What We Are Reading Today: ‘The Shadow over Innsmouth’

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Updated 10 April 2024
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What We Are Reading Today: ‘The Shadow over Innsmouth’

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Author: H.P. Lovecraft

“The Shadow over Innsmouth” is one of H.P. Lovecraft’s most popular and influential stories, first published in 1936. It follows the narrator, a student on a rambling tour of New England, who stumbles upon the mysterious town of Innsmouth in Massachusetts.

The town of Innsmouth is shrouded in secrecy and strange rumors. The narrator becomes increasingly curious about the town’s dark history and the peculiar appearance of its inhabitants.

As the narrator digs deeper, he discovers a connection between his own family and the sinister activities of Innsmouth. He becomes entangled in a web of conspiracy, horror, and forbidden knowledge.

Eventually, he finds himself pursued by the inhabitants of Innsmouth, who are determined to keep their secrets hidden.

“The Shadow over Innsmouth” is notable for its themes of forbidden knowledge, cosmic horror, and the idea of hidden, ancient races lurking beneath the surface of our world.

It is often considered a significant contribution to Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos, a shared fictional universe featuring ancient deities, forbidden texts, and otherworldly horrors.

Lovecraft was an American writer who developed cosmic tales as a weird, horror fiction literary genre.

His works have profoundly impacted subsequent generations of writers, and his creations, such as the Cthulhu Mythos, have become iconic within the genre.

Lovecraft’s works were not widely recognized during his lifetime, and he primarily published his stories in pulp magazines.

After his death, his writing gained more recognition and a dedicated following.

Other notable works of his are “The Call of Cthulhu,” “At the Mountains of Madness,” and “The Dunwich Horror.”

Lovecraft’s stories continue to captivate readers with their atmospheric descriptions, intricate mythologies, and the sense of cosmic dread they evoke.

 

 


What We Are Reading Today: ‘Color in Nature’

What We Are Reading Today: ‘Color in Nature’
Updated 25 May 2024
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What We Are Reading Today: ‘Color in Nature’

What We Are Reading Today: ‘Color in Nature’

Authors: Justin Marshall, Thomas Cronin, Sonke Johnsen, Ron Douglas, Anya Hurlbert, Jane Boddy and Fabio Cortesi

This beautifully illustrated book unlocks nature’s colorful purpose, revealing how creatures see color as well as shedding light on the important part that it plays in animal behavior, from reproduction and communication to aggression and defense. 


What We Are Reading Today: The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality

What We Are Reading Today: The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality
Updated 24 May 2024
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What We Are Reading Today: The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality

What We Are Reading Today: The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality

What We Are Reading Today: Birds of the Middle East

What We Are Reading Today: Birds of the  Middle East
Updated 23 May 2024
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What We Are Reading Today: Birds of the Middle East

What We Are Reading Today: Birds of the  Middle East

Authors: Richard Porter, Oscar Campbell, & Abdulrahman Al-Sirhan

The Middle East is home to some of the most spectacular birdlife in the world.

It features 180 superb color plates depicting some 900 species and subspecies as well as 646 color distribution maps that show the breeding range for almost every species.


Book Review: ‘The Undiscovered Self’ by Carl Jung

Book Review: ‘The Undiscovered Self’ by Carl Jung
Updated 23 May 2024
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Book Review: ‘The Undiscovered Self’ by Carl Jung

Book Review: ‘The Undiscovered Self’ by Carl Jung
  • Loss of personal responsibility, the author suggests, can lead to the rise of mass movements and, ultimately, totalitarianism

“The Undiscovered Self,” written by Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Jung in 1957, delivers a warning about the dangers of modern collectivism, arguing that individuals are increasingly losing touch with their true selves.

Loss of personal responsibility, the author suggests, can lead to the rise of mass movements and, ultimately, totalitarianism. 

The book offers a prescription for individual psychological development and moral autonomy as an antidote to society’s collectivist forces.

Jung explains the structure of the psyche, with the conscious ego and much larger subconscious, which contains universal archetypes, as well as personal complexes and shadows that shape our behavior.

The book emphasizes the importance of understanding and integrating the unconscious rather than just relying on the conscious mind.

Jung also explores the notion of “self,” defining “individuation” as the process of integrating the conscious and unconscious to become a whole, individualized person. 

This requires embracing one’s shadow side and personal complexes, not just the socially acceptable persona. 

True individuality and freedom come from this process of self-discovery and self-realization, Jung believes. 

He encourages individuals to take responsibility for their psychological development, a process that involves introspection, self-knowledge, and a willingness to confront the unconscious. 

For additional reading, I would recommend “The Red Book,” which outlines the development of many of Jung’s major theories. 
 


What We Are Reading Today: The World Atlas of Rivers, Estuaries, and Deltas

What We Are Reading Today: The World Atlas of Rivers, Estuaries, and Deltas
Updated 22 May 2024
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What We Are Reading Today: The World Atlas of Rivers, Estuaries, and Deltas

What We Are Reading Today: The World Atlas of Rivers, Estuaries, and Deltas

Authors: Jim Best, Stephen Darby, Luciana Esteves, & Carol Wilson 

From the Congo and the Mekong to the Seine and the Mississippi, Earth’s rivers carve through landscapes before coursing into the world’s oceans through estuaries and deltas.

“The World Atlas of Rivers, Estuaries, and Deltas” takes readers on an unforgettable tour of these dynamic bodies of water, explaining how they function at each stage of their flow.