angelic race called the Sethites. In his search for Adam's legendary Cave of Treasures, the author discovers the Garden of Eden and the remains of the Tree of Life - in the same sacred region where Göbekli Tepe is being uncovered today.

Ruling Your World: Ancient Strategies for Modern Life [Audiobook]

Ruling Your World: Ancient Strategies for Modern Life [Audiobook]
Ruling Your World: Ancient Strategies for Modern Life [Audiobook] by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 2 hrs 33 mins | 70.74MB

You're stuck in the airport security line, late for a flight. The line isn't moving. You're angry at the security personnel for taking so long, you're irritated at the other passengers for having so much stuff, you're mad at your boss for sending you on this trip in the first place. By the time you get to your gate you're angry, deflated, and exhausted. Then someone cuts in front of you in the line to board and you snap. "There's a line, you know!" Is that really you, standing in an airport, yelling at a stranger, emotions raging?

It happens to most of us more than we'd like to admit. In an instant, our lives seem out of control and overwhelming. It's always something, isn't it? But what if you could approach every part of your life - from the smallest decisions to life's biggest setbacks - with total confidence, clarity, and control?

According to Sakyong Mipham, we all have that power. The secret is simple: If you just stop thinking about yourself all the time, happiness and confidence will come naturally. It sounds absurd and, what's more, impossible. But in Ruling Your World, Sakyong Mipham shares ancient secrets on how to take control of our lives and be successful while cultivating compassion for others and confidence in our own intelligence and goodness. The key to this well-being lies in the ancient strategies of the warrior kings and queens of Shambhala.

The kingdom of Shambhala was an enlightened kingdom of benevolent kings and queens and fiercely trained warriors. No one knows for sure whether this kingdom was real or mythical, but there are ancient guidebooks to this land and practical instructions for creating a Shambhala in your own world, bringing peace, purpose, and perspective into your life and environment.

Sakyong Mipham, the descendant of a warrior king, has inherited these teachings and gives us the lessons and myths of the great rulers and warriors of Shambhala. He makes these teachings relevant to our 21st-century lives in a fresh and witty voice and helps us all to realize our potential for power and control in a seemingly uncontrollable world.

For the first time ever, revered spiritual leader Sakyong Mipham brings the lessons of the ancient Shambhala warriors and rulers to the Western world and shows us how to live our lives with confidence.

Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties [Audiobook]

Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties [Audiobook]
Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties [Audiobook] by Paul Johnson, read by Nadia May
2006 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 37 hrs 53 mins | 1.02GB

Originally published in 1983 and named one of the Best Books of the Year by the New York Times, this bestselling history is now revised and updated and includes a new final chapter.

The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power [Audiobook]

The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power [Audiobook]
The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power [Audiobook] by Niall Ferguson, read by John Sackville
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 16 hrs 5 mins | 441.8MB

What if everything we thought we knew about history was wrong? From the global best-selling author of Empire, The Ascent of Money and Civilization, this is a whole new way of looking at the world.

Most history is hierarchical: it's about popes, presidents, and prime ministers. But what if that's simply because they create the historical archives? What if we are missing equally powerful but less visible networks - leaving them to the conspiracy theorists, with their dreams of all-powerful Illuminati?

The 21st century has been hailed as the Networked Age. But in The Square and the Tower, Niall Ferguson argues that social networks are nothing new. From the printers and preachers who made the Reformation to the freemasons who led the American Revolution, it was the networkers who disrupted the old order of popes and kings. Far from being novel, our era is the Second Networked Age, with the computer in the role of the printing press. Those looking forward to a utopia of interconnected 'netizens' may therefore be disappointed. For networks are prone to clustering, contagions and even outages. And the conflicts of the past already have unnerving parallels today, in the time of Facebook, Islamic State and Trumpworld.

Brain Hacks: 200+ Ways to Boost Your Brain Power [Audiobook]

Brain Hacks: 200+ Ways to Boost Your Brain Power [Audiobook]
Brain Hacks: 200+ Ways to Boost Your Brain Power [Audiobook] by Adams Media, read by Ramón De Ocampo
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 45 mins | 178.05MB

Discover more than 300 quick tips and exercises to help you optimize your mental performance and improve brain health.

Everyone wants to be at their best mentally, and Brain Hacks provides you with more than 300 actionable tips and exercises you can use right away to help you achieve and maintain peak mental performance. Topics covers include:

  • Proper nutrition and brain superfoods
  • Brain-boosting vitamins, minerals, herbs, and supplements
  • Stress management techniques
  • Natural mood-enhancing activities
  • Exercises that stimulate and challenge the brain

With straightforward, simple advice, Brain Hacks will teach you how to keep your brain sharp and functioning at optimal levels.

Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation [Audiobook]

Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation [Audiobook]
Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation [Audiobook] by James K A Smith, read by John Pruden
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 47 mins | 241.9MB

Malls, stadiums, and universities are actually liturgical structures that influence and shape our thoughts and affections. Humans - as Augustine noted - are "desiring agents", full of longings and passions; in brief, we are what we love.

James K. A. Smith focuses on the themes of liturgy and desire in Desiring the Kingdom, the first book in a three-volume set on the theology of culture. He redirects our yearnings to focus on the greatest good: God. Ultimately, Smith seeks to re-envision education through the process and practice of worship. Students of philosophy, theology, worldview, and culture will welcome Desiring the Kingdom, as will those involved in ministry.

Being Wagner: The Story of the Most Provocative Composer Who Ever Lived [Audiobook]

Being Wagner: The Story of the Most Provocative Composer Who Ever Lived [Audiobook]
Being Wagner: The Story of the Most Provocative Composer Who Ever Lived [Audiobook] by Simon Callow, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 37 mins | 182.26MB

Simon Callow, the celebrated author of Orson Welles, delivers a dazzling, swift, and accessible biography of the musical titan Richard Wagner and his profoundly problematic legacy--a fresh take for seasoned acolytes and the perfect introduction for new fans.

Richard Wagner's music dramas have never been more popular or more divisive. His ten masterpieces, created against the backdrop of a continent in severe political and cultural upheaval, constitute an unmatched body of work. A man who spent most of his life in abject poverty, inspiring both critical derision and hysterical hero-worship, Wagner was a walking contradiction: belligerent, flirtatious, disciplined, capricious, demanding, visionary, and poisonously anti-Semitic. Acclaimed biographer Simon Callow evokes the intellectual and artistic climate in which Wagner lived and takes us through his most iconic works, from his pivotal successes in The Flying Dutchman and Lohengrin, to the musical paradigm shift contained in Tristan and Isolde, to the apogee of his achievements in The Ring of the Nibelung and Parsifal, which debuted at Bayreuth shortly before his death. Being Wagner brings to life this towering figure, creator of the most sublime and most controversial body of work ever known.

A Trumpet Around the Corner: The Story of New Orleans Jazz: American Made Music [Audiobook]

A Trumpet Around the Corner: The Story of New Orleans Jazz: American Made Music [Audiobook]
A Trumpet Around the Corner: The Story of New Orleans Jazz: American Made Music [Audiobook] by Samuel Charters, read by Marcus D Durham
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + AZW3 | 15 hrs 2 mins | 415.39MB

Samuel Charters has been studying and writing about New Orleans music for more than 50 years. A Trumpet around the Corner: The Story of New Orleans Jazz is the first book to tell the entire story of a century of jazz in New Orleans. Although there is still controversy over the racial origins and cultural sources of New Orleans jazz, Charters provides a balanced assessment of the role played by all three of the city's musical lineages - African American, white, and Creole - in jazz's formative years. Charters also maps the inroads blazed by the city's Italian immigrant musicians, who left their own imprint on the emerging styles.

The study is based on the author's own interviews, begun in the 1950s, on the extensive material gathered by the Oral History Project in New Orleans, on the recent scholarship of a new generation of writers, and on an exhaustive examination of related newspaper files from the jazz era. The book extends the study area of his earlier book Jazz: New Orleans, 1885-1957, and breaks new ground with its in-depth discussion of the earliest New Orleans recordings. A Trumpet around the Corner for the first time brings the story up to the present, describing the worldwide interest in the New Orleans jazz revival of the 1950s and 1960s, and the exciting resurgence of the brass bands of the last decades. The book discusses the renewed concern over New Orleans's musical heritage, which is at great risk after the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters.

Full Battle Rattle: My Story as the Longest-Serving Special Forces A-Team Soldier in American History [Audiobook]

Full Battle Rattle: My Story as the Longest-Serving Special Forces A-Team Soldier in American History [Audiobook]
Full Battle Rattle: My Story as the Longest-Serving Special Forces A-Team Soldier in American History [Audiobook] by Changiz Lahidji,‎ Ralph Pezzullo, read by Eric Pollins
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 30 mins | 262.79MB

With over 100 combat missions and 24 years as a Green Beret, Changiz Lahidji is an expert in military operations. Full Battle Rattle is the legendary audiobook memoir of a soldier who served America in every war since Vietnam.

