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What are you reading? 2 months 6 days ago #3590436

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I recently started reading '2018 The Best American Essays, edited by Hilton Als. A book that was loan to me. So far so good.

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What are you reading? 2 months 6 days ago #3590477

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The Last Correspondent by Soraya M Lane.
Not enjoying it.

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I have measured out my life with coffee spoons....
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What are you reading? 2 months 5 days ago #3590561

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Commandant of Auschwitz - by Rudolf Horses

Telling his story his view of his life and action. I is laughable (not in a funny way) that halfway through the book he still has not done anything wrong and explains away what he did do.

Only for WWII readers. Between 1 and 10, I give it a 5

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What are you reading? 2 months 5 days ago #3590603

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I opened a "Psychometrika" text. Not sure how it got in the bookcase. I don't believe my wife was interested in the subject.

Anyway, psychometrics seek to provide more accurate tests in measuring intelligence and personality traits, as well as behavior in helping to better diagnose and measure the level of severity of mental impairments.

Each chapter was written by a PhD and I don’t recall any of the buzzwords mentioned above but there was a plethora of mathematical terms – non-linear regression, bi-factor analysis, etc. - and mathematical logic. The chapters were replete with formulae and schemata. I’m sure that it was all valid, but beyond my level of expertise, so I closed the book.

Few years earlier, I recall a psychometrician claiming that he developed a way to eliminate guessing on multiple choice tests. This would pertain to any test – history, geography, grammar, etc. – not just psychological testing. He suggested tests with 100 questions and students would be told to omit answering any they were unsure of, with the stipulation that they answer just 30 of them. The unanswered ones would not be held against them.

Huh?

I guess that if 30 questions were answered correctly, the student aced the test?? Seems to me that even Wooden Head Willie would know the answers to 30 questions.
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What are you reading? 1 month 1 week ago #3602094

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Hollywood Park

A 2020 nonfiction work that reports the damage done to children raised in the Synanon cult.

As a sub-theme, the author relates his experiences and relationship with a mother who is tormented with a severe Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synanon

Very gloomy and I'm not in the mood for gloomy.

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Five Four Whiskey - A Memory of War
Robert Sweatmon
(2014)

The author’s VietNam experience.

The intro was interesting. Focusing on 1969, the year he was drafted, he tore into the pop culture:

“The radios of America wailing along the AM frequencies incited the young to heed the beat of a different drummer.”

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“The greats of music and drama urged us to follow the chemically induced logic of Timothy Leary, tuned in, turned on, and dropped out.”

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“The songs, movies, and stars of the day painted pictures of life without pain, standards, or responsibility. They went to corporate meetings, met contract restrictions, and paid their taxes while portraying to the masses that they were devoid of such dull and tiring chores.”

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He referred to “Dylan garbage.”

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What are you reading? 1 week 5 hours ago #3615614

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The Secret Child
By Kerry Fisher
This book is absolutely fantastic,it is a gripping story of family secrets,beautifully written,heartfelt,emotional,it really pulls at your heartstrings,
Highly recommend it.

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Just finished reading When We Believed In Mermaids by Barbara O'Neal. A take of a dysfunctional family and how two sisters coped without parental guidance and protection.

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