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And I say to my partner that night because he was from a different part of the country. And this was — we were in the South.

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We were in North Carolina. So I get lots of really bizarre, unsolicited overtures from white people in those social spaces, especially where alcohol is involved, that almost always revolves around them wanting to touch me physically. You know, at what time tonight — we usually call an hour — by what time tonight will Tressie be felt up by a stranger….

Laughter We have this constant pool going on. The challenge for me was to try to unpack — what about that was about me, and what does that say about how we interact socially across racial divides? Why are we so uncomfortable until we are comfortable enough to be too comfortable with one another?

Why did strangers feel like they had permission to invade my personal space that way — to actually sort of take away my bodily autonomy, often against my will? Why did that happen? I wrote that essay, and I got — I think to this day, I get more mail and email from responses from people about that essay than anything I have ever written. Like, yeah. Plenty of black women saw their experiences reflected in that piece, lots of defensiveness which that part we might expect from lots of non-black readers who had a million explanations for why that might be the case that was not the explanation that I had given.

When a person goes I was sitting somewhere. I have never met you — right? But I found myself in the real world the other day having an experience where I thought of that thing you wrote, and it made me reflect on myself differently. You write about body types in this essay. GROSS: So how do you think, like, your body type figured into these, like, strange overtures that you were getting from people….

There are going to be thousands of people now Googling what does she look like? OK so, you know, at risk of violating, like, being modest, I am, I think, robustly built is a way to say that. We have an excess of negative assumptions about women based on how they are built or how they look. I think all of that would be different. I can either relate to Oprah as being like a mother figure, you know, doing the sort of motherly thing, but when we try to put her in the realm of being like a mature, adult sexual being, we get really uncomfortable.

That is so bizarre, and gross. Good grief. Some of us are having a Not-School discussion group sometime in the next few weeks which will include a number of philosophical topics tangentially related to what was discussed in this episode. In addition to covering the various historical and contemporary views on free will itself, the book also spends a lot of time talking about biological and environmental factors affecting power, freedom, and responsibility.

The real point of the book, however, is to attempt to articulate some of the moral implications of the various philosophical stances toward free will, and it is here where a number of contact points to the concept of white privilege come up. I need truth seeking. I want to probe the truth of our existence not talk about our politics. You need to find a way to make this work without that being the case. It should be your secondary source of time expenditure. Keep true to the pursuit guys. If that ever was your pursuit in the first place that it is.

Here it is. To me philosophy is about the bigger picture of our existence and seeking wisdom about the good life. Not about current political issues concerning race or money. I agree that ideas of race and money are very closely related but yes philosophy IS very much about the things in life that seem intangible. The life of the mind is hard to pin point and bring into concrete action which is why we need video games about it. Hey, Alex, so ironically, the only time money has recently made a difference in the podcast is for this next, non-political episode on Natural Kinds. This was a topic Dylan and Wes wanted to do to talk with one of their St.

So knowing that Dylan would be on site doing the interview as with Eva Brann , I seriously considered making this the first episode I would skip out on. I think you likely know by now that we are always delving into different directions on the podcast, spending a few episodes on religion here, going off into aesthetics for a couple of months there, etc. Our goal is to cover the range of the intellectual stuff that philosophers consider worth their time, and there are plenty of legit philosophers covering race and gender issues at this point in time.

So this episode was my idea, intended to force us to actually get into that, and the results were surprisingly rich. I can see that broadening your scope of topics is good and that MAYBE philosophy should be able to comment on such things as race. I feel strongly that at the heart of philosophy is existential truth seeking, and not politics or aesthetics. As far as racism goes I agree that politically it can get complex. But to me, asking if black people should get some sort of payback for having a history of slavery is like asking if parents should make amends to their kids for all the errors they made raising them.

At a certain point you just let go of the past and start working towards a better future. So what does philosophy have to say about people of color getting discriminated? So everyone please feel free to look at me with contempt. I Also wonder why slavery is the debt in question? The episode was full of references to more recent and contemporary subjugation. I feel like understanding privilege is that same work on a societal level.

