Book of the Month Archive

Book of the Month

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Each month, the Internet of Words presents a selection of content: fiction, essays, poetry and non-fiction, inspired and directly influenced by our Book of the Month.

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September 2017

September’s featured text was ‘Freakonomics’ by
Steven D. Levitt and & Stephen J. Dubner

You can buy it here.

Featured Essays:

6th September

When Steven Met Stephen: One was a Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, the other an award-winning journalist and media personality. After the latter was asked to write a profile of the former in the summer of 2003, the phenomena of Freakonomics was born…

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13th September

The Hidden side of Everything: You don’t need a degree to understand the interconnected nature of the Universe, but what is required is a means to unpick conventional thinking and grasp the bigger picture. Freakonomics demands its readers reconsider everything they know in order to redefine the World around them…

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20th September

Why Numbers are Scary, and Other Stories: I’ve lived with an economist for thirty years and his understanding of the World has become a vital part of my life, even though I’m a self-confessed number hater. As I grasp why the maths matters, there is a revelation about how early education affects the rest of your life…

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27th September

Roll Six to Start: How much of gambling is luck, and how much luck can one man create when his entire existence is on the line?

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This month’s exclusive Patreon content consisted of four acrostic poems.

 


August 2017

August’s featured text was ‘Consider Her Ways and Others’ by John Wyndham.
You can buy it here.

Featured Essays:

2nd August

Understanding Wyndham: Described by Stephen King as ‘perhaps the best writer of science fiction England has ever produced’ we explain who Wyndham was and how his craft was influenced by the turbulent history he lived through…

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9th August

Consider the Future: Consider Her Ways quite literately changed my life when I first read it in my early teens. Over thirty years on, the story of ‘a world without men’ is still relevant, funny and ultimately believable…

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16th August

Memoirs of the Twentieth Century: Wyndham’s short stories on time travel were typical of an age obsessed with the concept of changing the future. We consider the origins of the genre, and how modern media has expanded on those early efforts.

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23rd August

Soft Reboot: In a future where men are grown yet women are created, a fledgling AI makes a tentative pact with a disabled girl to advance the human race…

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All the exclusive Patreon content this month was poetry-based, with subject matter inspired by themes from four of the six short stories in the collection:

Odd :: Stitch in Time :: Random Quest :: A Long Spoon


July 2017

July’s featured text was ‘Ways of Seeing’ by John Berger.
You can buy it here.

Featured Essays:

5th July

Seeing a New World: John Berger redefined the process of visual criticism with the groundbreaking ‘Ways of Seeing’; we discuss what a modern audience can learn from his observations.

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12th July

My Body, My Internet: How the business of individual body perception has come of age thanks to Social media and personal awareness, and why this freedom matters more then ever before.

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19th July

The Ambiguity of Image: Learning to understand that ‘what you see is what you get’ may not always be the truth: there are lessons to be learnt around the concept of duality by everyone in this brave new world…

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26th July

The Key To Dreams: Faced with fatal disease, one man changes his life after answering an advert…

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