It is actors who build the world

Single Reading July Pick

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July is the hot summer. I often see the news of high temperature and melting glaciers in various places. One day when I was eating, my colleague took a deep breath and said, “The Yangtze River white sturgeon is extinct.” Everyone fell silent for a few seconds. There are also several news that make people lament “witnessing history”, such as Japan’s first encounter with assassination and Sri Lanka’s bankruptcy. We are accustomed to watching the world through the screen, releasing high-pitched emotions, but we have lost the feeling of the complex texture in real life.
At the end of the month, the Single Reading editorial team once again took stock of the spiritual life of the month, including the writers, podcasts, book designs and books that were followed in July. This reminds yourself to start from the details of life, observe and act.


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July

Writers We Follow

Writer of the Month

Wang Bang

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Following Linda’s “A Closer Look at America” ​​at the end of the last century and Liu Yu’s “Details of Democracy” in 2009, Wang Bang, who has lived in the UK for 12 years, brings us “The Texture of Poverty” which shows us in the z generation. , a brand-new way to observe and understand contemporary British society, politics, people’s livelihood, and write and understand the world we live in.

Different from general academic writing and issue-led non-fiction writing, Wang Bang’s problem consciousness is generated from the practice of personal life. As she said in the preface: “In an old capitalist society where the clockwork keeps failing and can only continue to spin like crazy, how can people who can’t keep up with the speed and can be thrown out by centrifugal force at any time can live with dignity? This book The book is my reflection on this issue.” Therefore, whether it is the analysis of poverty, reflection on the pension and medical system, or personal involvement in party politics and community activities, Wang Bang is based on his real life situation and reality. Confusion is the starting point. Her life is her ideological resource and the first scene of her writing. Her writing and practice allow us to see how an ordinary person re-examines the reality we are accustomed to with new eyes, and builds his own small world by becoming an actor.

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July

Podcasts we love to listen to

Podcast of the Month

Nice Try

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After a few years of development, podcasting has become the voice of a generation. In twos and threes, everyone gathers to chat, almost to the point where there is no podcast and no social interaction. In this respect, Nice Try is a kind of “pioneer” who uses their friends as mirrors, using small talk as a method, with frequent, casual and seemingly casual private chats, to experience the taste of the new age, and to digest this sometimes normal and sometimes normal Abnormal world, and face their own life. Therefore, it can be said that this generation is mainly composed of friendship.

COMMON FM

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Emotions sometimes only need to be fed to favorite music, and sometimes they need fresh and unfamiliar recommendations, especially on weekdays bombarded with information. If “the screw is tightening” is a commuter companion, then pure music sharing. Podcasts are brain massages in between work. As long as you believe enough in the anchor’s interest, click on the first issue with a pleasing title, and you can start the leisure time, such as:

On Wednesday afternoon, I just finished the roast goose set meal with my colleagues. First go to the first floor of the bookstore to continue the ice American style, then go back to the workstation to open this issue of COMMON FM, and the pleasant working time begins (before various calls and meetings).

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July

Book design that appeals to us

Book Design of the Month

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amorous unease

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A strong use of composition and illustration without losing detail.

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Coconut Banana Rain

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The skilled use of graphics can easily outline the scene and dynamics of coconut wind and banana rain.

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Fukase Masahisa

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The dynamic moment of the crow, the balanced text arrangement, the feeling of death and loneliness is highlighted.

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July

Books That Fill Our Spirits

Books of the Month

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thickness of life

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No matter how you define this book, it doesn’t really fit: it’s both serious, academic articles that Mr. Schilling studies on his subject (that is, Rawls-related issues of justice and liberty); Essays on Faith, Hope, and Love. These words are scattered in the space of the Internet… Douban, Weibo, people who have been following Mr. Xu Lin all the year round will definitely feel familiar in the process of reading, so compared to a book with a precise definition and strict scope, it is more It is like a carrier that reminds us of Mr. Xulin, in which we can feel his sincerity.

As Chongming said in the preface: “In a land saturated with misfortune, adhering to the cause of enlightenment, freedom, and justice is precious, and striving for this is enough to become the ideal and meaning of life; but how to persevere in the dark, in despair Hope, guarding in suffering, saving in sin, is not the concept of justice in a liberal democratic country or the concept of human beings that can provide sufficient answers.” Bystanders define whether a person’s life is a tragedy or an arrogance. Teacher Xu Lin’s path is certainly his own path, but when we embark on our path, we may also need a “light of warning” to illuminate the abyss we face.

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Say goodbye to the world in a familiar home

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This is still a book that learns how to get rid of prejudice from Mr. Chizuru Ueno. “Today’s common sense may be absurd tomorrow”, and “Today’s absurd cognition may become common sense tomorrow”, people are always easy to get stuck of your own perception and imagination. For a long time, people tend to regard loneliness as something that should not happen, but ignore that in reality, “sooner or later, everyone will return to a state of being alone”, living alone in their own homes Going is not something that is unacceptable and needs to be looked at with pity. It is people’s inherent prejudice against death, end-of-life witnesses, and the elderly living alone, as well as the negative rendering of “single elderly” by media public opinion, which makes “loneliness death” a natural fear for people, but in this book, Ueno Chizuruko teacher To pinpoint the truth of lonely death is that the deceased lived a life of isolation and helplessness, so as long as he was not alone when he was alive, there was no need to be afraid of dying alone. The core behind the single-living pension is actually the problem of burden, and the burden is actually the political problem of nursing from family to socialization. While accepting the concept of “living through the end-of-life alone safely at home”, we must also realize that behind this, we must also need the mutual help of the whole society and the guarantee given by the government from the level of the nursing system.

