Genre Archive : non-fiction

(Genres are usual for categorising stuff but apart from that they mean very little to me, so you might not agree with what I have listed where)

The voice that thunders
The voice that thunders by Alan Garner

Earlier this year I read The Owl Service by Alan Garner, and I had many many thoughts about it, and […]

Clever dog
Clever Dog by Sarah Whitehead

illus. by Jo van Kampen. I’ll admit that I’ve watched a fair amount of Cesar Milan and his dog whispering, […]

What makes this book so great
What makes this book so great - Jo Walton

My first non-fiction book of 2014! And it is a book all about books. The best sort of book I […]

Rin Tin Tin
Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean

The life and legend of the world’s most famous dog While serving during World War I serviceman Lee Duncan came […]

The good, the bad and the multiplex
the good the bad and the multiplex - Mark Kermode

As a film critic Mark Kermode watches films. A lot of films. A whole lot of films, and he often […]

Obedience to authority
obedience to authority

In the 1960s Stanley Milgram and his associates carried out a number of experiments on obedience. They were set-up a […]

Grave’s end

In 1982 Elaine Mercado and her family moved from an apartment into what they hoped would be their dream home. […]

The Islandman

Translated from the Irish (An tOileánach) by Robin Flower Tomás Ó Criomhthain, or, if you’d prefer an anglicised version, Thomas […]

In defence of dogs

I watch The Dog Whisperer, and while I enjoy it I’m often put off by Milan’s insistence that the dog […]

The dogs of war

Received free from NetGalley. I’m a sucker for an animal story, especially a dog story, so although I thought this […]

The lost art of reading

It is strange, I’ve often come across media stories on the “decline” of reading as a result of modern technology. […]

The moral animal

moral animal

What does the theory of evolution have to do with morals? Can it explain why we feel guilt or love? Or why men cheat?

Evolutionary psychology is an attempt to use evolution to explain why people are the way they are. The theory posits that the many many cultures have many items in common, these commanalities cannot be explained by conicidence alone, there must be some reason that humankind has developed these cultural norms. Wright, and other evolutionary psychologists would argue that as human beings evolved certain psychological traits were more conducive to an increase in descendents and therefore became the norm.