Your parents subsequently died brokenhearted that they could leave you nothing of monetary value. A few years later, the government acknowledged that what it had done was terribly wrong, and made it illegal to do anything like that in the future. Is that really okay by you? Any racial discrimination related to government today should be quickly taken care of by the authorities. Any other discrimination happening in social contexts should be taken care of by the people in that situation with discrimination towards the discriminator. Alan, obviously in that situation I would feel angry and exploited.

But if that happened to my grandfather before I was born then no, I would not ask for the money.

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Now for this particular political view I DO have a philosophy to found it on. For example, should bullies be illegal in high school or just socially ostracized? I think ostracized. Some things should just be understood by people as bad and not acceptable. Involving government for every little thing makes life hard and complex.

Another example would be that I also think large companies like telephone or oil companies should not be allowed to pass ALL of their money down to their successors in order to keep the money in the family or business. And that those companies should then go nonprofit. In the societal sphere things should be a little different when it comes to reparations for minorities who have previously been harassed. We can have that discussion too if you like. So if the families who stole the wealth stall for a few decades, they get to keep it? But if the case had been closed I think it would be a different story.

Alex, you seem to have a very specific non-specific idea of what philosophy is supposed to be about. I would characterize philosophical thinking more as a particular type of approach to things than as an approach to particularly specific objects of thought. It is not the topic of the thinking that makes something philosophical, but the manner of the approach and the depth of the questioning.

As such, anything can be the subject of philosophical inquiry, though some inquiries may be more interesting or fruitful than others. If our aim is to better understand our existence, then any part of that existence can be questioned, and those parts of existence that are most difficult are perhaps the most imperative to question. The ways in which we relate to each other, politically or not, are as open to philosophical inquiry as questions of what existence is and what the good life is, and all of these questions are at some point implicated in each other.

One cannot question existence without examining the way in which we exist, politically and individually, and one cannot come to any conclusions about the good life or virtue without some understanding of how we actually are in life. Hmm…yeah…I see your point. That would naturally include basically everything like you just pointed out. Everything is one, light is really just electromagnetism, but at some point a distinction needs to be made between things just like how we see that distinction in the colors of the spectrum.

Politics is the idea of government expressed socially. Society is the collective expression of behavioral norms. Math is the expression of logic in numbers. Science is the expression of rigorous experimentation of natural phenomenon. Big picture stuff mostly. When we talk about science are we talking about people? One such product in my opinion is obviously religion. So that right there should go a long way in helping us define it.

Has it not been used and is it not still used as an explanation of the human condition and our place in reality? If that explanation appears to be incredibly faulty and dehumanizing, but has implicated itself in myriad ways, both explicitly and implicitly, throughout the social fabric, then is it not worthy of rigorous examination, both in how it has manifested in the past and in how it manifests in the present day?

I would be interested to hear what Law or anyone else who has something intelligent not baiting to say thinks of Daryl Davis and his approach to racism confronting and attempting to befriend Klan members, and trying to get them to hand over their robes. Is there any way to search for episodes which have Law as a guest? They mentioned that this is the 4th. How can I find out what the reading material is before the episode airs?

But when I think about trying to have a conversation with my southern white friends and family from AR I always bump into this issue. I think it even sank one of the presidential candidates. And it needs to be set apart and not conflated with things like poverty. I taught in an all black school with only one other white teacher.

But there was an almost tangible difference in the way the girls seemed to feel about themselves vs the young white girls that I met teaching in other schools. I think this is what you all were trying to do when focusing on social recognition, but at times in the conversation it was unclear. Poverty was brought into the mix. I am probably not being very clear but hopefully you understand some of it. Anyway — I really loved that you guys discussed this at all and exposed me to the more scholarly literature related to this issue that I had not read.

As you can see — suffering comparison is never really productive. That was my point — there IS something different about minority disadvantage but talking about poverty will almost never get you there. You guys specifically discuss whether or not you are morally responsible or whether or not your just a crappy person for not helping the pond boy out.

How is this different? It seems like moral shaming in order to effect change and action. Which seems like a really bad idea. Another PEL member sent me a private message with the list also. You guys are the best! So Alan is casting his argument as an example of fearless philosophy questioning conventional wisdom: the quest for truth prevailing over social stigma.

