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What I’m reading now

Posted by joeabbott on December 11, 2008

Just a quick note on what I’m reading now.

I have a ton of books on the backlog and more seem to show up daily. Still, I’m woking through them as fast as I can.

In the car I’m listening to George Orwell’s 1984. It’s interesting to return to this high school required bit of reading if only to better remember the details. It’s also interesting understanding a bit of the backstory on why Orwell wrote it and reflect on things I’ve learned since then. It’s good but I’ll be happy when it’s over and I can get to some lighter material.

By the bedside I have started a book called The Essential Marcus Aurelius. It is a translation of the writings of a Roman emperor, Marcus Aurelius, who was writing to himself; reminders of the Stoic philospophies he’d learned and lifestyle he lived. It’s all around good stuff and the sort of book you should work through slowly and appreciate.

In direct contrast to that, I’m also paging through a few collections of the Pearls Before Swine comics. Can’t get enough! Hulloooo, Zeeba neighba!

And, finally, on the bus ride into work and the walk to the office I’m listening to Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. It’s the sort of book I wish I were reading, rather than listening to. The ideas are thought provoking and I’d like to read, mull, reference, reread, and then move on. Unfortunately, the material comes at me as quick as the narrator is reading and, I fear, leaving just as quickly. I’ll have to relisten to this one.

And that’s it for now!

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