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Read online The News: A User's Manual.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The News: A User's Manual The news is everywhere We can t stop constantly checking it on our computer screens but what is this doing to our minds .

We are never really taught how to make sense of the torrent of news we face every day writes Alain de Botton author of the best selling i The Architecture of Happiness i but this has a huge impact on our sense of what matters and of how we should lead our lives In his dazzling new book de Botton takes twenty five archetypal news stories including an airplane crash a murder a celebrity interview and a political scandal and submits them to unusually intense analysis with a view to helping us navigate our news soaked age He raises such questions as Why are disaster stories often so uplifting What makes the love lives of celebrities so interesting Why do we enjoy watching politicians being brought down Why are upheavals in far off lands often so boring .

In i The News A User s Manual i de Botton has written the ultimate guide for our frenzied era certain to bring calm understanding and a measure of sanity to our daily perhaps even hourly interactions with the news machine .

With black and white illustrations throughout by Alain de Botton

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The News: A User's Manual
Title:The News: A User's Manual
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ISBN:0307379124
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Number of Pages:272
Category:non-fiction, philosophy, journalism, politics
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One of the great but often unmentioned causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment the kinds of walls chairs buildings and streets that surround us br br And yet a concern for architecture and design is too often described as frivolous even self indulgent i The Architecture of Happiness i starts from the idea that where we are heavily influences who we can be and it argues that it is architecture s task to stand as an eloquent reminder of our full potential br br Whereas many architects are wary of openly discussing the word beauty this book has at its center the large and na ve question What is a beautiful building It is a tour through the philosophy and psychology of architecture that aims to change the way we think about our homes our streets and ourselves, The longing for a destiny is nowhere stronger than in our romantic life we are told at the outset of Alain de Botton s On Love a hip charming and devastatingly witty rumination on the thrills and pitfalls of romantic love br br The narrator is smitten by Chloe on a Paris London flight and by the time they ve reached the luggage carousel he knows he is in love He loves her chestnut hair and pale nape and watery green eyes the way she drives a car and eats Chinese food the gap that makes her teeth Kantian and not Platonic her views on Heidegger s Being and Time although he hates her taste in shoes br On Love plots the course of their affair from the initial delirium of infatuation to the depths of suicidal despair through the Groucho Marxist stage of coming to terms with being loved by the unattainable beloved through a fit of anhedonia defined in medical texts as a disease resulting from the terror brought on by the threat of utter happiness and finally through the nausea induced and terrorist tactics employed when the beloved begins inexplicably to drift away br br Alain de Botton is simultaneously hilarious and intellectually astute shifting with ease among such seminal romantic texts as The Divine Comedy Madame Bovary and The Bleeding Heart a self help book for those who love too much He is schematically flawless funny funky and totally engaging br Filled with profound observations and useful diagrams On Love displays and examines for all of us the pain and exhilaration of love asking Can we not be forgiven if we believe ourselves fated to stumble one day upon the man or woman of our dreams Can we not be excused a certain superstitious faith in a creature who will prove the solution to our relentless yearnings, What if religions are neither all true or all nonsense The boring debate between fundamentalist believers and non believers is finally moved on by Alain s inspiring new book which boldly argues that the supernatural claims of religion are of course entirely false and yet that religions still have some very important things to teach the secular world br br Religion for Atheists suggests that rather than mocking religions agnostics and atheists should instead steal from them because they re packed with good ideas on how we might live and arrange our societies Blending deep respect with total impiety Alain a non believer himself proposes that we should look to religions for insights into among other concerns how to br br build a sense of community br br make our relationships last br br overcome feelings of envy and inadequacy br br escape the twenty four hour media br br go travelling br br get more out of art architecture and music br br and create new businesses designed to address our emotional needs br br For too long non believers have faced a stark choice between either swallowing lots of peculiar doctrines or doing away with a range of consoling and beautiful rituals and ideas At last in Religion for Atheists Alain has fashioned a far more interesting and truly helpful alternative, In the summer of Alain de Botton was installed in the middle of Heathrow s Terminal Five on a raised platform with a laptop connected to screens enabling passengers to see what he was writing and to come and share their stories He provides an extraordinary mediation upon the nature of place time and our daily lives