First, is philosophical argumentation about matters of fact? This all looks to me to be in the domain of science. More importantly is the relation here between facts and values, or more generally facts and what we do with them, which is why I think good philosophy, at least done in this kind of casual environment, need seldom or ever get bogged down in disagreements about facts in the way political discourse routinely does. But we still, of course, want to be able to judge the merits of the Mills etc. Capitalism should not de facto define human virtue. The whole motivation behind trying to argue that some groups are naturally, whatever you do environmentally, going to fall short seems to be at base social Darwinist, which in our society is an essential part of our capitalist brainwashing.

Being informed by the experiences of oppressed groups means you stop marshaling your energy to make arguments like this, because you no longer see why a human being would want to do so. There are political issues in each society and one takes sides. I actually agree with Sam Harris on this as with most things. He has mentioned several times that research on race and IQ would be an example of something he thinks should not be explored by science.

I find that disgusting, and wish to completely dissasociate myself from such people, much as several of you here are trying to tar me with that same brush. So I figured any contention you explicitly make on the podcast was fair game for debate, even if it otherwise would have seemed a bit off topic. Is that not fair? And then further ask yourself if I might even have a point!

I agree wholeheartedly. I think it would be cool if comments within a thread would go to the right of the screen making the vertical list of comments not so long. Just a thought. Alan, you are absolutely right that I did not read the whole previous exchange and I apologize. It should be called on that; plain and simple. The weird Middle Passage selection theory, the unsupported assertions about lead poisoning, the breathless citing of questionable data points like IQ scores… it all amounts to, yes, a straw-man argument. But fine, here you go:.

I will just point out that if you read the whole exchange, you saw me repeatedly say I would be happy for schools to not even report these scores at all. I would be fine with that. Ecstatic, in fact! Start out with plausible premises and work your way through it again, please. Come back with actual points, if you can think of any, and then we can talk. Tell me first why you believe that black slaves brought over the United States should have been genetically inferior by intelligence to others?

Several others here have already pointed this up already, I should say, but the brazenness of the assertion deserves confronting again… especially since umpteen varieties of the same have been used to justify black subjugatio0n for so long! If you have in the interim, bravo! If you want to convince us, you are going to have to return to your start. I feel like you should be more selective, depending on the tone of any given missive.

I may just be influenced by this being a widespread belief among black Africans in East Africa, where I was born. It does strike me as logical, though, being somewhat analogous to the demonstrated differences in intelligence between dogs and wolves. But as much as you might wish otherwise, the fact of these IQ disparities is so well established that if you believe no portion of the disparity is congenital which is not necessarily the same thing as genetic , or a result of irreversible physiological i.

The irony here is that your alternative explanations, if you offer any, are almost sure to be highly speculative, with no proof behind them at all. Okay then:. A recent study from the University of Michigan found that of children diagnosed with lead poisoning, only half of them receive any kind of follow-up care or testing. This is a particular problem in the African-American community, since blacks are five times more likely to be poisoned by lead. Commentator Kristal Brent Zook says the toxicity of lead is affecting black kids in ways seldom thought of.

Roman emperor Nero was poisoned by lead, after all. We know that the substance is extremely toxic, especially to developing young brains. It only takes a tiny hint of lead, the size of a sugar speck really, to cause learning and behavioral problems, stunted growth, aggression and memory and hearing loss, particularly among kids and developing fetuses.

Some children are at greater risk for lead poisoning than others. A HuffPost analysis of available lead poisoning data for U. Low-income families who rent, though, often have no recourse when that paint is deteriorating. Minority children appear to be at higher risk of lead poisoning independent of income level, though, according to some research. Black kids have blood lead levels 50 percent higher than other races, regardless of age and family income, Lanphear said. Individualism Vs Collectivism. Is there a better balance? Great episode. For me the contemporaryness of it i think helped motivate me to read the more rigorous stuff and spend a lot of time in contemplation in general.

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing this. Part of his argument, I wholeheartedly embrace without reservation:. This is right in line with what I debated at length with Athena Sophia in an earlier thread. They should be answerable only for what they do and say. But then there is another argument he makes that I partially agree with, but take in a very different direction from what the editorialist intended:.