“Please remember that in a society that can’t let people grow old with peace of mind, the future of its young people will also be very dangerous. The reason is very simple. You are still young now, and you will grow old one day.”

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Hi: A Qin official and his world

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As a solid academic book, this book presents the life of an ordinary man in the Qin Dynasty, “Xi”, and the unknown world he lived in. The author uses the craftsmanship of historians to discover people in history, takes “hi” as the breakthrough point, and constructs the history of daily rule under the Qin system by sorting out documents. The author writes in the preface, “I may well describe a world that Xi does not know at all, and Xi may very well deny that the person I am writing about is himself”, but it is undeniable that “since there are thousands of people , then there are thousands of worlds”, this book is not only very distinctive in form, it also explores the position of the individual in the power structure, and also allows us to see the connection with each era of later generations.

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where is it

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This book reminds us that our attitudes towards animals are sometimes full of contradictions. The book writes about wild animals, economic animals, experimental animals, show animals, and companion animals, and behind these classifications is the human ruler. The history of the development of human industrial civilization is also the history of animal suffering. Needless to say, the lack of self-control of human beings will bring disasters to themselves. Many common things are actually worth reflecting on, such as the zoo that has become a paradise for humans and a prison for animals, animal shelters designed to make the city “clean”, the relationship between cats and contemporary urbanites between wild and domesticated… …The way animals are treated often foreshadows the way humans are treated, reducing unnecessary suffering in animals and relieving the chronic pain of human destiny.

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Amenorrhea

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“Amenorrhea”? Is that “Amenorrhea”? When I saw this little book with a brightly colored cover in a bookstore, a question naturally popped up. After reading the entire book, this question makes people feel ashamed. The author Ito Hiraimi speaks openly and naturally about his own aging, how to experience menopause and amenorrhea, how to face physical aging much earlier than mental aging, how to face the departure of relatives and pets, and how to face mother and daughter A new stage in the relationship.

The important thing is that she talked about these issues without any shyness. She didn’t even have the pain we imagined about these experiences – of course, there was still irritability, trouble, but not pain, she loved her physical response, and she was honest Face the changes you experience. In this book, in addition to the appreciation of the author at the literary level, more importantly, we can learn from Ito Hironomi and eliminate the shame that should not have been there.

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Coconut Banana Rain

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This hot and humid Nanyang Tales is a collection of novella, short stories and mini-novels written by Hong Kong literary writer Liu Yichang during the Nanyang period. Coconut leaves fluttering in the wind, torrential rain slapped bananas, and the heat wave in the Lion City is smoldering. Some exotic Malaysian and Singaporean Chinese language evokes the unique flavor of that era. Wong Kar-wai said that it is the happiest thing for the world to re-understand and know that Hong Kong once had a writer like Liu Yichang. In the novel’s unexplainable mood and the rhythm of dialogue revolving around Silian, it seems that it is not difficult for readers to re-imagine Zhou Muyun, who shuttles back and forth in the newspaper office, and meets Su Lizhen, the neighbor.

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looking for a doorman

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If you’ve ever talked to a doorman, he seems to know too much. But in most people’s lives, the doorman is a relatively invisible, even more symbolic function than the actual function of the group.

Peter Bierman, a professor of sociology at Columbia University, pointedly pointed out that there are many puzzling dualities in doormen: doormen are spatially close to the occupants, know who they associate with, whether they are bad for their wives, whether they are eccentric Sexual fetishes, but their social relationships are so remote that they seem non-existent; doormen, who claim to provide a uniform service, are truly professional in actively understanding the preferences of different residents, or even only promoting them; the work of doormen, in the Ming Dynasty On the surface, it is for safety reasons, but in fact, most of the guards are useless…

The book “Looking for the Doorman” written by Bierman not only uses rich field records to take us deep into the doorman world of New York, where the millennium is located, but also tells us whether these interesting stories are important to New York, to the doorman, or to those who have not even obtained it. What’s the point of a traditional doorman serving readers. The “social grammar” that seems to be unique to the world of gatekeepers can actually be logically and methodically used to understand a wide variety of social networks, especially those dualistic relationships between front and back stories.

“If there is no acting, then it is difficult for us to take any action.” From the behavior patterns of the doormen, we can also glimpse what George Eliot said about the gap between acting and action. , such gaps occur in every moment of human interaction and often have small but profound implications for our relationship.

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outside of playing
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Although the title of the book has the word “outside”, I guess that this book should break away from the stereotype of famous books – tell me about my career as an artist who “endured hardships” and share the experience of polishing my skills, but I didn’t expect that I could write Good to this extent. The philosophical thinking that has to be read back and forth several times, the sour literary expression (not because of sensationalism, but the strong empathy that has been provoked), reading this book is like taking a music lesson in simple language, beyond the knowledge point , the concept of metaphysical speculation, with the help of his words to sort out the original hazy perception. There is a saying in the Analects that “a gentleman is not an instrument”, but we have long expected others and ourselves to be like instruments, as long as they are “useful”, the pianist’s use is to complete the performance on the stage, day after day, year after year, most of them. Pain for it. In addition to playing, writing this book is probably a rare opportunity for Zhang Haochen to let his broad interests and thoughts stretch out to the unknown end. Although the piano is the foundation of his life, he is more fortunate that he can become a rich person.


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