July 7, 2004
Lately, I have had the chance to read for personal enjoyment, rather than just for school. Here are some of the books which I have read, re-read or am (once again) planning to read:
Positively Fifth Street
James McManus went to Las Vegas to cover the 2000 World Series of Poker and the concurrent trial of the murderers of World Series host Ted Binion. McManus ended up using his advance to enter the World Series. The book winds back and forth between McManus playing poker, history of the event and the trial, in the spirit of Hunter S. Thompson.
I decided to reread Kurt Vonnegut's first novel, about a dystopian society where most humans are rendered obsolete and unemployed by the advent of automation. Replace automation with cheap, outsourced labor and the book remains especially relevant. I also re-read some short stories in Welcome to the Monkey House.
I have not been sleeping well lately. While this book is not helping me to sleep better, it is interesting to learn about the biology of sleep and dreams.
Inner Game of Golf
My outer game of golf isn't that great, but improving my inner game can't hurt.
The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
Perhaps I will actually start reading this biography after it's been sitting on my shelf for at least one year.