Books I Have Read So Far in 2015
A list in progress. (Double click this list title to make your own- I love knowing what people are reading!)
- •Although Of Course You Eventually End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster WallaceFun and breezy. Essentially a single very long interview, conducted during the course of his Infinite Jest book tour.
- •Chasing the Scream by Johann HariMajor recommend. Examines the fascinating history of the drug wars (DEA started when Prohibition ended, with the same key characters) and some shocking contradictions in our conventional wisdom about addiction. Some chapters are redundant and can be skimmed, but the best ones are deeply compelling and important. Major takeaway: the war on drugs is an obvious failure, and while there is no perfect answer, there are many specific bold models for improved drug policy with incredible success.
- •Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki MurakamiA light and involving novel. Recommend.
- •Silver Screen Fiend by Patton OswaltThis bills itself as a love affair with the movies, but it seems more to be a memoir about the LA alternative comedy scene of the late 90s/early 00s. I enjoyed that but I have a particular interest in it.
- •The Great Beanie Baby Bubble by Zac BissonetteThis is really interesting and would make an amazing movie. At one point Beanie Babies accounted for 10% of all sales on eBay. The founder, Ty, is a toy obsessive, always changing the faces on his toys and on himself (through surgery).
- •The Most Good You Can Do by Peter SingerI love this guy's bold, extreme-utilitarian philosophy. However, I think his previous book, The Life You Can Save, is a better expression of the same idea.
- •100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write by Sarah RuhlThey're all about theater, which I guess the publisher didn't want you to know. That said, they are very interesting. A good blend of intuitive and contrarian opinions expressed, always intelligently and often surprisingly.
- •The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie KondoChanged my life. I throw things out way, way more easily and happily now.