J. M. Quinn

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At the Barriers: On the Poetry of Thom Gunn by Joshua Weiner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only for enthusiasts., 25 Oct 2011
Although I read this collection of essays with pleasure, most people wouldn't. It is not a definitive collection of essays, failing to explain what makes Thom Gunn compelling or to analyse his various styles, his various tones and his recurrent obsessions. A few of the essays do what Gunn never did, namely regard him as a Gay Poet, rather than as a Universal Poet. This collection may date badly because of its attention to recent social issues but it does contain some original gems (by Weiner himself and the prototype essay of August Kleinzahler's magnificent introduction to the Selected Poems).
Critique of Pure Reason (Penguin Modern Classics) by Immanuel Kant
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Double obscurity., 28 July 2011
This edition of The Critique of Pure Reason is made un-necessarily difficult to read by including the text of both editions simultaneously. It is hard to enjoy any sense of continuity while reading because of the distracting numerals and competing texts. Such a profound argument as this book contains - experience is not a direct picking up of how things are but also involves distortions added by the very facility for experience - is psychologically difficult to maintain and requires intense concentration in order be properly lifted from the page. This edition, despite the large print, is not easy to settle down with and the translation often feels like an amalgamation of several… Read more
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is a well-written and plausible account of how pioneer scientists - such as Kepler,Galileo, Newton, Dirac, Heisenberg and Pauli - have always had to invent their own concepts without paying too much attention to philosophy. The author makes a careful and plausible distinction between classic sciences where the research strategies are settled (puzzle-solving normative science, as it were)and pioneer sciences where interpretations are needed to solve pressing problems and where ordinary concepts won't work. The last chapter of the book covering particle physics is full of complex equations whereas the rest of it is easy-to-read, if not actually easy to understand. This book… Read more