Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 080

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Twenty short nonfiction works chosen by the readers. "Not one of us actually thinks for himself, or in any orderly and scientific manner. The pressure of environment, of mass ideas, of the socialized intelligence... is too enormous to be withstood." (H. L. Mencken, 1919) The individual and society were central to several vol. 080 reads: The Genealogy of Etiquette; A Lounge on the Lawn; Alexander Pushkin; Princess Zizianoff; The Hanseatic League; and The Limits of Atheism. Science and the inventive mind were covered in "On the Science of Experiments; Coffey's Science of Logic; Medicine and It's Subjects; How a Fast Train is Run; and The Telephone. Travel and customs were explored in Rupert Brooke & Skyros; Lundy Island; and An Unfamiliar Naples. Nature studies included Wildflowers of the Farm; Birds in the Calendar; Trees in Landscape Painting, and A Tame Rook. Finally, a dog's life received favorable comparison with our own in The Superior Animal. Summary by Sue Anderson

The authorship of Lundy Island, originally ascribed to Anonymous has been determined through genealogical research to be Amelia Ann Heaven, a member of the family which owned the island from 1834 to 1918.

Roger Bacon's On the Science of Experiments was translated by Andrew George Little (1863-1945) (7 hr 6 min)


Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin 11:28 Read by KevinS
Birds in the Calendar, June, Voices of the Night 10:17 Read by PS Ahdi
Coffey's Science of Logic: Wittgenstein Book Review 3:56 Read by Landon D. C. Elkind
Flowers of the Farm, Introduction 6:08 Read by Maida
The Genealogy of Etiquette 34:14 Read by MrFace
Hanseatic League 27:45 Read by Piotr Nater
How a Fast Train is Run 18:19 Read by MrFace
The Limits of Atheism, Or, Why Should Sceptics Be Outlaws? 45:14 Read by Availle
A Lounge On the Lawn 10:42 Read by Ted Hanlon
Lundy Island 13:23 Read by Colleen McMahon
Medicine and its Subjects (AD 1025) 9:55 Read by Craig Campbell
On the Science of Experiments (AD 1267) 5:31 Read by Craig Campbell
Princess Nina Zizianoff Tells Her Story (1921) 32:23 Read by Colleen McMahon
Rupert Brooke and Skyros 19:02 Read by KevinS
The Superior Animal 14:51 Read by Ted Hanlon
A Tame Rook 6:13 Read by Sue Anderson
The Telephone, Birth of the Telephone 38:55 Read by Jay Randolph
The Telephone, From Invention to Business 1:14:22 Read by Jay Randolph
Trees in Landscape Painting, Considerations of Balance 25:29 Read by Sue Anderson
An Unfamiliar Naples (1914) 18:10 Read by BettyB