What does it take to be a legendary polymath? Study, observe, learn stuff.
Three books, or series of books, that have been occupying me for a while.
Eric Scholosser’s Command and Control tells of a system out-of-control, that doesn’t necessarily obey commands.
As the 18th century becomes the 19th, David Mitchell’s book reflects in vivid detail the Dutch East Indies Company as it sunsets, decades before Japan is finally opened up for good. Besides being a fascinating historical novel of a vanished insular culture, it’s a lovely romance with vivid action sequences. The assault upon the Mount […]
One of mine, too. Nicely done mini-review of just one sentence of Cormac McCarthy.
Forward. Inside-out. Outside-in. It’s worth re-reading either way to solve the puzzle of interconnectedness. .
A while back, I posted a Top Ten List of things in every Jack Reacher novel. And since then, the author has made it his business to fool me. Only six are wholly true, one partially true, and one totally turned on its head. I may actually have to go back and rewrite it.
But why quibble? Just tell me when the next one comes out.
Something unusual happens at the end of Stephen King’s new novel. Something new, for him, that you don’t find in his previous books. Sweetness. Romance. Lyricism.
Or so they said. Could my favorite author, Cormac McCarthy, really have written these restaurant reviews? Of course not, it says so right on the tin. Still as parody they are hilarious. And so the man defied the villagers and ate the taco. In defiance of the will of those people but also in defiance […]
I’d have hoped that this crew, who presumably have a longer view of things, would find a way to avoid the “best 100 books of my lifetime” bias you see in these lists; but again I’m disappointed.
That will happen in every Jack Reacher novel.