What I'm reading

My natural mindset is one of discovery and as such my reading choices usually have a serious bend towards non-fiction and scientific literature.  Profiles of important historical periods and the people who influenced their events have been dominating my interest lately.  This has sprung out of my belief in the old adage that "Those who ignore history are bound to repeat it" (Santayana from Burke), and with such interesting times upon us there is are a lot of history that needs exploring.  I read fluently in Spanish and greatly enjoy the poetic Gabriel García Márquez along with works regarding the Spanish civil war.

That said, not everything I read is a thick mouldering masterpiece.  I'm a news addict and use all the internet tools I can to try and keep informed on a daily/hourly basis.  I subscribe to Wired and CPU magazines and as time permits, the Smithsonian.  I have a love of science fiction and what could probably be described as pop fiction.  Since a list of the books I've read would probably tire even my most devout audience (Hi Mom!), I'm listing below some of my favorite authors and you can just assume I've read or am reading everything they wrote.

  • John Steinbeck
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Cormac McCarthy
  • Jared Diamond
  • James A Michener
  • Tom Robbins
  • Alan Moore
  • George Orwell
  • Aldous Huxley
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Peter Matthiessen
  • Neal Stephenson
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Phillip K Dick
  • Paolo Bacigalupi

The Book List

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall 

Friday, December 16, 2011 11:51:00 AM
This compelling new book by Christopher McDougall is subtitled as "A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen" and reading it feels like watching an incredible race.  When I first heard of it I was sitting off to... continue
 

Roots & Wings: Poetry From Spain 1900-1975  

Saturday, November 26, 2011 1:29:00 PM
I picked up this book on a whim from Amazon thinking it would be a good way to keep up on my Spanish colloquisms.  I haven't been able to put it down even though it feels like I have been reading the same poems out of it forever.  I have really... continue
 

Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges 

Monday, October 10, 2011 10:04:00 AM
A much lauded collection of seventeen pieces of short fiction by Borges, I picked up my copy on Amazon not knowing what to expect of this acclaimed Argentinian author.  I think I was hoping to discover a contemporary of Gabriel Garcia Marquez whose... continue
 

Red Tails in Love by Marie Winn 

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 10:24:06 AM
Well I ended up setting 'The Greatest Show on Earth' aside for awhile and checking this book out of our local library. Marie Winn tells the story of a red-tail hawk (Pale Male) that arrives in New York City's Central Park and the ensuing drama of... continue
 

The Greatest Show On Earth by Richard Dawkins 

Sunday, January 17, 2010 11:57:39 AM
This book just hasn't been grabbing me, being a biology major in college most of the material is well worn territory. It seems the author is making a slow argument for evolution for (non)believers when I started out the book already convinced. I... continue
 

Kingbird Highway by Kenn Kaufman 

Thursday, January 7, 2010 11:03:42 AM
A very enjoyable recounting of Kenn's early years on the road, chasing birds and bird lists with a fervor known only to those in the grip of an obsession. I found his criss crossing the country by thumb a friendly reminder of how much times have... continue
 

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain 

Sunday, December 27, 2009 3:08:52 PM
We enjoy traveling and sampling new cultures and cuisines while we do. The next best thing to traveling is watching Anthony Bourdain travel. His sarcastic yet sincere form of commentary and improvisational style of travel really gets me chuckling.... continue
 

Cities of the Plain by Cormac McCarthy 

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 9:11:01 AM
A facinating and poetic read that draws the reader into the world of inner troubles and sorrow inhabited by its characters. John Grady Cole and Billy Parham are cowboys working the stock of the Southern New Mexican ranchlands. Their encounters... continue
 

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway 

Saturday, December 5, 2009 9:00:00 PM
A powerful and emotive novel about the involvement of a International Corp dynamiter named Robert Jordan in the Spanish Republican Army during the Spanish Civil War. My footsteps have crossed Hemingway's in many places, Montana, Idaho, Valencia and... continue
 

East of Eden by John Steinbeck 

Monday, November 9, 2009 9:00:00 PM
This is a classic that I was long overdue in getting around to. We stayed a couple days in Monterey Bay in the summer of 2008 on our way back from Grand Lodge in Anaheim that year. We wanted to see the aquarium and maybe some kayaking, but mostly we ... continue
 
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