Austrian writer Franz Kafka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I am about three-quarters through with this book and I am to the part about time Kafka spent in the sanatorium battling tuberculosis. You would think this would be drudgery but Stach brings Kafka’s emotions and how he handles the tuberculosis where you feel as if you are right there.
Kafka is one of the most complex individuals I have ever read about and I am looking forward to reading his actual work. This year has been wonderful thus far in reading in that I have been introduced to two characters in history I knew nothing about: A.O. Hirschman and Franz Kafka. I strongly urge you to get out of your comfort zone and read something or about someone that you have very little knowledge of or none at all.
“Developing countries required more than capital. They needed practice in making difficult economic decisions. Economic progress was the product of successful habits—and there is no better teacher, Hirschman felt, than a little adversity.”
In my own life right now, the commercial printing business is very challenging and to be quite honest depressing at times. However, this quote, however mundane, allowed me to see that I should look forward to adversity because it makes you look outside the box and challenges you in ways you would never imagine.
English: This is a photograph from the assortment of freely available pictures at Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s web site. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I have finished readingWorldly Philosopher: The Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman by Jeremy Adler and as I have stated in earlier posts I really enjoyed reading about someone that I was unfamiliar with. This is one of these books that you read and find out things about the world that you are totally ignorant. An example for me is Latin America during this turbulent time in their history and also the fleeing of the Jews from Germany preceding the Second World War. This is an excellent book and if you have any interest in understanding this particular time in history and the struggles of the world during this time you need to read this book.
I am returning to Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb and am analytically reading this. I have been on the website www.fooledbyrandomness.com and am working on a better understanding of this subject. I will be writing on my findings but it seems that it may be slow going. When you realize that this subject matter is very important you want to make sure that you have a great understanding of the material. Any insight from our readers on this subject would be greatly appreciated!!!
“Perhaps it is not good to learn too many “useful things too early in life, for then one will never question the moment one learnt. For innovation to be possible late learning may be essential.”
I have never contemplated this at all and this comes from a grandfather (Albert O. Hirschman) showing his granddaughter (4 years old) how to prepare newspaper for making a fire. Isn’t it amazing that some of our life-changing thoughts or moments in our lives come through our most mundane experiences.
I am approximately one hundred pages from finishing Worldy Philosopher: The Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman By Jeremy Adleman and as I have said previously I am truly enjoying it. What I have picked up in this part of the book is the vast amount of reading that Hirschman did but I was truly surprised how much time he spent in the classics and on Machiavelli and Montaigne. He kept going back to them and I find that refreshing in that by rereading he kept coming up with new perspectives in how to tackle the problems that were being presented to him.
It made me realize that instead of concentrating on new material that I ought to spend more time focusing on analytically reading some material that I have previously focused on to get a better grasp and a better understanding.