What are you reading?
  • Last year I finished 40 books, and this year I'm attempting to complete 60. Starting off the year by reading "Thinking, Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kahneman.
  • Finished

    -Batman "I am Gotham" by Tom King is the first arc in Tom King's ongoing run. Everyone I know that's an avid Batman fan/expert has been hailing this run as the best Batman has been since Grant Morrison. For those who do not know, Grant Morrison had what is considered by many to be the greatest run in Batman's history, and simply one of the best run's in all of Superhero comics. Morrison utilized the history and medium to full affect, and Tom King appears to be following suit. "I am Gotham" is one of the single best Batman stories I've ever read. It's deceptively simple; evoking decades of history in every panel, and delving into the mind of Batman through the eyes of everyone who interacts with him. King knows this character, and he understands the medium. This is the kind of story that can only be told in panels.

    -Thinking Fast and Slow was an astounding text that I recommend to anyone who wants to dissuade themselves from the active self-deception we all partake. He's incredibly erudite, but never at the expense of the reader; instead it's for the readers benefit. He has an extensive knowledge of a myriad of subjects, all pertaining to our minds and our perception. Perception is not reality, and now I'm wondering what is.

    What I'm reading

    -Fermat's Enigma is a novel about uncovering one of the most complex theorems in all of mathematics. So far it's going detailing the history of mathematics and its greatest champions. Like TFAS, it's a deceptively simple text in which the author is able to relay an incredibly dense and complex topic to the layperson. At the rate I'm going I should have it finished within the next couple of days. 
  • Finished 

    -Fermat's Enigma was an incredibly engaging read that has given me an even greater appreciation of mathematics. It's beautifully absolute; something either works or it doesn't. Reading on Wile's venture into the great unknown gave me a great deal of respect for mathematicians. The layman see's people fiddling with numbers, in reality they're searching for the truth. 

    -Lucifer The Awakening was a wonderful novel by Neil Cross, creator of the BBC series. Seasons 1-3 are some of my favorite pieces of television ever, and this book is a superb lead in to that. It really delves into Luther's psyche, showing a man completely consumed with love becoming the thing he hates. The book also has moments of vivid imagery that cause your stomach to shrivel and eyes to well; it get devastating. My only gripe is that Neil is a screenwriter and it's very apparent while reading the book. He writes the novel like a season of the show, and different mediums need to have different styles; they're different things. I know he wants to write more, and I hope in doing so he adjusts his style to compliment the medium he's working in, rather than the one he knows. 

    What I'm reading

    -Stranger in a Strange Land. Finished part one. Valentine's innocence is an oddly compelling, yet fiercely relatable quality. 
  • What a coincidence, my autobiography will be titled:

    Strange in a Stranger Land

    It is mind boggling Heinlein wrote that and it's antipode, Starship Troopers, practically back to back.

    If we are doing classic SF, Lord of Light is a lesser known bomb diggity.
  • I have "Lord of Light" on my to read list. 
  • I love this thread.
  • A Population of One, by Constance Beresford-Howe. It's melancholy.

    The Four Books and Five Classic of Confucianism. The political philosophy in them is interesting and actually convincingly laid out, if still anachronistic. The more personal guidance side of things is less convincing. 
  • Finished

    -Stranger in a Strange Land was absolutely wonderful. Jubal completely steals the show. A text as lauded as this one leaves little for me to say that hasn't been said before. My only gripe is Jill's comment about rape; sorely antiquated; something no one should ever conceive.

    What I'm reading

    -The Assassination Complex by Jeremy Scahill is exactly the kind of book every anti-Government person such as myself loves to read. What I love about this is Jeremy is someone who would be labeled as "Liberal" but isn't compelled by part affiliation. This man applies his ethics and judges each administration as it pertains to that; all else is irrelevant. Deontically unimpaired journalist are my favorite, even if I don't agree with them on everything. 
  • Finished

    -The Assassination Complex is a text that, if I had the means, I would distribute to every home in America. Most people have some basic idea of what the drone program is, but few (if any) know how it operates. The journalist who put this together spent as much of their time questioning the legality and ethics of the program as they did explaining how it works and who commands it. 

    What I'm Reading

    -Irrational Exuberance by Robert Shiller. Recently re-watched "The Big Short" and felt the need to read about finance and the collapse that happened nearly a decade ago. I don't own the novel by Michael Lewis, so I'm instead going to start Irrational as its been sitting on my shelf for the better part of the year. 
  • @Latham, The Big Short was a great book but the private debt / loan bubble and derivatives disaster that crippled the financial sector back then has been well documented in many good books. If you want to read another book by the same author about a topic not as well covered I recommend "Flash Boys", which goes into the world of high frequency traders.

