It’s the season of gifts and excess, so I thought I’d count my blessings a little bit, just to see if it helps me ease off spending money on and otherwise collecting stuff I don’t use. So I bought/got and haven’t read/watched
- Lost in Translation – from what I heard, starring a brilliant Bill Murray.
- Norwegian Wood – translated from Haruki Murakami’s Japanese original. I’d read a Chinese translation halfway through, and I found it occasionally evocative but generally bland. A colleague mentioned that a lousy Chinese translation was floating around, and another passed me the English one to try.
- The Fifth Discipline (Peter Senge) – always wanted to read it. Now it looks intimidating. See this interesting review.
- The Black Swan (Nassim Nicholas Taleb) – I read “Fooled by Randomness” and I found Nassim Taleb full of himself, too much so for me. And then I came across his home page. And my opinion of him remained, but at least now he seems a genuinely full-of-himself person. And somehow that makes me more eager – just slightly so, but still – to read “The Black Swan”.
- Think! (Edward de Bono) – also, according to my long-legged friend, who lent me the book, full of himself, is Mr de Bono.
- Flow (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi) – First heard of the man with his first name in his last name while I was studying communication in university, some of the best times of my life. I suspect my getting the book was at least partly an attempt to retrieve those times.
- Leaves of Grass (Walt Whitman) – I guess if I liked poetry I’d like Walt Whitman. Or Pablo Neruda. Or Ted Hughes. *Sigh*
- The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (David Wroblewski) – I do want to read this book. But I got the hard-cover version. And it’s thicker than my thigh. Ok I lie. I’ll read it soon.
- A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (Dave Eggers) – I like McSweeney’s, which Dave Eggers founded. I think his talk on winning the TED prize was amazing. I think his “What is the What” would be a good read too. But I shall try to finish that heartbreaking work of staggering genius first.
Yes, I have too much stuff. Time to get down to some reading.