I'm always in the middle of half a dozen books. I love inexpensive used books (garage sales and library sales are big events for me), and I have a lot of them. The blog has occasional entries about books I'm reading.

The Polysyllabic Spree

Nick Hornby
April 15, 2014

I found this at the Friends of the Library book store at Fort Mason and am having a great time reading it.

I've always liked Nick Hornby, and - as a reader with great ambition and wide-ranging interests and hardly any time to read - I enjoy reading about what he did and didn't get to each month.

Howards End

E. M. Forster
January 5, 2012

I'm starting this tonight - I'm so excited.

My main motivation for reading this is that I'm planning to read Zadie Smith's On Beauty, and I've read that was inspired by Howards End. Plus, it's always good to read an unread classic.

Talent is Overrated

Geoff Colvin
July 15, 2011

I'm skimming most of this, but paying closer attention to the chapters defining deliberate practice.

What to Listen For in Jazz

Barry Kernfeld
September 27, 2010

I grew up on top 40 radio with minimal knowledge of jazz. I've come to really enjoy a lot of jazz, but I often feel like I barely speak the language. So far, this is giving me a lot of new understanding - a lot of pathways into appreciating the music more.

Let the Great World Spin

Colum McCann
August 31, 2010

I requested this from the library on a friend's recommendation. I'm about halfway through and I think it's pretty amazing.

Complete Denial

936 pages.

Somebody recommended A History of the Modern World over on Ask Metafilter and I leapt over to the San Francisco library's website and requested it.

It's 936 pages. Not counting the (excellent-looking) appendices and bibliography.

I don't know what I was thinking.

The Enthusiast

Charlie Haas
January 8, 2010

Wow. So far I love this book. I'm especially wowed by Haas's ability to craft a brilliant simile. I'm enjoying the story, the characters, and the writing. So far, it's superb.

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