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Reading Update

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Here’s my latest reading update. Not that I’ve been reading anything of late (or blogging, for that matter). Social media is rudely intruding on both , to the point that it’s making me dumber than shit, if that’s even possible. My goal for June is simple: to read five short books. Here’s my stack:

  • The Instant Economist by Timothy Taylor
  • Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar by Thomas Cathcart and Thomas Klein
  • Special Assignments by Boris Akunin
  • The Islamist by Ed Husain
  • Travels With Herodotus by Ryszard Kapuscinski

Fortunately for me many of the aforementioned books are partially read. Some are even close to completion. Yet I’m so lazy I have abandoned them for the most part. Let’s see if I can finish them by end of June.

Wish me luck.

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June 1st, 2012 at 10:47 pm

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Books: Recent Acquistions

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I’m slowly acquiring all the books written by late Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski. I have three of his brilliant books in my possession:

  • Another Day of Life
  • Shah of Shahs
  • Travels with Herodotus

I’ve only read Shah of Shahs. A brilliant piece of literary journalism about the fall of the Shah of Iran during the 1979 revolution. After I read it, I said to myself: I want to write like him. Even though these books are English translations (Kapuscinski only wrote in Polish), his genius shines through. Like many writers, his power is the economy and elegance of his prose.

I highly recommend him.

Written by niraj

July 1st, 2011 at 10:40 pm