Saturday, November 29, 2008

Dead Trees

I decided last weekend to go old school and catch up on a neglected hobby: reading something printed on a dead tree, not electrons on a screen.

It's been a fairly internet free holiday week/weekend so far (excusing some internet only research for Black Friday sales, of course - yeah, I'm a capitalist pig - and the radio show), and it has been nice to finish a few books that have had markers in them since June.

If you're looking for something new, the following come highly recommended:

  • Taking on the System by Markos Moulitsas Zuniga (DailyKos). Obviously heavy on the leftism, but an interesting read (and sage blueprint) for activists of any political lean curious about the intersection of politics and new technology.

  • Public Opinion by Walter Lippman. A very dry read, but also an insightful research project. Makes clear the connections between opinion, the media, and democratic theory.

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. An illiterate young girl finds an interesting way to survive the horrors of war: rescuing books from Nazi book burnings. Think The Diary of Anne Frank with The Grim Reaper as narrator.

  • Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson. Actually a re-read, but it's been too long since the first go round to continue on to the next volume in the series (anyone out there whose read Stephenson's sci-fi omnibuses before will understand... "complex" is too kind a word.)

  • Legacies by F. Paul Wilson. A modern day Sherlock Holmes, Repairman Jack may be one of my all-time favorite fictional creations.

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