books

Neal Stephenson

August 5, 2009 - 10:53pm

(this is a repost from 2008)

Neal Stephenson is an amazing processor of information.  I (like countless other fans of his work) am currently reading Anathem, his latest novel which tackles such myriad issues as religion, science, the long clock... I'm only 200 pages into a lengthy brick of a book.  So far it is living up to the amazing trilogy of his previous work, The Baroque Cycle books.


New Book from Kurt Anderson

July 29, 2009 - 12:18pm

Boing Boing reviews the new book by Kurt Anderson on America's love of the boom and bust cycle of business.  I love how Anderson has bounced from Spy to Studio 360 to ripping fictional yarns (Turn of the Century) to serious social analysis -- I've never met him but he just strikes you as the definition of curious.

This book looks interesting and I'll probably read it.  I was struck by this excerpt in the review, however, on how damn fat American's have gotten:

Meanwhile, the average American gained about a pound a year, so that an adult of a given age is now at least twenty pounds heavier than someone of the same age during the 1970s. Back in the late 1970s, 15 percent of Americans were obese; more than a third of us are now. 

We are a nation of Cartmans...


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