Do you know the Barbara Streisand song......'People Who Need People'? - which said that such people are are the 'luckiest people in the world'?
When the public stops reading a novel, that book goes into a hibernation that it may never emerge from. The winter of the forgotten can last forever. Some books are never forgotten, and that’s usually because of a character. Many of Dickens’ characters – think of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol - may prove … Continue reading Rescuing Fiction | 10 forgotten Novels you might want to read
The way out is via the door. Why is it that no one will use this method? - Confucious This is another subject I've been avoiding. But reading a post last week of Cheche Winnie, a Kenyan blogger I follow (Cheche Winnie.com) because she provides an up close and interesting look into … Continue reading Rescuing the Future | climate change | first the simple answer
I still hope to one day meet and talk to a machine that is more intelligent than I am.
Whenever I see animal tracks ...... I'm always reminded of this obvious truth: that reading and writing are older than speech.
Sometimes psychologists try to explain autism using 'theory of mind'. Books on psychology devote whole chapters to theory of mind, but to keep a lid on this idea, I'll just quote Dictionary.com: the ability to interpret one’s own and other people’s mental and emotional states, understanding that each person has unique motives, perspectives, etc. Those … Continue reading Autism | Theory of Mind | Do you think like a Baboon?
Until today, whenever you visited this site, the photos you met of Alan Conrad were dishonest. That is, they were five years old, taken when I was age 70. I've been feeling guilty about this deception, so I've finally produced new ones. So whatever you see from now on is the authentic me, in 2021. … Continue reading A New Alan Conrad
When I had my previous website, The Shy Highway, the most successful thing on that site was the page "For Madmen Only", a short essay on the enigmatic ending of Herman Hesse's 1927 novel, Steppenwolf. Though a committed loner all his life (he is often found on lists of famous people proposed as Asperger candidates), … Continue reading Rescuing Fiction | Herman Hesse | Steppenwolf again |and For Madmen Only
If someone was to ask me who I think was the greatest public speaker in our time, I would respond without hesitation, Barack Obama. This morning I listened to the speech he gave this week in Richmond, Virginia on behalf of democrat Terry McAuliffe, who is running for governor again this fall (don't ask me … Continue reading Rescuing the Future | Barack Obama vs the Culture of Meanness and Tribalism