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Friday

What I've Been Reading 20070622

I finished Pattern Recognition by William Gibson. Not bad, but it didn't knock my socks off. I figured out that the main character has some kind of Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder even though it isn't spelled out that way in the main body of the book, only in the endnotes or acknowledgements or something. The main character gets anxiety attacks when she sees certain brand logos, and she can sometimes dispell general anxiety when she repeats the phrase, "He took a duck in the face at fifty knots." About halfway through the book, I diagnosed her. I'll probably list my copy on Bookmooch.com (where I got it), so I guess I didn't like it enough to keep it.

Right now I have two library books that I'm bouncing between:
The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are by Alan Watts (recommended by MetaBob from Youtube) and
The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World by Vijay Prashad.

Darker Nations only covers the period of WWII to present, but it's pretty interesting, not densely written, very easy to read.

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