Recent Reading

Roughly once per month I pile up the books I’ve been reading and take a photo.

Recent Reading (January 08)

  • 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.

2 replies on “Recent Reading”

  1. Do you read that many books in a month? Are you a speed reader or do you have some trick? I struggle to find time for that many books in a year, but want to consume more book-information!!

  2. The last one was on January 3rd so I read those 7 books in about 5 weeks.

    I don’t ‘speed read’ (well, I do speed read technical manuals and reference material, but not when I’m reading novels). I do read quickly though. The biggest trick I found was not to hear the words in your head as you read them. Many people ‘subvocalize’ what they’re reading, which slows them down a lot. Just let yourself read faster than you could read out loud. Hope that helps.

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