Explaining is a difficult art. You can explain something so that your reader understands the words; and you can explain something so that the reader feels it in the marrow of his bones. To do the latter, it sometimes isn’t enough to lay the evidence before the reader in a dispassionate way. You have to become an advocate and use the tricks of the advocate’s trade.

Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker
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Read/listened to during my commute.

We are not born knowing what to eat; as omnivores it is something we each have to figure out for ourselves. From childhood onward, we learn how big a β€œportion” is and how sweet is too sweet. We learn to enjoy green vegetablesβ€”or not. But how does this education happen? What are the origins of taste?

Eating well is a skill. We learn it. Or not. It’s something we can work on at any age.

In First Bite, award-winning food writer Bee Wilson draws on the latest research from food psychologists, neuroscientists, and nutritionists to reveal that our food habits are shaped by a whole host of factors: family and culture, memory and gender, hunger and love.

We worry about the next five minutes when we should be thinking about the next five years.

The way we learn to eat holds the key to why food has gone so disastrously wrong for so many people. But Wilson also shows that both adults and children have immense potential for learning new, healthy eating habits. An exploration of the extraordinary and surprising origins of our tastes and eating habits, First Bite also shows us how we can change our palates to lead healthier, happier lives.

Read as single issues. Collects MISTER MIRACLE #1-6.

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Scott Free is the greatest escape artist that ever lived. So great, he escaped Granny Goodness’ gruesome orphanage and the dangers of Apokolips to travel across galaxies and set up a new life on Earth with his wife, Big Barda. Using the stage alter ego of Mister Miracle, he has made quite a career for himself showing off his acrobatic escape techniques. He even caught the attention of the Justice League, who has counted him among its ranks.

You might say Scott Free has everything–so why isn’t it enough? Mister Miracle has mastered every illusion, achieved every stunt, pulled off every trick–except one. He has never escaped death. Is it even possible? Our hero is going to have to kill himself if he wants to find out.

 

 

The Norse myths are the myths of a chilly place, with long, long winter nights and endless summer days, myths of a people who did not entirely trust or even like their gods, although they respected and feared them.

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Read at Palaniyarpalayam on my Kindle.

Gaiman goes back to his best inspiration, the Norse mythology. I already have an audiobook version of the Norse Mythology read by Gaiman himself. But before I wanted to listen to that, I wanted to read this as the first book of this year’s reading challenge.

Gaiman provides an inkling of the lives and deaths of the Gods of the North. This isn’t a epic tale or the entire myths concerning the gods. But rather a collection of tales, some short and some long ones on some familiar themes that we may already be aware of like how Thor got his hammer or how Baldur dies.

It is a long story, and it does no credit to anyone: there is murder in it, and trickery, lies and foolishness, seduction and pursuit.

I had read the Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris and Gaiman’s book adds more flesh to my understanding of the Norse mythology. Gaiman’s wit sparkles inbetween the tales especially the interactions between Thor and Loki.

There were things Thor did when something went wrong. The first thing he did was ask himself if what had happened was Loki’s fault. Thor pondered. He did not believe that even Loki would have dared to steal his hammer. So he did the next thing he did when something went wrong, and he went to ask Loki for advice.

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Norse Mythology by Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman (neilgaiman.com)