Jason (jcreed) wrote,

I got to thinking whether I really read as much as it seems I do, and whether I read disproportionately more nonfiction as much as it seems I do. So I went back through livejournal and my paper journal and figured out what books I've read during the first seven months of 2004:

(non-fiction, fiction, linguistics)
The Basque History of the World (Mark Kurlansky)
Spoken Here (Mark Abley)
After Theory (Terry Eagleton)
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (Betty Edwards)
The Mother Tongue (Bill Bryson)
Fearful Symmetry (A. Zee)
Rules of Play (Katie Salen and Eric Zimmerman)
Seeing Voices (Oliver Sacks)
Invisible Cities (Italo Calvino)
Experiences in Translation (Umberto Eco)
Notes from a Small Island (Bill Bryson)
Describing Morphosyntax (Thomas E. Payne)
French Opera Posters 1868-1930 (a Dover Book, pretty much just pictures)
After Babel (George Steiner)
On Difficulty (George Steiner)
Literary Theory (Terry Eagleton)
The Origin of Language (G. A. Wells)
The Modern Mind (Peter Watson)
Exercises in Style (Raymond Queneau)
Welcome to the Ivory Tower of Babel (Mike S. Adams)
A Perfect Vacuum (Stanislaw Lem)
A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole)

Hm, twenty-two books, 86% non-fiction, 37% of the non-fiction being linguistics. (The other topics being, respectively, sociology, critical theory, art, physics, games, travel, design, philosophy, literary theory, history, rhetorical technique, politics) A bit of a bias. In fact before a week or two ago I apparently hadn't read much fiction at all this year --- just the Calvino. I think the last fiction before that was tom7's "Name of Author by Title of Book" and Chuck Palahniuk's "Lullaby" from last december.

Conclusion: I definitely too spend a lot of time reading about random shit that isn't computer science. I did start reading "Mechanizing Proof" once! But I never finished... I should really give that back to donna probably.

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