Thursday, June 2, 2011

What I did Yesterday

So, yesterday, I had the day off. No, nothing as exciting as that. I spent the whole day in the study:

 Now, I love the internet, but every once in a while, it's great to take a day off. Spent the whole day reading, checked my email once. I read three (smallish) books back to back, and a host of short stories. Finally read Gogol's The Cloak (AKA The Overcoat). Also read (if anyone wants to talk about them) A Certain James Bond compilation which included "Property of a Lady" and "The Living Daylights" and another Bond story I won't mention the title of here.

Hemingway's The Killers, which I kind of enjoyed. (Dang it, I promised myself I wouldn't enjoy Hemingway... but I still need to read the Old Man and the Sea...)

Also Nicholas Monsarrat's The Time Before This, which contained some of the best descriptions of Canadian wilderness I have ever read. There should be more Canadian wilderness in books these days...

Last one I'll name drop - Flaubert's Parrot, which proved to be one of the more fascinating biographies I've read.


  1. that room is pretty much my wet dream. although I might change the furniture a bit. still, awesome.

    If you happen to come across any good (informative and well-presented) non-fiction works on sociology, anthropology, psychology, or comparative mythology (or anything else that you would recommend, although those fields are what I am primarily interested in at the moment), be sure to let me know. I'm slowly depleting my queue of works I'm planning on reading.

  2. Oh, just read an interesting one:
    "Guns, Germs, and Steel" Very well researched book on why different cultures came to different technological innovations at different speeds. Really fascinating stuff.

    Also, if I haven't recommended these to you before:
    Descartes' Error (Antonio Domiaso(sp?))
    Philosophy in the Flesh (George Lakoff and Mark Johnson)
    The Blank Slate (Stephen Pinker)
    on the lighter side: Brain Rules by John Medina

    Columbine by David Cullen (much debated, but very interesting)

    That's all that comes to mind at the moment, but they should keep you busy for a while. Let me know whenever you need more, I generally have a few sluffing about.