Weird Memory

I really have the weirdest memory. There’s a book I remember was very pleasurable. I read it for fun not work so I have no idea what the title is or what the author is called. Or what happens in the book. Which is why I want to reread it.

But how to find it among my crazy number of Kindle purchases and free downloads?

Well, there is one thing I remember. I read it in mid-March of 2018. Why my memory retains that and absolutely nothing else is inexplicable. “March 2018 = a fun reading experience” is wfatvny brain recorded.

The novel is a mystery, and I will now re-read it feeling as surprised at “whodunit” as the first time around.

8 thoughts on “Weird Memory”

  1. Have you heard of this book? You said you enjoy reading ‘business’ books by entrepreneurs, so:

    // “The War on Normal People: The Truth About America’s Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future” is a book written by Andrew Yang, an American entrepreneur, Venture for America founder, and former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. It was published by Hachette Books in the United States on April 3, 2018. A paperback edition was released on April 2, 2019. Yang narrated an audiobook version released on YouTube in September 2018.

    A commenter on Peter Turchin blog mentioned this book and made me think of the use and effect of coronavirus lockdowns :

    // Maybe the virus will serve to prepare society for the explosion of applied technology that will come online in the next few years, wiping out untold millions of middle and upper middle class jobs. As someone who has spent his life in the technology sector it appears that Andrew Yang is right in his War on Normal People book.



  2. Started exploring National Review website and saw this review – you liked Hazoni’s book, so may like this too:

    // An Israeli Academic’s Case for Liberal Nationalism

    Why Nationalism by Yael Tamir

    The left-leaning Israeli political theorist Yael Tamir has written a book decidedly provocative to those who are left of center. Not only does she sing the praises of nationalism, but she exhorts her fellow liberals to embrace nationalism as a unifying force to overcome ethnic, religious, and class divisions that plague the modern nation-state.

    Ironically, in exhorting liberals to reconsider the virtues of nationalism as a noble and enduring political orientation, Tamir makes a compelling case that should be appreciated by serious conservatives.

    Why Nationalism consists of 21 short chapters, which mainly revolve around the topics of immigration, identity, and the integrative function of national narratives.

    Tamir’s experiences of having served in two Israeli governments — as minister of immigration from 1998 to 2001 and as minister of education from 2006 to 2009 — taught her that the liberal argument for “open borders, free trade, and free movement” is class-based. Whereas conservatives emphasize a shared history and inherited rights and responsibilities in the formation of the nation-state, liberals emphasize voluntarism […] Such voluntarism, argues Tamir, enables the wealthy and well connected to form networks among coastal or transnational elites, often at the expense of their compatriots.

    In the chapter “Living beyond Our Psychological Means,” Tamir argues that citizens have a psychological need for membership in a particular place. Particular places imbue their citizens with “thick,” as opposed to “thin,” identities. Thin identities have weak cultural reference points; they are not grounded in any sort of particularity. Individuals with such identities aspire to be citizens of the world but instead become citizens of nowhere.


  3. You may be able to find it based on when it was purchased. If you go online to the Kindle content manager, you can see your entire library as well as purchase dates and whether it’s still on a given device (the phone app will clear downloads to save space, but the Kindle may not—you can always redownload a purchased title).


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