Master Sergeant Changiz Lahidji served on Special Forces A teams longer than anyone in history, completing over a hundred combat missions in Afghanistan. Changiz is a Special Forces legend. He also happens to be the first Muslim Green Beret.

Changiz served this country starting with Operation Eagle Claw in 1980, when he entered Tehran on a one-man mission to spy on Iranian soldiers guarding the US embassy where 52 US diplomats were being held hostage. Three years later he was in Beirut, Lebanon, when a suicide car bomb exploded in front of the US embassy, killing 83 people. Weeks after that he was shot by Hezbollah terrorists on a night mission.

In Operation Iraqi Freedom, he led a convoy that was ambushed on its way to Fallujah. He was clearing houses in Mogadishu, Somalia, in October 1993 when a US Black Hawk helicopter was shot down 50 feet away from him in the incident that inspired Black Hawk Down. In 2002 he dressed as a farmer and snuck into Eastern Afghanistan and located Osama bin Laden for the CIA. Along the way, Changiz earned numerous commendations, including the Special Forces Legion of Merit, Purple Hearts, and many others. Last year he was nominated for induction in Military Intelligence Hall of Fame and cited as "the finest noncommissioned officer to ever serve in Special Forces".

Written with Ralph Pezzullo, Changiz's story is an amazing audiobook of perseverance and courage, of combat and one man's love for his adopted country.

Amazing Stories of the Space Age [Audiobook]

Amazing Stories of the Space Age [Audiobook]
Amazing Stories of the Space Age: True Tales of Nazis in Orbit, Soldiers on the Moon, Orphaned Martian Robots, and Other Fascinating Accounts from the Annals of Spaceflight [Audiobook] by Rod Pyle, read by John Pruden
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 13 mins | 253.84MB

Award-winning science writer and documentarian Rod Pyle presents an insider's perspective on the most unusual and bizarre space missions ever devised inside and outside of NASA. The incredible projects described here were not merely flights of fancy dreamed up by space enthusiasts, but actual missions planned by leading aeronautical engineers.

Some were designed but not built; others were built but not flown; and a few were flown to failure but little reported: A giant rocket that would use atomic bombs as propulsion (never mind the fallout), military bases on the moon that could target enemies on earth with nuclear weapons, a scheme to spray-paint the lenses of Soviet spy satellites in space, the rushed Soyuz 1 spacecraft that ended with the death of its pilot, the near-disaster of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the mysterious Russian space shuttle that flew only once and was then scrapped - these are just some of the unbelievable tales that Pyle has found in once top-secret documents as well as accounts that were simply lost for many decades.

These stories tell of a time when nothing was too off-the-wall to be taken seriously, and the race to the moon and the threat from the Soviet Union trumped all other considerations.

Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change [Audiobook]

Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change [Audiobook]
Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change [Audiobook] by Ashley Dawson, read by LJ Ganser
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 20 mins | 339.71MB

How will climate change affect our lives? Where will its impacts be most deeply felt? Are we doing enough to protect ourselves from the coming chaos?

In Extreme Cities, Ashley Dawson argues that cities are ground zero for climate change, contributing the lion's share of carbon to the atmosphere, while also lying on the frontlines of rising sea levels.

Today, the majority of the world's megacities are located in coastal zones, yet few of them are adequately prepared for the floods that will increasingly menace their shores. Instead, most continue to develop luxury waterfront condos for the elite and industrial facilities for corporations. These not only intensify carbon emissions, but also place coastal residents at greater risk when water levels rise.

In Extreme Cities, Dawson offers an alarming portrait of the future of our cities, describing the efforts of Staten Island, New York, and Shishmareff, Alaska residents to relocate; Holland's models for defending against the seas; and the development of New York City before and after Hurricane Sandy. Our best hope lies not with fortified sea walls, he argues. Rather, it lies with urban movements already fighting to remake our cities in a more just and equitable way.

Connecticut Unscathed: Victory in the Great Narragansett War, 1675-1676 [Audiobook]

Connecticut Unscathed: Victory in the Great Narragansett War, 1675-1676 [Audiobook]
Connecticut Unscathed: Victory in the Great Narragansett War, 1675-1676 [Audiobook] by Jason W Warren PhD, read by Bob Dio
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 33 mins | 208.1MB

The conflict that historians have called King Philip's War still ranks as one of the bloodiest per capita in American history. An Indian coalition ravaged much of New England, killing 600 colonial fighting men (not including their Indian allies), obliterating 17 white towns, and damaging more than 50 settlements. The version of these events that has come down to us focuses on Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay - the colonies whose commentators dominated the storytelling. But because Connecticut lacked a chronicler, its experience has gone largely untold. As Jason W. Warren makes clear in Connecticut Unscathed, this imbalance has generated an incomplete narrative of the war.

