Monday Miscellany: Starlings, Spies, Sanderson

1. Look, let’s lead with the best. Shakespeare is why starlings are an American nuisance.

2. Illustrating weird laws.

3. Brandon Sanderson’s magical systems are among my favorite.

4. This advice is also good, but I’m mainly linking because it introduced me to the HULK-KU or, haiku written as if Incredible Hulk.




5. Pessimism traps.

The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It, Kelly McGonigal
Excellent and personally useful. You can see my highlights here.

Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide, Eric Boghosian
Fascinating; also a genocide I know relatively little about.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War, Karen Abbott
This was fun. Constructed almost entirely from primary sources.

3 thoughts on “Monday Miscellany: Starlings, Spies, Sanderson

  1. Been following the blog for a while, big fan. I am a “lapsed voracious” reader, can hardly read 50 pages a day / book a week now. How do you read so much? Any tips?

    1. There’s a couple of things!
      1) I am an unusually fast reader, at 900-1,200 wpm. This is something that’s been true for a long time, and I didn’t intentionally get the skill.
      2) I read in an ipad, which means I can read between tasks, like waiting on emails
      3) I have a long commute on public transit during the school year, which adds up to about two hours of reading a day.
      4) my library has auto delivery of kindle rentals, which massively decreases the work of acquiring books

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