nil.enroll(aetheric_username, quantum_class_id) (adric) wrote,
nil.enroll(aetheric_username, quantum_class_id)

Five on Reading

1. What is your favorite type of literature to read (magazine, newspaper, novels, nonfiction, poetry, etc.)?
I really enjoy science fiction, and I read a bit of mystery (detective stories?).
As I got back into the habit of reading after starting college, I drew a pretty sharp line between reading for fun and reading to learn (many things are both). I try and balance out the dreck (light fiction, Gaming books, porn, humour) with more serious stuff (tech manuals, math books, physics, history, philosophy, etc). I also like to maintain the illusion of being informed about world events common to intellectuals and academics, and so I read The Week almost every week, and try to make time for The Economist.

2. What is your favorite novel?
I'm drawing a blank here. Cryptonomicon, Snow Crash, Across Realspace,
The Number of the Beast, To Sail Beyond the Sunset, Foundation (which one I don't know) The Magus (Fowlkes) (needs a reread) Satanic Verses (still don't understand), Eric Flint's 1642, The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas (pere), and my new favourite is Cory Doctorow's Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. Zen and ... is recommend, but could not be mistaken for a novel easily.

3. Do you have a favorite poem? (Share it!)
I rarely 'get' poetry. Frost "The Road Not Taken" is about the only one I can remember right now...

4. What is one thing you've always wanted to read, or wish you had more time to read?

The top of the that list is A New Kind of Science by Stephen Wolfram. There a whole bunch of Computer Security books I ought to dive into, but I can't remember which ones right now ... (The next post is planned to be all about ANKOS, M--a, and such things). OTOH, there are entire fields of study I mean to start in on, and haven't ..

5. What are you currently reading?
Mostly stuff I've been reading quite a while, and haven't gotten back to...
I'm past Erasmus in Barzun's new modern hstory From Dawn to Decadance, I haven't looked at Against the Gods: Risk (an insurance history in quite a while, I am past Napoleon's wars in Strategy (B. H. Hart),
and I will have to restart Plato's The Republic and The Silmarillion, each of which I've tried to hack through more than once and failed. i need to dive back into that Intro Lingustics textbook. I have read the first couple chapters of I Am Spock and If Chins Could Kill while passing time in another person's living room. I started a Mario Puzo novel that way quite a while back ... (and that is how I read book one of Atlas Shrugged), and oh yeah I was reading (over there) on Sturgeon collection that was very good (Microcosmic God, Volume II ?).

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