what are you reading right now?

  • whether it's a book or ebook, what are you reading right now? i'll kick things off:

    currently, i'm reading arslan (1976) by m. j. engh.

  • I'm splitting my time between:

    Comic Books:


    If you haven't read Maus, I strongly recommend it. It's a comic book which follows the story of a Holocaust survivor. The Jews are drawn as mice and the Germans as cats. It's an incredibly horrific and accessible story written and illustrated by the son of the protagonist, Art Spiegleman. (Spiegleman also created the Garbage Pail Kids in the 80's).

    Man's Search For Meaning was an offshoot of reading Maus. Victor Frankl survived the camps and wrote about his experience a year or two after liberation. He was a psychologist and he wrote about the search for meaning while being imprisoned, but did so from the perspective of a scientist of the mind. It's absolutely fascinating, and was listed as one of the 10 most influential books in the USA.

    And then, classic comics because I love them.

  • I've been reading Last Train to Memphis by Peter Guralnick. Really well-done biography of Elvis. There's a part 2 as well that I'll probably go ahead and knock out next.

  • Right now I am reading "We are Not Ourselves." It starts out a book about Irish immigrants and ends up a book about early onset Alzheimers.
    Recently read Don DeLillo's White Noise, a somewhat comedic tome about an airborne toxic event that infects a community.
    Also recently read Permanent Record by Edward Snowden, and All the Light We Cannot See, about a little girl, WWI, France and a priceless artifact.
    Good times to catch up on some reading. Hoping to pick up Hard to Handle by Steve Gorman from the Black Crowes soon.

  • @damian Loved Maus. I have lent it to many of my school kids.

  • Re-Reading "White Noise" by Don DeLillo. It is very much a book for these times, written some 35 years ago. It's amazing how close it hits to the madness and fear of this moment.

  • lost worlds (1944) by clark ashton smith

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    The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

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    Just read "Blueprint" by Nicholas Christakis, an excellent and vaguely optimistic look at the genetic underpinnings of civilization. Perhaps overly optimistic since it was published right before Coronavirus and other recent fan-meet-shit events.

    Now reading "Break Em Up" which is about monopolies.

    I keep my reading pretty light...

  • treasure of tau ceti (1969) by john rackham

  • Just finished "Kill or Be Killed" by Ed Brubaker

    If you don't have the Hoopla app you should get it. If it's supported by your library (which it is her in Maricopa County, AZ) then you get access to a ton of free ebooks and comics (and music and other stuff too). I've been impressed by the content.

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  • i started object-oriented ontology by graham harman

  • I'm still reading Moby Dick. I started it a LONG time ago. Like... more than 6 years ago. But then I didn't read it for a long time, read about 1/2 more than a year ago. Kindle says I'm at 86%... I'm going to finish this damn book. It's my friggin' white whale!

  • @DrWho42 I was reading The Pragmatic Programmer (20th anniversary edition). Great for young engineers. It's chock full of stuff I tell the juniors but it's far more authoritative than I am.

    If you're a bit more seasoned, Staff Engineering: Leadership beyond the management track is a great read. I'm only a bit into it, but I love the way it reshapes my thinking on the upper levels of engineering.

    *EDIT: Um... I thought Object Oriented Ontology was a Comp Sci concept. Looks like it's more philosophy than compute. Oh well... enjoy anyway.

  • I started Elric of Melnibone (1976) by Michael Moorcock

  • I'm about 10% into Dragon's Teeth by Upton Sinclair. So far, I'm enjoying it. He won the pulitzer in 1943 for the book and it's centered around the rise of Nazism in Germany in the 30's.

  • on the second story in robert silverberg's the cube root of uncertainty (1970)

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