Dubbed King Philip's War after the Wampanoag architect of the hostilities, the conflict, Warren asserts, should more properly be called the Great Narragansett War, broadening its context in time and place and indicating the critical role of the Narragansetts, the largest tribe in southern New England. In contrast to its sister colonies, Connecticut emerged from the war relatively unharmed. The colony's comparatively moderate Indian policies made possible an effective alliance with the Mohegans and Pequots. These Indian allies proved crucial to the colony's war effort, Jason W. Warren contends, and at the same time denied the enemy extra manpower and intelligence regarding the surrounding terrain and colonial troop movements. And when Connecticut became the primary target of hostile Indian forces - especially the powerful Narragansetts - the colony's military prowess and its enlightened treatment of Indians allowed it to persevere.

Composed: The Heart and Science of Leading Under Pressure [Audiobook]

Composed: The Heart and Science of Leading Under Pressure [Audiobook]
Composed: The Heart and Science of Leading Under Pressure [Audiobook] by Dr Rob Mckenna, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 3 hrs 36 mins | 100.68MB

Composed: The Heart and Science of Leading Under Pressure is a roadmap for standing firmly in who we are while staying connected to those who matter most to us - especially when high-pressure moments come. It doesn't matter whether you are a CEO, parent, manager, or student, none of us are immune to the possibility of losing it when the pressure is on. For some people, public speaking is a fear.

Maybe conflict makes you uncomfortable. For others, simply being responsible for the experience or learning of others causes you anxiety. Even for seasoned leaders who face pressure every day, showing up their best can be tough. Whether pressure makes us feel incompetent and unworthy, or mean and reactive, the impact of losing our composure is significant.

Our capacity to compose ourselves when the pressure is highest, to lead strong, and to lead with care in the most difficult situations of conflict and anxiety may have the single greatest impact on our families, our teams, our organizations, and the world that surrounds us. The stakes are too high for us and for those we love to wait any longer.

Composed: The Heart and Science of Leading Under Pressure is based on our research on the developmental journey of thousands of leaders who have taken the Leading Under Pressure Inventory.

Eugenics and Other Evils [Audiobook]

Eugenics and Other Evils [Audiobook]
Eugenics and Other Evils [Audiobook] by G K Chesterton, read by Derek Perkins
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 4 hrs 50 mins | 127.37MB

During the first three decades of the 20th century, eugenics, the scientific control of human breeding, was a popular cause within enlightened and progressive segments of the English-speaking world. The New York Times eagerly supported it, gushing about the wonderful "new science." Prominent scientists, such as the plant biologist Luther Burbank, were among its most enthusiastic supporters. And the Carnegie and Rockefeller foundations generously funded eugenic research intended to distinguish the "fit" from the "unfit."

This prophetic volume counters the intellectual nihilism of Nietzsche, while simultaneously rebuking Western notions of progress - biological or otherwise. Chesterton expands his criticism of eugenics into what he calls "a more general criticism of the modern craze for scientific officialism and strict social organization."

Being Wagner: The Triumph of the Will [EPUB]

Being Wagner: The Triumph of the Will [EPUB]
Being Wagner: The Triumph of the Will by Simon Callow
2017 | EPUB | 8.92MB

The perfect introduction to the Master.

Over a century after his death, Richard Wagner’s music dramas stand at the centre of the culture of classical music. He was a walking contradiction: aggressive, flirtatious, disciplined, capricious, heroic, visionary and poisonously anti-Semitic. His ten great mature masterpieces constitute an unmatched body of work, created against a backdrop of poverty, revolution, violent controversy, critical contempt and hysterical hero-worship.

In this book, Simon Callow plunges the reader headlong into Wagner’s world, examining the intellectual and artistic climate of this composer like no other who ever lived, creator of perhaps the most sublime and most troubling body of work in the history of music.

The Book of the Year: The Weirder Side of 2017 [EPUB]

The Book of the Year: The Weirder Side of 2017 [EPUB]
The Book of the Year: The Weirder Side of 2017 by No Such Thing As A Fish
2017 | EPUB | 15.68MB

In a year when much of the news was believable but fake, comes a book packed with stories that are unbelievable but true.