Those whites. The other whites. The inhabitants of the Dark Heart of America, the gruff speakers and unhealthy eaters of the north of England. The insensitive, the ungrateful, the unlearned. Oh for the honesty of the old elitists, who said what they meant… ———. I especially love that bit about the honesty of the old elitists. I am going to step forward and be just such an honest elitist. I am by turns horrified by, and contemptuous of, the people he refers to. But neither am I in favor of even giving lip service to honoring their culture or inviting them to express their ugly, benighted views through the political system.

If the older ones among them are probably irredeemable, we should try to educate the next generation to become enlightened, or at least not so unenlightened. Heck, I would settle for an effort to encourage such people to simply stay out of politics. We can do more than one thing at once. But we do have to recognize that these are almost completely different fights. People are answerable for what they do and say and also for being honest with themselves about who they are in the context of a given society and the factors that made them who they are in the context of a given society.

Mine were not university professors, but both were highly literate people who read a lot and placed an emphasis on debating ideas in our upbringing. Yes, they were university professors. But that was not up to me. Now, since we are talking about politics in a philosophical context, I could point out that libertarian free will depending on how you define it, yadda yadda is an illusion—and therefore no one is truly answerable for anything.

But that is not a very useful formulation, as it leaves us nowhere to go. And also whether they accept or reject problematic elements of their upbringing. My father was raised in New York and suburban Connecticut by a rapacious real estate tycoon who sent him to fancy boarding schools and then to Stanford, with the intent of having my dad carry on the family business.

But my dad then broke free and went on to get his Ph. So he certainly carried advantages with him; but due to his own conversion to progressivism, even Marxism, it all ended up being a very mixed bag. But despite having the highest test scores in the city out of three high schools, I graduated in the bottom half of my high school class, and never did graduate college although I still have plenty of student loan debt.

Another wrinkle to throw in here is that while I was simply characterized in moral terms growing up as a lazy procrastinator, it is now clear that I am more than qualified by the terms of the latest DSM to be diagnosed as suffering from the predominately inattentive form of ADHD. So once again, it can be questioned whether I was born with more advantages or disadvantages. If you are a Democrat, I am going to cut you a lot of slack. You may have read it that way. However, my comment refers to the whole debate here, not to anything that you said about yourself.

I agree that libertarian free will is an illusion, although compatibilists would say that in spite of that, we are answerable or responsible. However, this debate has not been about how much money different groups make, but about the academic performance of certain minority groups.

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By the way, I agree that your wife and other teachers should not be held responsible for complex social problems of school failure. I realize that your academic performance may not have lived up to your test scores, but from your comments on this blog, I consider you to be a person who could do very very well in an academic setting if you had the right motivation and professors who knew how to channel your obvious high intelligence and cultural skills.

So your case is not at all that of a child who fails in school because they have problems with basic skills such as reading. You may well have read above the level expected of you in school and thus, paid little attention to school. But of course this pulls us right back into the murk of free will and compatiblism, however much we or at least I might like to escape it.

Thanks for the condolences and other kind words—I appreciate it. In my TNS group, someone once posted something about how the strong correlation between IQ and income breaks down at the very highest levels. Not that it reverses, but that people are scattered all over the graph at that IQ level. Of course that might just say something about the very small group of people who put up with me, not about highly intelligent people in general.

In any case, most of the Western and Eastern as far as I know philosophical tradition claims that there are more important things in life than money. I read many of your responses. I read many of your comments looking for how thinking that is making a straw man argument as you suggested but in your response to Aslan, you seemed to defend that idea. I get that you are saying that IQ is kind of BS and also that there are multiple intelligences — completely agree.

But then it seems like you really do see it as a deficiency rather than a bias testing issue. That is an objective fact. What is disputed is:. I suppose someone could also dispute the disparity in scores by accusing those giving the tests or recording the scores of fraud, or claiming that somehow the smartest African Americans are not getting tested, skewing the scores downward. But policymakers have decided, by and large, that the fault lies with schools and teachers. To date, there are very few examples of schools who have managed this feat. Well, but hang on. Usain Bolt has run the meters in That time, which no woman over the past thirty years has been able to match, would be almost a second too slow to even qualify for the Olympics for men.

