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“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” 
― Kurt VonnegutMother Night

  • Immersive Reading as a Lifestyle - I love how ‘immersive reading’ adds to your awareness of details afterwards. Probably a lot of what makes my friends think I am an absolute genius is down to immersive reading (and the rest is due to my being an … Continue reading

Books 

“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.” 
― Diane DuaneSo You Want to Be a Wizard

  • The First 250 Books - I am working on making my own ‘1001 Books’ list, reading all the books on the various editions of Boxall’s 1001 Books lists, and on the Guardian’s 1001 Books list, and reading lots of additional books, and putting the ‘deserving’ … Continue reading
  • My Bookbag: 3 Good Nonfiction Audiobooks - Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, by Sam Harris – This is a sort of memoir and exploration of spirituality as a concept divorced from religion. The audiobook is read by the author, and is easy to listen … Continue reading
  • Review: Pok Pok: The Drinking Food of Thailand - I received my copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for a fair review. Pok Pok: The Drinking Food of Thailand, by Andy Ricker I don’t normally read cookbooks, but I love experimenting with non-Western ingredients and … Continue reading
  • Introducing ‘Jamie’s Reviews’ book review form posts - Starting soon, I’m putting up form-style reviews of all the books I’ve read. I’ll post the full form-reviews (book-review worksheets) on tumblr, which provides a nice, searchable interface and a format that makes more sense for posting lots of non-prose … Continue reading

Music

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” 
― Victor Hugo

  • New Weekly Spotify Playlist: May 1-7 - I spent a while listening to my friend’s radio project The Colorado Playlist online today and decided it has been far too long since I last made one of these. So, here are 21 songs (because one of them is … Continue reading
  • Ravenmount Media Challenge 2017 - Do you like a good annual challenge? Here’s a new one I put together for 2017. It has 3 sections, for books, music, and film. Books (20 books)- Read … At least 2 books from a murder mystery series that … Continue reading
  • Album of the Evening- Stages - Album of the Evening- Stages by Josh Groban The longer I blog about music, the less I seem to tolerate albums in the classical/pop crossover subgenre that all include the same songs. I suppose if you are a man singing baritone or … Continue reading
  • Album of the Evening- Hushabye - Album of the Evening – Hushabye, by Hayley Westenra I had enough high energy evening music for a while, at least enough that tonight’s album is a lullaby collection by one of the women whose voice I occasionally wish I … Continue reading

Science

“We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” 
― Carl Sagan

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Ravenmount is a blog devoted to books, music, the arts, science and great ideas, with a twitter account(@ravenmount1), tumblr page, and facebook pages (Ravenmount and Ravenmount Books). If you want to chip in something to help keep the lights and internet on, or to help fund my supply of Coca Cola, honey-blended whiskey, and wine (vital writing tools, of course), check out my nifty paypal tip jar in the navigation bar at the top of the page.

– Jamie B. , owner/operator/manager/writer/editor/etc. for Ravenmount

 

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