Saturday, April 21, 2012

What I've Been Reading

Damage by Josephine Hart - 4/5 stars - "Oh, I'm just an observer,' said Anna. 'I observe carefully. I write truthfully, exactly what I have observed. It gives me pleasure.'" - "Damaged people are dangerous. They know they can survive."

Life of Pi by Yann Martel - tbd stars - "A tie is a noose, and inverted though it is, it will hang a man nonetheless if he's not careful."

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniele Kahneman - tbd stars - "A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth."

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami - 5/5 stars - "That's what the world is, after all: an endless battle of contrasting memories." - "What we call the present is given shape by an accumulation of the past." - "Even if this world vanishes in its entirety, what do I have to lose?"

Race Against the Machine by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee - 4/5 stars - "If technology exists for a single seller to cheaply replicate his or her services, then the top-quality provider can capture most-or all-of the market. The next-best provider might be almost as good yet gets only a tiny fraction of the revenue."

The Cave by Jose Saramago and Margaret Jull Costa - tbd stars - "Some people spend their entire lives reading but never get beyond reading the words on the page, they don't understand that the words are merely stepping stones placed across a fast-flowing river, and the reason they're there is so we can reach the farther shore, it's the other side that matters."

The Longevity Project by Howard S. Friedman and Leslie R. Marting - 2/5 stars - "The findings clearly revealed that the best childhood personality predictor of longevity was conscientiousness-the qualities of a prudent, persistent, well organized person, like a scientist-professor-somewhat obsessive and not at all carefree."

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