Leisure “on the intellectual”. Which books does the editors of 300 Gospodarka take on holiday?

Summer is in full swing – the middle of the holidays is the best time to look in the backpacks and suitcases of the editors of 300 Economy (of course, those who go on vacation and don’t occupy the editorial office!) and do their best holiday lectures .

After recommendations for the summer of 2020 and 2021, it is (finally) time for this year’s currently very warm holiday and the next edition of our book recommendations!

Winter’s return to the heat

Our new editor-in-chief, Marek Chądzyński, is quite an experienced traveller. His choice of measurements speaks for itself – Marek prefers fairly moderately warm climates, so if he can’t stay in low temperatures himself, he takes them with him. On paper.

This year I’m going north. Though maybe not as far as I’d like. This time, the cold Baltic Sea and the biography of Roald Amundsen will have to suffice. The story of the man who discovered the Northwest Passage and conquered the South Pole cannot be boring. Especially his race through Antarctica with Robert Scott, who paid the British with his lifepraise “Amundsen. The Last Viking” by Stephen Brown.

The editor-in-chief of 300 Gospodarki continues his (not) journey with a book Iceland or coldest summer in 50 years. – Staying close to the Arctic Circle, I also plan to visit Iceland. This year only through a rather interesting guidebook inspired by the journey of the 17th century Moravian monk Daniel Vetter. Vetter came to Iceland in 1613 and he described his impressions of the journey in Polish: says Mark.

– And when I come back from the north, I will go along the Vistula trail with Mateusz Waligora and Dominik Szczepański. Of course – also literally – Marek writes to us and recommends the following items: “The Wisla trail. 1,200 km hiking adventure”.

Summer for a philosopher

“Is God happy and other questions?”Is a collection of philosophical essays recommended by editor Katarzyna Mokrzycka Prof. Leszek Kołakowskiabout which he himself wrote in the introduction: I could boast that it is a book about everything: about faith and unbelief, about happiness and misfortune, about good and evil, about God and Satan, about understanding and not understanding, about the anxieties of our time, about truth and many others. stuff“.

As Kasia writes, it’s great with Kołakowski that anyone can agree and disagree with him at the same time – depending on the choice of one of his “parables” or even a specific excerpt in it.

This is the kind of philosophizing I prefer to “the horse and his horse character”, which I learned in the first year of my studies, like any beginner. Not everyone will find themselves in Plato’s cave, but everyone will find their place in Europe through the eyes of Kołakowski – say.

Ed. Sign

Staying on topic, editor Mokrzycka also recommends “Sketches on the Philosophy of Stupidity”, the three prominent authors they are Bartosz Brożek, Michał Heller, Jerzy Stelmach. Stupidity in the modern world is a fascinating subject because it is difficult to understand how, with the current level of technological enlightenment and unprecedented access to knowledge over millennia, humanity can simultaneously, voluntarily, become more and more susceptible to influences and manipulations – explains editor Mokrzycka.

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After Poland with a glass of wine

Our president, Michał Kamiński, especially recommends traveling through Poland this year, arguing that of course – of course – with the upcoming recession. So we stick to the topic of our portal!

The first is “Post-German” by Karolina Kuszyk. It will be especially useful in the case of travel, eg in the Valley of Palaces and Gardens of the Jelenia Góra Valley or a trip to Masuria. Kuszyk tackles with incredible ease the extremely difficult – and it still seems unworkable – subject of our attitude to post-German heritage – says Micha.

The second reading is “Wine flavors of Jacob’s Hill. Cultural tourism in Sandomierz”, a Dominican father of Marek Grubka issued on the 10th anniversary of the reactivation of the St. James. The vineyard, which was founded in 1238 and with a small interruption (since a little over 100 years), is still active today on the same hill. – It is recommended to eat with a well-chilled Hyacinth (the name of the wine, of course, comes from the name St. Jacek) – Michał recommends. Need a better recommendation?

There is still little wine

Staying on the subject of wine, our all-rounder and informal editorial secretary, Sławomir Kowalski, also contributed his three cents. Very tasty too.

His choice is publication Natural wines. Introduction to Organic and Biodynamic Wines Produced by Natural Methods » by Isabelle Legeron MW. As Sławek admits, he was prompted by the author’s words:I believe that natural wines without sulphites (or with a small addition of them) taste best and that’s why I don’t drink anything else. With this mindset I wrote the book you’re holding now.

Another recommendation from Sławek is the book Mieszko, the son of Władysław II the Exile, the Duke of Racibórz and the Lord of Kraków – the District Ruler of Poland” by Mika Norbert. There is no denying that this is a position for flesh-and-blood raciborzans (to which Sławek undoubtedly belongs).

Reports prevail

Our graphic designer, Adrian Cibicki, chose a more geographically remote position. It’s a report “Between Kibolami”, written by American journalist Bill Buford. This is a look at British football fans from the perspective of an American reporter. The eighties were a time when they were a group of terrifying ultras says Adrian.

Ed. Amelia Suchcicka also recommends a report – a book “Concreteosis. How Polish Cities Are Destroyed” by Jan Mencwel about the fairly topical problem of the concrete “revitalization” of cities in our country. Not so long ago, this issue was investigated by our former editor, Daniel Rząsa, following the example of the renovated center of Leżajsk.

Reading this book reveals the secret reasons for the formation of dark concrete structures and an analysis of their harmfulness in the fields of hydrology, environmental protection and climate policy. In the report, the author also described people fighting anti-human projects and presenting the process of “exploding” cities. Amelia recommends it.

Fiction as reality

Martyna Maciuch also shared her recommendations – she’s not hiding the fact that one of her favorite writers has been around for a long time Serhiy Zhadanthat’s why i recommend it “guest house” his authorship. The novel is all the more gripping because it is set in Donbas after the Russian invasion a few years ago. – Taking this opportunity, I will suggest that you can follow on Zhadan’s Twitter account what life in Kharkiv is like today – says Martyna.

Another recommendation from our editor and publisher is “At own risk. Hidden asymmetries in everyday life” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. This isutor, whom we all know as the ‘black swan’, but me as the ‘anti-fragility’. What is it about? In a chaotic world without rules, it is not enough to be reborn as a phoenix. Better to draw strength from chaos and destruction, like a hydra. Yes, controversial and perverse. But how catchy – suggests Martyna.

She recommends reportage as the third choice – as she says, “for a vacation from being a journalist”. This one Miami 1980. A Year of Dangerous Days” by Nicholas Griffin. – IN Research reports from the US usually focus on the atmosphere of the era. It is, after all, an old sociological truth that nothing teaches more about society than studying what – often very ostensibly – reflects from its mainstream. And just such a phenomenon (as I suppose after reading the early chapters of Griffin’s reportage) was the white, black and Latin Miami of the 1980s, drowning in the sun, money, violence and cocaine – recommends.

Conspiracy theories are always alive

It is the turn of the author of this text. After the excellent items listed here from my friends, I recommend them at the end “Parallel Worlds” by Łukasz Lamża. This is a perfect book for holidays, which can be described as “entertaining and educational”. Because how not to laugh when you read about a grain of sugar soaked in water left over after rinsing the tubes with the shredded duck heart (and this is what the homeopathic remedy some doctors impose on us)? Or about lizard people, who supposedly inhabit the earth?

You can get fascinated by these pseudosciences, because the most important thing in this book is probably the fact Why conspiracy theories find so many followers. And in the pause between one wave of COVID and another, reassure yourself that vaccines really work. And that cat on the cover!

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