[Podcasts] The Discovery of Middle Earth: Mapping the Lost World of the Celts by Graham Robb

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From the John Batchelor podcast site:

A treasure hunt that uncovers the secrets of one of the world’s great civilizations, revealing dramatic proof of the extreme sophistication of the Celts, and their creation of the earliest accurate map of the world.

Fifty generations ago the cultural empire of the Celts stretched from the Black Sea to Ireland and the Highlands of Scotland. In six hundred years, the Celts had produced some of the finest artistic and scientific masterpieces of the ancient world. In 58 BC, Julius Caesar marched over the Alps, bringing slavery and genocide to western Europe. Within eight years the Celts of what is now France were utterly annihilated, and in another hundred years the Romans had overrun Britain. It is astonishing how little remains of this great civilization.

To purchase the book, go here.

[Literature] The Fight of Their Lives: How Juan Marichal and John Roseboro Turned Baseball’s Ugliest Brawl into a Story of Forgiveness and Redemption

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As the 2018 Major League Baseball season, this new book by John Rosengren talks about one of the ugliest incidents (and a legendary moment in their rivalry) between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, and the redemption which occurred between the main protagonists of this powerful story.  John Batchelor interviews Rosengren in a three part interview below:

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[Literature] My Second-Ever Chinese Language Book Purchase

You may have noticed a severe dearth if posts here at AMOT… That’s because I moved to China to do a bit of work. Since I’m here, I thought I’d raid the local bookstore, translator in hand, and see if I could find something that would inspire me to finally learn Chinese. Here is the fruit of my labor – a collection of poems by Li Po.

As for that first book, is was Records of the Grand Historian by Sima Qian.

[Literature] The sentence is itself an odyssey | William H. Gass analyzes a sentence from Joyce’s Ulysses — Biblioklept

Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom have stopped at a cabman’s shelter, a small coffeehouse under the Loop Line Bridge, for a cuppa and a rest on their way home. And the hope that the coffee will sober Stephen up. After an appropriate period of such hospitality, Bloom sees that it is time to leave. James […]

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[Music] Mohammed M’Rabet & Paul Bowles – The Storyteller & the Fisherman


My first introduction to the world of Paul Bowles, as well as the Sub Rosa record label, was through this disc. The combination of stories read by Bowles himself, as well as the artwork and ambiance by storyteller Mohammed M’Rabet, made it wonderful bedtime listening, allowing me to transport my mind to what a hazy, stoned Tangier must have been like in the 1950s and 60s. This aged very nicely.