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MyCreative/Silverfish joint promo for MCO and Raya.

MyCreative/Silverfish joint promo for MCO and Raya.

From today until end of MCO (June 9), MyCreative and Silverfish Books will be offering RM8.00 on every Silverfish title (until stocks last) online and in-store regardless of individual list prices.(This is not applicable to books from our Bargain Bin!)(Note: courier charges will apply unless you opt for "Store Pickup", that is pick up the book from our store in Bangsar Village 2).All Silverfish Books in print are in the list including the classics, Malay Magic, Malay Poisons and Charm Cures, Perak and the Malays, the Other Malaysia and so on. (You'll see the reduced prices in the shopping cart)....

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Silverfish will be back after lockdown at 10.00am on Monday, 4th May, 2020.

Silverfish will be back after lockdown at 10.00am on Monday, 4th May, 2020.

Our website will also be re-launched too. (We were unable to service the online store during MCO because we couldn’t work in our store (no air-cond, no lights) so we put it under maintenance. But first a small story by Machado de Assis. This is an advice from a father to his son on his 21st birthday: “How to be a Bigwig” (VIP in our language).  Father: "To me there is no career as useful or as fitting as that of a Bigwig … and you, my son ... seem to be endowed with the perfect degree of mental vacuity...

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Will Covid-19 kill off traditional shops?

Will Covid-19 kill off traditional shops?

What happens after movement control orders, social distancing, shelter in place, circuit breaking, etc.? Do we return to normal? And what will that new normal look like? Will people stop buying stuff from traditional shops? Will all transactions be henceforth online?   Since I run a traditional bookshop, that’s really scary. The best parts of being a bookseller, are the book-buyers and readers one meets, and the resulting conversations that take place. At Silverfish, we’re constantly meeting amazing customers and having amazing conversations. How boring to buy all your books online and never discuss your discoveries with fellow lovers.  ...

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Western Civilisation: is this the end?

Western Civilisation: is this the end?

  This is from the NewScientist, 2018 : https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23731610-300-end-of-days-is-western-civilisation-on-the-brink-of-collapse/ To many, the term “Western civilisation” itself is an oxymoron; decadent, debauch, hedonist, selfish, greedy, and predatory to the point of eating their own babies.  Add to that: political strife, crippling inequality and climate change. (BTW, some scientist believe that the US is already 20 years into a mega-drought enhanced by climate change.)   Will the US and European civilisation come to an end? That will be a worst-case scenario. I will go for decline and decay over a few centuries, much like the Roman Empire. Will the US implode? Good...

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Are polymaths born or made?

genius learning polymathy reading writing

Are polymaths born or made?

( Photo credit from left to right: Pete Souza, gatesnotes.com, Wikipedia Commons) "Polymaths have existed forever — indeed they are often the ones who’ve advanced Western civilization more than any others —" says author, Michael Simmons, link below. (Not just Western but all world civilisations.)   Polymaths have often been used synonymously with "geniuses", sort of meaning that they're born, not made. Funny that, considering how almost every child I've ever met is a genius, a polymath; so unbelievably curious, so voracious for knowledge. (Parents, not so much.)   (I think, all geniuses are polymaths, and not all polymaths are...

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