Round Rock New Neighbors is a social organization of women welcoming women in the Round Rock area since 1978. Both "new" and "old" neighbors are welcome. For more information: rrnewneighbors.org [Barnes & Noble requires that RRNN's book club be open to the public, so you do not need to be an RRNN member to attend book club, and both men and women are welcome and do attend. ]

Literary Events

The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library’s Hill Country Authors Series events will be listed here. Next event:

PRESS RELEASE: JEFF ABBOTT, JANUARY 31, 2018, GEORGETOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY

Austin novelist, Jeff Abbott, will return to the Georgetown Public Library to speak at the Hill Country Authors Series on Wednesday, January 31st at 2 PM. Abbott’s first appearance here was in 2012; this time he’ll discuss his fourteenth novel, Blame, published July, 2017, to critical acclaim. Known as one of the best thriller writers in the business, his latest effort was described by fellow thriller author, Harlan Coben, as “the perfect blend of complex characters, plot twists galore, and great psychological suspense."

Bestsellers around the world, Jeff's novels are thrillers that center on ordinary people caught up in sudden, unexpected nightmares, often related to secrets in their past. They combine high-stakes intrigue with emotional punch.

In Blame an amnesiac accident victim has to investigate her own past in Abbott’s tense psychological thriller. Froom Kirkus Review: “The Austin, Texas, suburb of Lakehaven is shaken when two teenagers drive off a cliff; driver Jane Norton survives while high school hero David Hall is killed. Jane comes out of a coma with part of her memory lost. After a note is found at the accident scene that suggests Jane caused the accident in a suicide attempt, she becomes an outcast; as Jane pieces together her own history, she becomes convinced she wasn’t trying to kill herself, and the accident starts looking more like murder. The unconventional plot, the constant surprises, and above all the psychological depth of the characters all make this a first-rate crime novel. “

A Rice University graduate with a degree in History and English, Abbott worked as a creative director at an advertising agency for more than eleven years, as he continued to write novels. He left that job in 2005 in order to write full-time after the success of his thriller, Panic. Three of his novels have been optioned for film, and are in script development.

He is a three-time nominee for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award and a two-time nominee for the Anthony Award. Jeff’s first novel, Do Unto Others, won both the Agatha Award and the Macavity Award.

The event begins at 2 pm at the library located at 402 W. 8th Street in Georgetown; the doors open at 1:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased online (link here) beginning December 1 at the special online price of $13.00. Tickets will go on sale in the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library on January 2, 2018 for $15.00, $18 at the door. Tickets are also available from the Wow!mobile, the bookmobile that services Georgetown. Contact Marcy Lowe at 512-868-8974 for more information.

A dessert and beverage from the Red Poppy Café in the library will be served.

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The Nobel Prize in Literature was given to author Kazuo Ishiguro.
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Amazon is planning a video series based on stories by Philip K. Dick. Date of release is not yet announced.
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Click here to see the trailer for Stephen Spielberg's Ready Player One, currently scheduled to debut March 30th. Look for the DeLorean. (Hint-it's moving quickly and is black and you're more likely to find it if you watch one of the explanatory videos that elaborates on the trailer.) If you want to, stay on the YouTube page and see lots more about Ready Player One. After all, it's a movie about the native online generation.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Einstein Dreams Can Take Longer to Discuss than to Read

In an alternate reality, Einstein might have written down his dreams, and they might have looked like the vignettes in Einstein's Dreams, by Alan Lightman. Some of them seem to be based on well-known and some on obscure laws of physics, such as the one where everyone lived as high from sea level as possible because time moves more slowly further from the earth's center of gravity; though the truth is that it is only nanoseconds slower in the mountains. Others seem imaginative but doubtful as to any connection with any kind of reality. I can't help being curious as to whether each is based on a specific aspect of physics. The whole concept of time is a conundrum in physics, so I am guessing that to a physicist, most or all of the "dreams" in the book have aspects that are in the realm of stretched-out possibility.

Interesting facts Dennis mentioned in introducing the book:

               There were 8 "dreams" between each of the first 3 "interludes" and then 6 dreams after that, before the last interlude. This may be meant to mirror the structure of a hymn, which has 3 sets of 8 lines and one of 6.

               In 1905, when he was working on his thesis and when the "dreams" in this book were noted to occur fictitiously, Einstein published 4 physics papers, each of which was considered a major breakthrough, each on a topic that was considered separate and somewhat unrelated to the others.

Things we said about time: Time flies when you're having fun. At farms, livestock run the schedule; ie, the roosters wake you up and you get up to milk the cows, and let them out and then let them back in later, based on the darkness. Joyce: Computers of many kinds keep our time rigid. Joyce might have enjoyed life a little more during a time without this kind of punctuality. At the beginning of our meeting, we all found that all our cell phones said it was 1:02. Janice: Time is a constant, but our perceptions make it seem to go slow or fast. Jennifer: With all our time-saving devices, we seem to get less of our plans completed than we did in the old days. This goes with the dream where people had noticed that after the combustion engine was invented, one could get from one place to another quickly, saving much time - so in that dream, everyone was doing everything as fast as possible, so to save as much time as possible. I thought that was the most laughable of the dreams. Marla: Time can be emotional, and we can be stuck at some time in the past. Patty: We interpret time differently at different stages of our lives. Pat: It would be interesting to know what meditators/meditaters (seems there is an equal spread online using each spelling) and those who go into spiritual trances would say about this book.

Relevant Books: Marla recommended Einstein: His Life and Universe, a biography by Walter Isaacson. Jay told us about Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (how much time did that guy spend learning to spell his name...and then spelling it for others?), which defines creativity partly as the period during which one is focused and loses track of time. A website I visited compared Einstein's Dreams with Juan Luis Borges' Labyrinths.

Einstein's Dreams stimulates lots of discussion and thought! 

1 comment:

Atrox said...

"meditaters" = Pharmaceutical spuds?