Pick of the Week: Christopher Hitchens’ Arguably
Returning to the office after the holidays is not easy, and reading is perhaps the last thing on anyone’s agenda. Yet Christopher Hitchens, self-proclaimed atheist and contrarian, invites the reader to delve into his mind and sift through his ruminations on Karl Marx, Charles Dickens, Ezra Pound, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, George Orwell in his exquisite anthology of essays, Arguably. He takes a dig at Isaac Newton’s gravity, questioning everything, testing our acceptance of factoids. His notes on Newton do, however, sound oddly similar to those of Bill Bryson’s in A Short History of Nearly Everything. Just saying.
Christopher Hitchens’ essays are undeniably gripping, sharp, and even bitting, but still entertaining. Definitely worth sharing.
Pick of the Week: Primo Levi’s Periodic Table
Summer presents a great opportunity to catch up on our reading – a skill Galileo deems to give superhuman powers (and you never know when that might come in handy at the office).
Our summer book of the week is the award-winning The Periodic Table by Primo Levi, Auschwitz survivor and internationally renowned chemist, scientist, poet and writer, who combines his two loves – chemistry and writing. If you are like me, and never took a single chemistry class in school, Primo’s award-winning book beautifully illustrates Dmitri Mendeleev’s periodic table with each chapter representing a chemical element. A must read.
But if you would rather listen to the audio book, BBC Radio 4 presents a gripping dramatized version of the book here.