12 Rules for Life — Jordan B. Peterson

This is fun to read and it may change your life. The subtitle describes it best: chaos (particularly perhaps the chaos of the modern world) is what Peterson dreads, and he offers prescriptions, strategies and even commandments for how to preserve an ordered and civilised life from the relentlessly pounding waves of entropy. And all presented using language that virtually demands to be read out loud.

Each of the 12 homely “rules” is really just the starting point for a wide discussion of how life should best be lived. Peterson is a psychologist and a Christian, and those are the lenses through which he views the world. There is a lot about biblical history and teachings — a lot of it is presented as metaphor so it is still somewhat relevant even to non-Christian and even non-religious people. But still, there is a lot more bible-bashing than I was expecting, even from such a famously conservative figure. Each of the 12 chapters ends with a restatement of the rule as its last sentence. For some reason I find this irritating and twee. And I normally like tweeness.

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A reading dinner tonight… and now our…

A reading dinner tonight… and now our star is on the map. Yours could be too! bds.org.nz/booknight
#booknight2018 #readnz

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At #AWF18 — thanks to @davideagleman…

At #AWF18 — thanks to @davideagleman for a fascinating, inspiring and packed talk. Have to buy his book now…

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Best kids’ menu EVAR at Tucks & Bao…

Best kids’ menu EVAR at Tucks & Bao www.tucksandbao.co.nz twitter.com/bnnt/status/978522080537862144/photo/1

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Urban cricket. Motorway on one side,…

Urban cricket. Motorway on one side, bagpipe band practice on the other. A pleasant day out, but not a quiet one.… twitter.com/i/web/status/969696408310722560

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New Ladytron album coming this year! I…

New Ladytron album coming this year! I just pre-ordered it at www.pledgemusic.com/projects/ladytron @PledgeMusic #electronic

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Audiovisual piece skewering the…

Audiovisual piece skewering the “vacuous repetition of 24 hour rolling news”. Like a nightmare version of CNN. vantablank-stare.u-i-q.org

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A Manual for Cleaning Women — Lucia Berlin

Short stories based on Berlin’s life. Squalor and alcoholism feature prominently. Many of the stories concern marginalised people: they suffer so much injustice but still manage to keep going. Even so, I wouldn’t describe the stories as uplifting. I picked … Continue reading

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There’s something for everyone at…

There’s something for everyone at Waikaraka Park. twitter.com/bnnt/status/964608300070313984/photo/1

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Owls Do Cry — Janet Frame

This is deservedly one of the classic New Zealand novels. When I returned it to the library, the librarian eagerly asked me how it was. I said it was really good — a novel version of Frame’s short stories. The … Continue reading

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