OK, I’ve been tagged a couple of times now for the book meme thing that’s meandering around. I was reluctant to post something earlier partly because the recent music list had memed me out and partly because I really don’t have much of a book collection to speak of. In one two-year span of my life I moved about seven times and as a result many of my books gradually found themselves in storage or back at used book shops. Plus, I now outsource much of my book buying and shelving to the university library I happen to live next door to.
Number of books I own
A hundred or so that I can see right now.
Last books bought
–A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers (who I had the pleasure of hearing speak back in January in San Fran and whose 826 Valencia writing center concept is indeed genius)
-Paul dans le metro, Michel Rabagliati
–The Flight of the Creative Class, Richard Florida
–A Whole New Mind, Daniel Pink
–I Almost Killed George Burns, Andy Nulman
Last book read
–Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes
Five (or so) Books that Mean a Lot to Me
Well, at least some favorites.
-All Roald Dahl titles.
-Anything by Jane Jacobs.
–The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge. This is what really piqued my interest in systems learning. See the bookshelf link in the left column for others.
–Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card. Turns out the author is a first-class dick, which somewhat dampens the enthusiasm of my endorsement, but nevertheless the early Ender’s books are masterful weavings of sci-fi, sociology, and ethics.
–Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand. It’s definitely got a point of view but remove the long-winded radio address near the end and you also have a gripping story that’s impossible to put down.
–The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, Erving Goffman.
–David Copperfield, Charles Dickens. I read this a very long time ago but still remember the huge sense of accomplishment I felt when I finished it.
–Hey Whipple, Squeeze This, Luke Sullivan. One of the best books about ideas, writing and communications.
Tag Five People with this Meme
Go ahead. You’re it.