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Does Information Smell?

Riccardo Manzotti and Tim Parks have been doing a nice job of creating a fun and thought provoking series of dialogs in the New York Review Daily. 5,760 more words

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Where I’m Reading From – Tim Parks (2014) – A Book About Books Review

Tim Parks is a Booker shortlisted British novelist who has developed a global following.  This has come about from a lengthy career of 16 novels, for his non-fiction work, from journalistic pieces in Italy where he has lived for many years, for his translations from Italian to English and as a contributor and columnist for the New York Review Of Books where these essays first saw the light of day. 590 more words

Consciousness: An Object Lesson

Riccardo Manzotti and Tim Parks have been having an entertaining series of conversations in the on-line section of the New York Review of Books, “NYR Daily”, since last November. 3,989 more words

Cognitive Science

Consolations Beyond the Image

I came late in life, and almost by accident, upon the work of W.G. Sebald. The Rings of Saturn only popped up because a friend– who still doesn’t have that much trust in literature– felt compelled by a piece of scholarship to read the late German great, and then further bound by friendship to notify me that he’d found an exact literary fit for my mode of being in this world. 1,147 more words

Tim Parks - Calm - Thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed “Calm”, a book part of the Vintage Minis collection with selections from Tim Park’s “Teach Us to Sit Still”.
Park, in these selections, explains how he’s an absolute skeptic about spirituality. 145 more words


Meditation is the Key (1/2): The Beginning of Biosphere Consciousness?

Meditation is the key for opening the doors of mysteries. In that state man abstracts himself: in that state man withdraws himself from all outside objects; in that subjective mood he is immersed in the ocean of spiritual life and can unfold the secrets of things-in-themselves.

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Calm by Tim Parks

Paperback, Vintage, £3.50, out now

“Don’t think, Tim.  Do not think!  Do not give yourself commands not to think!  Silence!”

In this short delicious extract from his book Teach us to Sit Still, Parks is a very funny and very honest guide to the world of meditation.  250 more words