    Also, if you're on the libertarian path you no doubt have read some Austrian economics along the lines of Mises, Rothbard, or Hayek. If you haven't you really should, but then after that I highly recommend a book called "Debunking Economics" by Steve Keen. It is probably one of if not the most eye-opening economics texts I've read. He basically takes everything you think you know about economics and shows it for the unfounded voodoo that it is. Incidentally Steve Keen is one of the few economists who called Lehmann and the housing crash in the US, and he currently resides in England where he's pushing for a total overhaul of economic thought and teaching. It's a damn shame Australia lost him but this country is so far down the leftist regressive rabbit hole the flames of our own housing and private debt bubble disaster are licking at our feet. As you well know, that's no time for rational thinking!

    Anyway, what have I been reading? Not much really. I read some stuff about programming in C and a few linguistics texts about languages and language learning methodology. Nothing particularly earth-shattering or mind-blowing or something I'd recommend to anyone.

    edit: Has anyone got any recommendations for books on chaos theory? I've read bits and pieces here and there (mainly in its applications to economic theory) but I'm looking for something with a broader range.
  • Finished

    -Irrational Exuberance was a wonderful text on some incredibly important issues regarding stocks, wealth, consumption, and prediction. While reading I kept thinking of "Thinking Fast and Slow" and "Fermat's Enigma" as it's becoming more and more apparent that economics isn't the science it thinks it is. I often listen to economists who attempt to portray their study as an exact science; something predictable and that can be controlled. Due to a myriad of variables from behavior to media to education; there's simply too much to account for and it's why we have such disparate views within the economics discourse. In "Fermat's Enigma" I was able to see how pure and absolute mathematics really is. It's completely uncompromising and doesn't allow for variables that can distort a proof. Economics wants to be this: it's not.

    What I'm Reading

    -The Magic of Math by Arthur Benjamin is, so far, a lovely book that reveals the simplicity of seemingly complex math. It also, like "Fermat's Enigma", reminds the reader just how absolute mathematics is. Every rule applies to all number; unless an exception is explicitly named with reasons why. So far I've read his take on basic arithmetic and algebra. He actively dissects the numbers to show simpler ways to add, subtract, multiply, and divide. I'm noticing little patterns as I'm reading which unveils greater truths to basic concepts I thought I had mastered. It's the kind of book that I'd read to my kid if I had one. 


  • I had a long ass wait in my schedule this week so I spent the time reading The Old Man & The Sea, and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Both are short and great reads.

    I also read The Open Society and it's Enemies, by Karl Popper. Great read about the dangers ideas the likes of Plato's and Marx's can present.
  • What I've Read

    -Lucifer Book 1 and 2 are part of a 5 book [collected] series from Vertigo in which Mike Carey takes Lucifer from the Sandman series and weaves his own tale. Lucifer (the character) isn't the devil you that you've come to know from the Bible or Milton; he's far more compelling, all the while being incredibly simple. He's fixated on his own agency, and wishes nothing more than to escape the chains of his creator. All he has ever felt is trapped, and the end game (so far) is freedom; the absence of his father and a life all his own.

    What I'm Reading

    -I'm halfway through "The Magic of Math." Arthur Benjamin continues to show tricks and breakdown every step to elucidate the language and logic of math to his readers. I often have to take pause and either reread a passage to ensure I've retained each step or actually pull out pencil and paper to work out the math myself. It's deceptively light and simple, but takes a lot of work and mental energy to get through. 

    -Lucifer Book 3 starts off by ending a thread placed in the very first issue. I won't say more than that; it was perfect.
  • Completed
    -The Vertigo series "Lucifer" was an every bit as good, if not better than, its predecessor "The Sandman." I deontic characters and Lucifer [ironically] encapsulates everything you'd expect from one. He's a man of true conviction, holding true to his code; never telling a lie, and always making good on his word. Does he manipulate? Absolutely. Is it because he's duplicitous or malicious? Never. Lucifer does omit information, but those who work alongside him are always free to pry. They often do, and he almost always declines, and yet they continue to work with rather than against him, making their fall their own cause.

    That last statement really spells out the entire purpose of this story: agency. The narrative subverts your expectations of Lucifer with his predilection for the truth, but it stems from something grander. In this tale Lucifer feels manipulated and views his existence and all of creation as a lie, so he spends the remainder of his existence searching for and telling the truth.

    This impacts characters throughout the story because those who are honest and have integrity are the one's who find fortune. Those who are duplicitous and beguile are the ones who suffer most; God's and mortals alike. The relationship between agency and honesty is fascinating and works theologically as absolutes are a virtue, and nothing is more absolute than freedom and truth. 

    -I'm shelving "The Magic of Math" for a short time as it's starting to get into mathematics that I don't have any training in and I want to explore this while I'm actively studying. I'm almost finished, and thankfully the book is structured so that you can pick it up and read any chapter independent of all other chapters(the authors intent). 

    What I'm Reading
    -Don't know yet, but once I figure it out I'll update. 
  • What I'm Reading
    -Baudolino by Umberto Eco. I'm nine chapters in and I'm still uncertain as to what this is about. Like "In The Name of The Rose" and "Foucault's Pendulum" I assume the meaning will become clear. It seems to be a story about stories; lies and fiction, and how life is a fiction.

    It's Eco, so by default I love it. 

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