Reading List

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
cover 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.

Player Piano
cover 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.

Counting Sheep
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
cover 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
cover Perhaps I will actually start reading this biography after it's been sitting on my shelf for at least one year.

Posted by Andrew Raff at July 7, 2004 12:41 AM
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Read The Power Broker! You need about a four month allotment for it, otherwise it will never get read, but you will never look at the Parks Dept's Maple Leaf logo the same way again.

Posted by: hK on July 7, 2004 02:02 PM

The main reason that I have yet to start reading the Power Broker is the size of the volume. Lately, I've been doing much reading on the subway, now that I can read on the train without getting motion sickness, so the additional mass and volume of carrying around a 1000+ page book in my messenger bag is probably the main deterrent that has kept me from reading the book. I should probably just suck it up. Then, perhaps, I can finish reading the last 150 pages of Gotham...

Posted by: Andrew on July 7, 2004 03:20 PM