My head is everywhere. In school, and in Los Angeles, and in am I happy, and in all the books I’m reading now. Those are much more interesting.
The Modern Cult of the Factish Gods by Bruno Latour, philosopher of science studies
Totally upends the entire discussion of science, religion, belief and modernism. I’m not sure if the book is a scholarly essay or a cryptic message from another planet that only thorough study will fully unlock.
Status: Just beginning
Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell, New Yorker author long ago
The book is a collection of stories about the bums and the tramps and the drunk of prohibition, about the shopkeepers, fishermen and gypsy kings of New York City in the 20s, 30s and 40s. Joseph Mitchell is an incredible listener, a voice of the people - cliche I know, but still true. I only wonder what the journalistic climate was then, how revolutionary he was, for his style and the subjects of his stories.
Status: Almost done
Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Khanneman, the psychologist who won the Nobel prize in Economics
This was a terrible choice for my first real Kindle read. It haunted me on the subways. I’d eye that little percentage in the corner and groan at my progress. The book has some great parts and if you remember any of it, it makes for some great anecdotes at parties, but I’m not a fan. Read the spark notes.
Status: Done, and good riddance
Besides for these I starting reading Civil Disobedience by Thereau, an out of print book about sound reporting published by NPR, and a book of essays by Susan Sontag. Tentative reading list: Thomas Khun, a book that a guy suggested to me on Saturday about economics I believe, but I can’t remember the name.