Category: reading

  • Question of the week from Jared Diamond

    If we succeed in examining how some people came to dominate other people, may this not seem to justify the domination? Doesn’t it seem to say that the outcome was inevitable, and that it would therefore be futile to try to change the outcome today? Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fate of Hima Societies I […]

  • The Emporer of Ocean Park by Stephen L. Carter

    Depression is seductive: it offend and teases, frightens you and draws you in, tempting you with its promise of sweet oblivion, then overwhelming you with a nearly sexual power, squirming past your defenses, dissolving your will, invading the tired spirit so utterly that it becomes difficult to recall that you ever lived without it… Or […]

  • The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel

    I finished this book a couple of months ago but forgot I had written down some stuff from it! “If you marvel at your good fortune, you should marvel in secret: never let people see you.” – p. 186 “Our possessions outlasts us,… we have to live up to them, as they will be our […]

  • NASA is a busy place

    I’m reading NASA’s launch schedules and it is fascinating! Artemis I will be the first integrated test of NASA’s deep space exploration systems: the Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the ground systems at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The first in a series of increasingly complex missions, Artemis I will […]

  • Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

    We think time cannot touch the dead, but it touches their monuments…

  • The story of East of Eden

    If anyone wants to know what the whole book is about… Pages 266 to 272 lays it all out, and it’s the most touching part of the book yet.

  • Thoughts and an excerpt from East of Eden by John Steinbeck

    So I’m reading East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I read it when I was 13 years old in middle school and at that time, I remember it as a continous puzzlement of mentally pleading to the characters, “Noooo, don’t do that!” over and over again. I felt like everybody in the book was a […]

  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantell

    “Beneath every history, another history.” – p. 61 “It matters what name we choose, what name we make.” – 165 “There is a world beyond this black world. There is a world of the possible… The moment is fleeting. But insight cannot be taken back. You cannot return to the moment you were before.” – […]

  • Books I’ve Finished or Read Since January 1, 2022

    Circe by Madeline MillerKlara and the Sun by Kazuo IshiguroThe Midnight Library by Matt HaigPiranesi by Susanna ClarkHowl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynn JonesRebecca by Daphne du MaurierThe Stars are Not Yet Bells by Hannah Lilith AssandtFall, or Dodge in Hell by Neal StephensenLight by John M HarrisonThe Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet […]

  • Light by M. John Harrison

    “… Somewhere between waking and sleeping, ‘rents’ had become ‘tears’ and this, he felt, summed up the life of his whole race.” page 15 “Circus was in the streets. It was inside people’s heads. Eat fire? Everyone was a fireeater. Everyone had geek genes and a story to tell. Sentient tattoos made everyone the Illustrated […]

  • The Year of Mind, Body, and… Wallet

    Without really meaning to, I’ve decided to try to make this a year (or more) of mind, body, and wallet. Meaning that during the same time frame I’ve somehow decided to 1) focus more fully on fitness, 2) read at least 10-20 books of “literature” for 2022, and 3) limit my spending. The fitness backstory: […]

  • Words from Madeline Miller’s Circe

    You can teach a viper to eat from your hands, but you cannot take away how much it likes to bite. Page 99 … perhaps no parent can truly see their child. When we look we see only the mirror of our own faults. Page 325 He does not mean that it does not hurt. […]

  • Momentary

    I’m on page 3 and I already want to weep. In the lives of emperors there is a moment which follows pride in the boundless extension of the territories we have conquered, and the melancholy and relief of knowing we shall soon give up any thought of knowing and understanding them. There is a sense […]

  • Ulysses: Page 249

    At this moment, I’m on page 249 of Ulysses. The first two “chapters” were fine, but quickly ramped up from here such that I’m swallowed up by references, themes, mythology, languages, and details. Any chapter from the viewpoint of Stephen Daedalus is really hard to get through, so it take me a long while to […]

  • OMG, Omicron

    Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing. Wernher von Braun For the past year and a half, if anyone wanted, they could look to see how science is being done just by looking up research on the SARS-CoV-2 virus. If pandemics were a reality show… Now season 3 is upon […]

  • Reading in 2021

    I’m now up to page 108 in Ulysses and I’ve decided to read it like a literary novel; somewhat slower and more aware than if I were reading the mass paperbacks they sell at airports, but a lot faster than when I started on page 1. Basically, I’ve stopped looking up everything beyond my understanding: […]

  • A False Choice Between Individual Freedom and Public Health

    I’ve been thinking about the issue of “Individual Freedom” and “Public Health” lately, in light of dozens of news articles, Facebook rants, face-palm anti-vaxxer deaths, vaccine mandates, and me being a nurse who believes in individual freedom but have a huge science background. Are there any law-based article discussing the intersection of individual freedom and […]

  • It’s Different in Girls

    I just navigated to this article by Scientific American. Even though I am not diagnosed as autistic, it still strikes a chord with me, especially these paragraphs: But inside, it was very different. Social life did not come at all naturally to her. She used her formidable intelligence to become an excellent mimic and actress, […]