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Manny Rayner's book reviews

I love reviewing books - have been doing it at Goodreads, but considering moving here.

Currently reading

The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution
Richard Dawkins
R in Action
Robert Kabacoff
Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies
Douglas R. Hofstadter
McGee on Food and Cooking: An Encyclopedia of Kitchen Science, History and Culture
Harold McGee
Epistemic Dimensions of Personhood
Simon Evnine
Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning (Information Science and Statistics)
Christopher M. Bishop
Relativity, Thermodynamics and Cosmology
Richard C. Tolman
The Cambridge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition
Julia Herschensohn, Martha Young-Scholten

Nijntje in het museum / druk 1

Nijntje in het museum - Dick Bruna Visiting the Tate Modern the other day, we went round Meschac Gaba's installation, which does a better than average job of messing with your mind. One of the many clever ideas is that the library and the gift shop have been made integral parts of the exhibit. Alas, most of the stuff in the gift shop is no longer for sale; apparently it was originally, but people kept buying it. The library contains a bizarre collection, including many children's books in Dutch. (Gaba's wife is from Holland).

I spent a few minutes reading this charming little story in rhymed verse. Guessing rather a lot of the words - my Dutch is really basic - I followed Nijntje, a young rabbit, as he first persuades his parents that he is so old enough to go to the contemporary art exhibition and then argues with them about the various works on display.

"I know what I'm going to do when I grow up!" he says when they get home. "I'm going to be a contemporary artist too!"

I believe it's a series: one more of these, and I could easily become a Nijntje fan.