Their standard is This is why I made the point in one of my first comments that requiring the firefighting profession be equally open to women as to men would be dangerous. There are not too many women who could compete in that respect. But of course women are as intelligent as men, or more; and they have a pretty nifty trick up their sleeves of being able to create new human beings. So different people have different strengths and weaknesses, and it makes no sense to pretend we are all the same.

Thank you for your thoughtful reply. So — I guess it just sounds like, when referring to IQ, that although there are some nice comments about various kinds of intelligence, it all sounds kind of mixed up and vague. They are better in some things but not things like math or science or reading. The different kinds of intelligence makes it unclear to me in which ways blacks and whites might differ. It sort of sounds like we are avoiding saying blacks are better at things like sports but whites are smarter. Listen, I realize that the majority of professional basketball players are black.

I get that we have genetic differences. I get that men are stronger and all of that. And I am not even particularly offended at the notion that if we could somehow have some truth about intellectual capacity as measured in some magically fair way that one group might even have some genetic leg up. I thought the point was that the biggest and most obvious reason there IS an achievement gap is largely due to the decades of oppression that have wreaked wrought?

It seems a little like that implicit bias issue.

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Which I most definitely have in spades. And I felt terrible about it for a really long time until Nelson Mandela shared his story in his memoir about being instantly concerned when boarding a plane with a black pilot. We all have it. I do think it means that sometimes our beliefs are so deeply held that we look for evidence to support them. In this case, I think about people like Lewis Lattimer and George Carruthers and so many more who may even not have been recognized because they were black.

No need to fight it. It begs the question. I think I am using that term correctly — it is begging the question about whether or not there is a real problem with the advantages that whites have over blacks due to these kinds of structural or institutional forms of racism or whatever you want to call it. Why beg the question? I really do appreciate having the conversation. Here are the eight types of intelligence Gardiner identified: musical-rhythmic, visual-spatial, verbal-linguistic, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic.

IQ and other aptitude tests generally measure verbal-linguistic and logical-mathematical aptitude, and perhaps visual-spatial to some degree in some cases. I would also grant them musical-rhythmic, without objection. They improvised it organically, on the spot, in front of a crowd! So to my mind, the musical-rhythmic intelligence is nothing to sneeze at. Thus if we did really value all types of intelligence equally as we should , it looks like a draw. Would I trade my verbal-linguistic and logical-mathematical abilities to be in the It would be tempting! It smells a whole lot like racism.

And I really hate when people scream racism at every single thing that happens. Come on!! I could be really off. I am not as well versed in such things as your average PEL listener. All I know is that I had a visceral response when you intimated that women were awesome because we could give birth.

And should I decide not to give birth? All the things that cause young black kids to feel less than that are baked in society — kind of like the ones that constantly focus on women as objects. All these things are what I think a conversation about white privilege should focus on. And I was a teacher. In an ALL black school. One of two white teachers. And never was I brow beaten for test scores.

How is this argument at its most basic level different from saying something like — there are natural slaves? Two of my four children have autism and are far behind their peers academically. Being in education I can tell you that money did not ever feel like the main issue. They feel less than. But to each his own. However, they make it clear that there is heavy pressure on schools to raise test scores and that this puts a lot of stress on teachers and administrators up to the point of getting rid of principals or half the teachers in the school or closing the school altogether.

And then even after a heavy carrot-and-stick approach along these lines, there was no change in the test scores. There is a lot of money placed in programs to help close the achievement gap. I never felt like it was my fault. I think testing is an inherently flawed tool for kids from every background.

I always felt like — why is so much money going into schools? We needed parents who had the bandwidth to learn about positive parenting solutions to behavioral issues. We needed educated parents to increase the vocabulary used at home. Those are the problems that, to me, stem from institutional racism. And pouring more money into schools and not addressing that in a big way seems like a denial of that.

I just went to an actual computer and read all of the comments. Seems like the polite thing to do. I think there are a lot of really interesting questions related to this which I have been grappling with since I started listening to PEL. For example, can there be equality? If we are as good as another. Yes, that is a profound question indeed. I do not believe we are all equal. I just want to say thank you! They are so spot on! It is unclear to me as to how he understands it. Of course, I could be wrong. Again, I offer these as a counterweight to push back against some of his claims, and to offer a potentially generative opportunity for a more nuanced discussion.

