440. This Pile of Books on my Desk

In this episode I just want to talk to you about this pile of 16 books I have on my desk. These are (mostly) books I haven’t read yet but which I picked up recently. I have lots of piles of books like this lying around and I must read them all but I can’t find the time! Anyway, I think they’re really interesting. I either received them as presents, was recommended them by friends and family or I bought them for myself when visiting book shops over the last year or two. I love books, and browsing bookshops is one of my favourite things. If only I was a faster reader!

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Part of the reason I’m doing this is because I just want to encourage you to read more and I would like to arouse your interest in books. Perhaps I can give you some encouragement to read a copy of one of these books, or perhaps this will encourage you to pick up a book (in English) from the pile of books that you probably have in your home too, and start reading it.

In any case, I hope you join me on this little exploration through this pile of books I have on my desk.

Here’s the list of books I talk about in this episode (also in the picture)

The Xenephobe’s Guide to The English, The French, The Japanese
The British Empire: A Very Short Introduction by Ashley Jackson
:59 Seconds by Professor Richard Wiseman
William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction by Stanley Wells
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Mo Meta Blues by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
The Call of the Cthulu and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Sartori in Paris by Jack Kerouac
David Bowie: The Last Interview Various journalists and publications
The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy: You Must Unleard What You Have Learned
Terminator and Philosophy: I’ll Be Back Therefore I Am
The Girls by Emma Cline
The Valley of Fear (Sherlock Holmes graphic novel)

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  • Orion team (Antonio)

    Hi LEPsters,

    This episode, 440, is finished so you can work with it and improve it if you like.

    docs.google.com/document/d/1zogNzLlvmn7gsVuVNc52rPijfdv9iRZfhh1XZMhQaSs/edit?usp=sharing

    Thanks to all the transcribers

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  • GUIDO DEMURTAS
    • Brilliant! LEPsters of the world – unite!

      • ptholome

        This post must be on the home page to make others people from Milan that this group exist. Could you move it, Luke?

      • I can’t move posts from one location to another I’m afraid! But you’re right, this deserves more attention!

      • ptholome

        Maybe they don’t know how this podcast works. I am going to tell them to post it on the home page.

        Thanks.

      • ptholome

        Anyway, the other day I was listening your last two episodes and I decided to add a new podcast about grammar. and in this podcast I heard a great answer to the question: Why do we need to learn about grammar? and the answer was: To make our English beautiful (or any other language) I loved this answer because it is easy to understand. But I have never heard it before.

        Big hugs from Spain, maybe 40 degrees today. :)

    • ptholome

      I would like to see the cakes.

      • GUIDO DEMURTAS

        Haha! Just come to Milan and I will be more than happy to show them to you.

      • ptholome

        I would if I could but I can’t… :)

    • ptholome

      Hi, People,

      You must put this picture on the home page and speak a bit about your meet up in Milan.
      Everything you post on the home page is being communicated to any other member who subscribed this podcast.
      SO, if you like other people could be informed you should do it on the home page comments.
      Regards

      • GUIDO DEMURTAS

        Hi Ptholome (by the way: what’s your name?), Luke has managed to copy the picture on the home page and I have just added a comment. I’ve seen you are from Andalucia and want let you know that my wife and me are spending the last weekend of June in Alicante which should be not so far from where you live.

      • ptholome

        my name is Antonio. and yes we are 700 km from Alicante… there is not a direct road so we need to drive to Madrid to take the high road Madrid -Valencia… :)

      • GUIDO DEMURTAS

        Nice to meet you, Antonio. Just one last question: what did you mean exactly when you said you would have liked to see the cakes?

      • ptholome

        Because I thought you were in a “salon de tea” like they call it in France where we can eat cakes, coffee, hot chocolate or whatever sweet you like.
        Old souvenirs…

      • GUIDO DEMURTAS

        Yes, actually we were in that kind of place. But more than cakes you could find there small pastries.

      • ptholome

        I love them too. :)

      • GUIDO DEMURTAS

        So, you would be welcome to Milan (there are also other delicious disches rather than pastries…)

      • ptholome

        I can’t be there but maybe we can connect through Skype in one of your meetings. :)

      • GUIDO DEMURTAS

        Yes of course: it would be my pleasure. In the meantime I’ll post the view I captured a few days ago from my balcony uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c5a33a85327d9ed0def8ace56ef178ea6406c96037839faeccd87d636c32fe84.jpg

      • ptholome

        Wow.

      • GUIDO DEMURTAS

        And here is something to help bury this kind of hatchet youtu.be/lHfHVEXSPAU

      • ptholome

        Beautiful song and beautifully done. Thanks Guido.

      • GUIDO DEMURTAS

        Yes, even though the sound is not so good. As you can see this video was recorded from the television