By hjfoxwell on Jul 07, 2009
- The Age of American Unreason, by Susan Jacoby
- Why so many Americans are stupid and proud of it.
- The Day We Found the Universe, by Marcia Bartusiak
- It wasn't so long ago that humans still believed in their centrality in the universe. Those fuzzy little blobs in the sky...what were they? Clouds of gas? Evolving planetary systems within the only galaxy in the universe? No, they were galaxies like our own Milky Way. In fact, there were BILLIONS of them, and we're not so special anymore. Hubble and others finally figured it out.
- The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories, by Ernest Hemingway
- Never read much Hemingway, and having recently written my own book I thought I'd read a bit about other writers. Hemingway got the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954, for his "...straightforward prose, his spare dialogue, and his predilection for understatement". Hmmm...not that I could see from Snows. Perhaps I should (re)read The Old Man and the Sea...
- ...until then, Ray Bradbury will still top my list of the world's best authors.
- Softwar: An Intimate Portrait of Larry Ellison and Oracle, by Matthew Symonds
- Getting to know Sun's future CEO
- Moby Dick, by Herman Melville
- Yes, read all 135 chapters, including all the exposition on whales and whaling life, and all the biblical and mythological allusions. Interesting, but tough to get through. Can't beat that final chapter however!