Roughly once per month I pile up the books I’ve been reading and take a photo.
- Jessica Livingston, Founders At Work – fascinating series of interviews with people involved in lots of famous startups. Paul Graham, Woz, Mitch Kapor and many more.
- Noam Chomsky, Imperial Ambitions – more interviews, but this time entirely giving Chomsky a chance to share his thoughts on the world. A much easier read than Manufacturing Consent.
- Ian McEwan, Enduring Love – not my favourite McEwan, but still wonderfully written. He’s one of my favourite authors.
- Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin – chilling. The ending is as dark as it is inevitable.
- Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange – if you’ve only ever seen the film, you need to read the book, which is clever and playful. This is about the 10th time I’ve read it, and I’ve enjoyed it (and laughed) more each time.
- Philppe Vasset – ScriptGenerator©®™ – this is pretty weird. A novel and the technical manual for an imaginary piece of software (or is it?) that creates novels (and plays, and films, and authors…). Short but thought-provoking.
- Irvine Welsh – Ecstacy – Is Irvine Welsh today’s Anthony Burgess? Not quite, but I still relish him. While Ecstacy isn’t as good as Trainspotting, or even Acid House, it contains some good moments. The last of the three short stories, especially.