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Feb. 20th, 2015 | 12:15 am

I'm too attached to bound dead tree sheets to switch to e-readers.

I did mention in passing last entry that I used some of the long weekend to read. And since I used to obsessively catalog what I was reading in here, may as well start again. The top one is what I'm reading now, and below are the last few I recently finished in reverse chronological order.

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette - First novel I've read in ... at least two years? I'm making it a point to read more fiction this year.
  • High-Rise - A very detailed and perhaps slightly embellished journalistic account of the strange world of real estate development in Manhattan.
  • After the Music Stopped - A wonky account of the US government's response to the financial crisis. Sobering, and a depressing reminder of how few people really run the show in banking.
  • Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger - I used this in part as a source for the best academic paper I ever wrote*, but had never read the full piece. Also depressing, but a sharp take on how the inclusion of minorities of all types meets so much resistance.
  • Better Places, Better Lives - The biography of my company's founder. Tried to read this once probably seven years ago and lost interest. Knowing what I do now about him, it was a more interesting read. Again, good for the real estate nerds.


* Mentioned in the second paragraph. Of course I wrote a blog entry about that. Because I'm me.
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Mark

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from: changeling72
date: Feb. 20th, 2015 06:20 am (UTC)
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I find my Kindle handy at times, but I prefer real books.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Feb. 23rd, 2015 04:10 am (UTC)
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I can see how an e-reader has some benefits, chiefly when trying to move house with shelves and shelves of heavy paper. But still I resist!

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Urban Rebel

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from: urbanrebel
date: Feb. 20th, 2015 09:33 am (UTC)
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I said the same thing, but a friend told me I'd change my mind half way through my first book on an e-reader. So I finally broke down and got a Kindle Voyage when they first came out in October and . . . he was right! I love it, can read in bed now without a light and I've already saved more than it cost by checking out e-books on line from the LA County Library.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Feb. 23rd, 2015 04:09 am (UTC)
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I'll be dragged into the technologies this century kicking and screaming, I'm sure. :)

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Urban Rebel

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from: urbanrebel
date: Feb. 23rd, 2015 08:59 pm (UTC)
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Well, I've rebelled myself. I've still never had a Facebook account or even LinkedIn, and I only recently got an e-reader. They have been out for how many years now? I think it's the volume of reading I'm doing again that made it almost a necessity. I think I've read about 25 since I got it in mid/late October. Before that, it was becoming very time consuming to constantly be out looking for my next book(s), not to mention expensive.

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M!ke

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from: rockingthemike
date: Feb. 20th, 2015 01:59 pm (UTC)
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high rise sounds interesting. would a pleb like me find it good, or should i avoid it?

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Feb. 23rd, 2015 04:07 am (UTC)
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I think you would! The characters and their personalities figure prominently, and provide much amusement in between all the shop talk. Only issue is it's out of print, so I'm not sure how easy it is to get a copy.

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M!ke

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from: rockingthemike
date: Feb. 23rd, 2015 01:02 pm (UTC)
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i'm sure i could find a pdf of it somewhere. ;)

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mark

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from: kishenehn
date: Feb. 20th, 2015 02:05 pm (UTC)
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E-books are evil. Pure evil!

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Feb. 23rd, 2015 04:07 am (UTC)
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I'll trust your word on that. :)

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Jeff

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from: musicpsych
date: Feb. 22nd, 2015 06:37 am (UTC)
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My unread book pile/backlog is too big for me to even consider an e-reader. Though I'm starting to get into reading again.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Feb. 23rd, 2015 04:09 am (UTC)
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My to-read list is over 375 books, but I only possess a handful so I could get them on e-readers if I decided to go that route.

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