Hopefully, those purposes are served over and above whatever personal failings there might be on my own part. They suggest that because theorists of intelligence disagree as to what it is, any consideration of its relationships to other constructs must be tentative at best. They further argue that race is a social construction with no scientific definition. Thus, studies of the relationship between race and other constructs may serve social ends but cannot serve scientific ends.

No gene has yet been conclusively linked to intelligence, so attempts to provide a compelling genetic link of race to intelligence are not feasible at this time. The authors also show that heritability, a behavior-genetic concept, is inadequate in regard to providing such a link. I would also like to quote from Vol.

The journal is devoted to research and criticism on race in the social sciences. All kinds of claims are made without reference to any supporting evidence or analysis. As a result, the book cannot serve as a source of data or credible theory regarding race, culture, social structure, or the relationship of genes to human behavior.

Both books are poignant cultural artifacts that testify to the ways in which biological science is invoked in the United States to shore up belief in races and to justify inequality between groups. This thinking would lead others such as Sir Francis Galton to develop the areas of eugenics, pseudoscience, and psychometry.

Yet, while scientific racism appears to be a result of past irresponsible scientific practice, it has hardly fallen out of popular favour. Like Levin, Miele and Sarich provide faulty and illogical evidence to support their claims:. We also point out other aspects in which human diversity in morphology, pharmacogenetics body chemistry , and behaviour more closely parallels our best friends the dogs than our nearest relative the apes , and what that reveals about the origin of our species. Therefore culture, intelligence, athletic ability, et cetera cannot be racially linked due to the independent nature of these genetic traits.

In contrast, in heterozygous persons, the mutation provides a selective advantage because patients are resistant to malaria [. In fact, such an evolutionary advantage was crucial for the geographic distribution of the disease in three continents [. Similarly, difficulties arise in not only finding societies composed solely of phenotypically homogeneous individuals, but also in finding individuals that identify themselves as made up of distinct races.

Why skin colour? Why not height, which confers a strong evolutionary advantage? Or baldness — which is neutral? How do we classify mulattos? If one drop of black blood is enough to become black, why not the reverse? Now, I would like to leave this information as it is, and again step back from the conversation. That said, if I am familiar with Alan to any degree, I am almost certain that my comments will inflame his passions in one way or another. Also, if you managed to read through this lengthy digression, I am thoroughly appreciative.

I did read all the way to the end! Thank you for sharing such awesome examples. Could that be possible? Is there a world in which we could all know how we measure up? I kept thinking about Brave New World. They are also conditioned once outside the womb. How people can lose half their brain and still function normally or have insurmountable obstacles and overcome them with no real scientific explanation.

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I haven't been so gripped by a new fantasy series in years. It's certain to become a classic. This isn't the kind of book I would normally pickup or download but a co-worker recommended it to me. Where to begin?

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The story itself is beautifully written. The author weaves stories within stories to create a fabric of fiction as warm and familiar as a favorite blanket. I was immediately reminded of Neil Gaiman's writing. I always joke that if I were diagnosed with a terminal illness that I would want Neil Gaiman to come to my house and read to me from one of his books as I cuddled up with my pound puppy in bed.

A little dark but you get my point! I've added Patrick Rothfuss to the list as well. It's one thing to have a mind that can image, in great detail, an entire world and culture but it is a true treat to find an author that can both create and pull you into that world and make you feel like you are a part of it. I was afraid it would be too "fictiony", too many fairies and dragons.

I'm not sure how but Rothfuss manages to incorporate them both without the story becoming too "fake".

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There is a certain harsh reality within the story that sharpens the sometimes softened edges of fiction. Excellent writting! Nick Podehl's reading is spot on! The character voices are wonderful. Not over the top but obviously performed. It's like having a great actor perform a great play. It's the perfect pairing. I can't wait to start on the second book.

So it looks like people either love or hate this book. I loved it and actually got the audio book just so I could write a review and listen to it before the next one comes out. Maybe it is because I read the actual book, but this is the first book I have read in a long time that I just could not put down. I read the whole thing in 2 days. It is true that this first of the trilogy is really just character development and setting the stage, there is not a whole lot of action yet, but I swear while reading it I felt like I was sitting there at the table with them and that is due to the incredible writing style.