The Book of the Year is a hilarious guide to 2017’s most extraordinary events, unearthed by the creators of the award-winning hit comedy podcast No Such Thing As A Fish. Each week, over a million people tune in to find out what bizarre and astonishing facts Dan, James, Anna and Andy have found out over the previous seven days. Now the gang have turned their attention to the news of the past twelve months.

You’ll discover the curious details behind the main headlines – how Donald Trump slept on the 66th floor of a 58-storey building, what effect Brexit had on Coco Pops, and why China’s president can’t stand Winnie the Pooh – as well as hundreds of stories you may have missed entirely, like the news that:

  • Qatar built a refugee camp for camels.
  • The world’s first avocado restaurant ran out of avocados on its first day.
  • The victim of Britain’s first ever shark attack ended up with a cut thumb.

From strange inventions to baffling elections, via a surprising amount of sausage news, The Book of the Year is an eye-opening tour of the incredible year you didn’t know you’d lived through.

Scatterlings: Getting Claimed in the Age of Amnesia [EPUB]

Scatterlings: Getting Claimed in the Age of Amnesia [EPUB]
Scatterlings: Getting Claimed in the Age of Amnesia by Martin Shaw
2016 | EPUB | 0.87MB

In Scatterlings Martin Shaw walks the myth-lines of seven stories based in and around his homeland of Dartmoor, England. Rather than the commentaries on such tales being primarily balanced against other literary sources, Shaw uses what actually occurs on these walks as the main source of information on the tales. The swoop of raven, the swamp, the thinking that moves through him, all form a knot of relationship between the land and the story. As he walks he tells the story of the place back to itself.

This is a highly unusual move for a mythologist, an aspiration to use speech as form of animistic relationship, of binding, of praise to a place. In a time of rapid migrations and climatic movement, Shaw asks: how could we be not just from a place but of a place? When did we trade shelter for comfort? what was the cost of that trade? What are the stories the west tells itself in private?

Scatterlings also takes us on a wonder through the wild edges of British culture, a story of secret histories: from the ancient storytelling of the bardic schools to medieval dream poetry, from the cunning man to animal call words, to Arabian and steppe Iranian influence on English dialect. Through its astonishing journey, Shaw reveals to us that when you gaze deep enough into the local you find the nomad, and when you look deep enough into the nomad you find the local. Scatterlings is a rebel keen, a rising up, to bend your head to the stories and place that claim you.

All The Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire [EPUB]

All The Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire [EPUB]
All The Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire by Jonathan Abrams
2018 | EPUB | 2.69MB

The definitive oral history of the iconic and beloved TV show The Wire, as told by the actors, writers, directors, and others involved in its creation

Since its final episode aired in 2008, HBO's acclaimed crime drama The Wire has only become more popular and influential. The issues it tackled, from the failures of the drug war and criminal justice system to systemic bias in law enforcement and other social institutions, have become more urgent and central to the national conversation. The show's actors, such as Idris Elba, Dominic West, and Michael B. Jordan, have gone on to become major stars. Its creators and writers, including David Simon and Richard Price, have developed dedicated cult followings of their own. Universities use the show to teach everything from film theory to criminal justice to sociology. Politicians and activists reference it when discussing policy. When critics compile lists of the Greatest TV Shows of All Time, The Wire routinely takes the top spot. It is arguably one of the great works of art America has produced in the 20th century.

But while there has been a great deal of critical analysis of the show and its themes, until now there has never been a definitive, behind-the-scenes take on how it came to be made. With unparalleled access to all the key actors and writers involved in its creation, Jonathan Abrams tells the astonishing, compelling, and complete account of The Wire, from its inception and creation through its end and powerful legacy.

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress [EPUB]

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress [EPUB]
Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker
2018 | EPUB | 10.98MB

"My new favorite book of all time." --Bill Gates

"A terrific book...[Pinker] recounts the progress across a broad array of metrics, from health to wars, the environment to happiness, equal rights to quality of life." --The New York Times

The follow-up to Pinker's groundbreaking The Better Angels of Our Nature presents the big picture of human progress: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science.

Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. This progress is not the result of some cosmic force. It is a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing.

Far from being a naïve hope, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worked. But more than ever, it needs a vigorous defense. The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature--tribalism, authoritarianism, demonization, magical thinking--which demagogues are all too willing to exploit. Many commentators, committed to political, religious, or romantic ideologies, fight a rearguard action against it. The result is a corrosive fatalism and a willingness to wreck the precious institutions of liberal democracy and global cooperation.

With intellectual depth and literary flair, Enlightenment Now makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.