Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye.
Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language by Emma Byrne
Why I have it: Listed at the beginning of the year.
Summary: The history of swearing; how it helps us deal with anxiety and pain; and why swearing can be good for you (the author makes a bloody strong case for being foulmouthed).
I’m thinking: No – feel like I got the gist from the introduction (although the bit about the use of fuck and shit as an indicator of whether a football team was winning or losing was interesting).
The Politics of Opera by Mitchell Cohen
Why I have it: Came across it in my opera travels.
Summary: A history of the entwined development of opera and politics.
I’m thinking: No – would like to think I’d have the stamina for this book but I’m also realistic.
Factfulness by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund
Why I have it: Spotted on this list.
Summary: Ten reasons we’re wrong about the world and why things are better than we might think (basically we’re healthier, richer and safer than ever before).
I’m thinking: No – it’s a style thing.
So much swearing going on in this house thanks to our dipshit politicians that we must both be bursting with health.
So that’s why the air over the Bristol Channel is looking blue today…….
Hans Rosling has done a lot of TED talks. They are worth watching.
I’ll check them out – perhaps more compelling than the book??
The Politics of Opera is brilliantly niche – I’ve sent it to a few customers but it is pretty dense…
I really, really love opera but this book is extremely dense… I have a good ‘opera’ friend – might make him read it first!
Much as I’m heartened by the argument of the first one, being quite a sweary soul myself (I rein it in online 😉 ) I can imagine it would soon wear thin in a book. I could do with the last one right now, to help me cope with the daily news – Susan’s comment sums up the situation exactly!
I also love a bit of swearing but I do think the book might have seemed gratuitous by the end.