The way this book sucked me into it's world is amazing. I have read all the other greats of this genre and while many of them are wonderful, I never felt as attached to them. This review covers the first books of the series Kingkiller Chronicles. Martin, Robert Jordan, even sometimes Neil Gaiman. Their stories can take your breath away but sometimes, also, knock the wind out of you with a force.

Patrick Rothfuss is not about that. He is more about an easy-going kind of entertainment. These books do not knock you over with amazement, epic wars or adventure. They are more subtle and a great richness comes through in that subtlety. While usually light, do not be fooled; they contain a depth and richness that is just easy to read and easier to appreciate. This is nothing short of outstanding fantasy prose and character development. These stories are long but not too long. Rothfuss does not ramble. While there are many characters there is a core of them that are easy to know and become invested in.

The stories are more about people and their relationships than about what the wizard-in-training is actually learning and practicing. At least the first two books do not contain that much magic but they do not leave you wanting either. They only leave you in great anticipation of the next book to come in the series. That would be a mistake. These are great books for readers of all age or gender. Though I mention this is the best fantasy book since Mistborn, it is nothing like mistborn and that's what makes it so great.

The book revolves around an inn keeper living in hiding having the memoirs of his life taken down by a scribe. It follows the first 15 years of his life. From tragedy that sends him to living on the streets to his attending university. This is the first book in the series and at the end you are left with more questions than answers but somehow you are still left satisfied while eagrly awaiting book 2 due out in December.

The author creates these amazing adventures for the young protagonist whilst slipping in litle details that slowly forms a picture of much larger forces at work in the background. The book also focuses alot on descriptions of music, arts, and magic. I must truly say that this author decsriptions are like painting pictures of these things in your mind. For comparison, if you've read "Eragon" the descriptions of magic are very logical and explanatory, while in the book, the description magic are like poetry.

This made the book new and refreshing. What can I say about the narration but "Bravo!

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If u like Eragon, Harry Potter, Mistborn give this book a try. If you don't like the afore mentioned books, I'd still recommend that you give this book a try. So many fantasy novels, though their concepts are interesting, are ultimately mediocre at best, largely because they are written as clumsily as might be expected from an eighth grader with a C in English class.

Rothfuss has joined the very, very small group of fantasy authors think Tolkien, Martin, Gaiman who can not only build an intriguing world and spin an interesting story, but who can also use the English language with elegance and verve. His dialogue, expression of ideas yes, there are IDEAS here, not just plot and character and setting , and description are written at a level that is appropriate for a well-educated adult. Rothfuss uses a frame narrative, which is somewhat unusual for a fantasy novel, and which he handles with such skill that it greatly adds to the suspense of the story.

His system of magic is well-conceived and not oversimplified, and his characters, though sometimes of mythic proportions, are never cliche. He builds a nuanced and believable world without the cardinal sin of "infodumping. Entertaining enough but it's the type of book where the author will use half a page to describe the candlelight to you. Also, it has a lot of "story within a story" parts. Like, someone will interrupt the current storyline to tell a story, then someone within the story they are telling will tell a story.

If you look at this as a debut writer who is going to grow in his talent and if this is his first novel then it is great. If this is an experienced writer or someone who just changed his pen name then it is average to good. If you read some early Koontz and Gerrtisen then you will find they did not start the great writers that they are today.

What is Great? PR can paint a picture in your mind better then most writers I have read. I am literal minded and often have problems with flowery language and picturing in my head what the writer is explaining, but with this book, I always had a very vivid picture of the characters and the scenery. PR himself got into my head. Over half way into the book, when things were going well for the main character, I remember thinking, nothing ever goes this well for Kyothe for this long without something going wrong, so when is the other shoe going to drop?

That was the exact words that ran through my head. Not a minute later, Kyothe thinks to himself, things are going to well, when will the other shoe drop? Some of his writings stirred my emotions, made me tense, made me hear the music, made me want to shake Kyothe and tell him to snap out of it, like Kyothe was a real friend of mine, who I wanted to help.

Good: At times there is great insight. For example, at one point he explains that if you can make a women feel beautiful, not just say it, but make her actually feel she is beautiful and then she sees in her own mind that she is beautiful, she will act beautiful and other people will see her as beautiful.