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I'll take a look at some of these, I haven't actually read too many African authors.
I have been reading a number of Vietnamese authors, memoirs and fiction to see the "other" side of that story.
I also recently read Flower Drum Song by by CY Lee - not a great novel but an interesting picture of San Francisco Chinatown in the 50s with all Chinese characters.
Yes, there are some great Vietnamese and Asian writers emerging with a very different perspective on the conflicts of the 1960s. I like the poetry of Ocean Vuong.
You didn't tell me Peter Acroyd's biography of Dickens was a thousand pages long! I wish I could have gotten it on my Kindle.
Oh sorry, Brian, mea culpa! I'd forgotten.
Um, do tell me how you find it once the crick of neck strain and elbow ache wears off.
This won't be bedtime reading.
Just popping in here to send festive greetings to regulars and those lurking.
May we all have a sober and peaceful 2020
xMary in Africa
Thanks Mary, best wishes to all.
Coming back here to bookmark an entry for the beginning of another year, 2020.
Posting a link to a NYT article: this was posted on a mailing list by Craig Whalley and leading to some discussion by women who had spent time in AA or who need better models of non-hierarchical. recovery
Bookmarking this too as a resource for anyone reading as a newcomer: how the brain recovers in abstinence.
New research mentioned by a friend who is interested in therapies reversing neurodevelopmental disorders in adults.
Excerpt from article
Additionally, these results may also have implications for treating other disorders, such as brain injury, stroke, addiction, etc. For example, prolonged substance abuse leads to stable molecular, cellular, structural, and behavioral changes that present a formidable problem for recovering patients (Volkow and Li, 2005). The results reviewed here suggest that correcting the maladaptive biochemical states brought about by these disorders (e.g, addiction, brain injury, etc.) may allow the brain to recover, even when key neuroanatomical changes associated with pathology are not reversed. In addition to correcting disrupted molecular processes, it is possible that manipulations that reopen highly plastic developmental states may facilitate recovery from neurodevelopmental disorders, addiction, or any other disorder that disrupts the structure and function of the brain. Altogether the findings reviewed here raise the possibility that adult treatments could one day help the many millions of people affected with neurodevelopmental disorders. They also highlight the importance and urgency of understanding the absolutely fascinating ability of the adult brain to reinvent itself.