Stuff I’ve been reading:
A Struggle For Power
A very well praised account of the American Revolution. Draper is known for his journalistic reporting of first line documents. He is generally reported as being “pitiless” in his accounts. If he found it, he printed it with no character protection or alteration. I’ve heard from more than one historian that this is the definitive book on the revolution, I just got it used from the Toronto library for like $2. It is a little dense and he keeps the period spelling in the direct quotes in the name of accuracy, but it gets irritating real quick. Example:
“Am Sorry to Se[e] and hear of Soe much Slightt and contemptt he metes with; that as poore as I am would nott for the province undergoe the Same.”
After a paragraph of that your head hurts, you just can’t divorce yourself from tripping over what to you, is a spelling error. I’ll deal with it in the name of a fresh perspective on one of my favorite topics.
Other stuff I’m reading:
Thomas Jefferson Author of America.
A really great and short telling of Jefferson’s life. An easy read and well worth it. This is the book that got me into Christopher Hitchens, prior to this I thought we was just a slick debater, but the guy is a tier 1 intellectual. I’ve been very impressed with his work and life experience.
Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself
This book is just interviews with the author David Foster Wallace. Who wrote the book Infinite Jest. Generally considered to be one of the greatest authors of the 20th century and committed suicide while still a young man. This book follows him up until a few months before his death. I’ve always been interested in DFW.
The Trail of Henry Kissenger
Another Hitchens book. Basically he digs into HK’s involvement with all of the U.S. wetwork in other countries without declaration of war and links Kissinger to all of it. He is pretty much advocating he be brought up on war crimes charges.
The God Delusion
Pretty self-explanitory. I kind of just pick and plod through this one. He is preaching to the choir after all.
Just finished Christopher Hitchens’ autobiography. I’ve just been locked on the guy lately. Especially after he got diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He will likely die soon, and I just wanted to know more about him while he is still alive. His story is pretty amazing.
The Greatest Benefit to Mankind
This is a comprehensive medical history of humanity. I can never escape some sort of medical reading. I find the subject enthralling.
So if you couldn’t tell, I’m an ADD reader. I carry a book with me for a few days, and as soon as I find myself trudging through it, or mentally over-saturated, I swap to a different book. On the weekends I’ll jump around from book to book and take notes on especially interesting stuff.
I’ve reverted back to my old ways. I used to never have a TV and I would read all the time. Now the my roomate has one of the biggest TV’s on the market, I’m back to my old ways. I did have a few months of getting wrapped up in the warm glow, but it got old. I will admit to looking forward to the show House being back on. It is the one show I follow avidly. I also hang out in the evening with my room mate and watch a little TV to be social. But in 98% of my free time, its all books. Kind of strange, I thought the TV had me again.