Total pages read: 23,992
Shortest book: 81 pages
Longest book: 985 pages
Poetry: 5 Last book read:
82. House of Holes by Nicholson Baker. A bunch of interlinked raunchy tales from the master of literary pornography. 262 pages. (Finished 24 Dec 2011).
In 2009, I finally completed my 52 book challenge. Not only that, I read twice as many books as in 2008. For 2010, at the moment at least, I don’t have a specific goal. I will continue to keep track of my books read as I finish them.
Total pages read: 24,002 Shortest book: 117 pages Longest book: 838 pages Fiction: 41 Non-fiction: 28 Cookbook: 10 Poetry: 1 Last book read: 80. Blue Clay People: Seasons on Africa’s Fragile Edge by William
Powers. A memoir of his time in Liberia directing aid during the reign
of Charles Taylor in Liberia. 292 pages. (Finished 31 Dec 10).
Last book read: 62. Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison.
The older brother of Augustin Burroughs tells his story of growing up
with Asperger’s (though undiagnosed until he was middle aged). 288
pages. (Finished 31 Dec 09).
Sometimes by a woodland stream he watched the water rush over the pebbled bed, its tiny modulations of bounce and flow. A woman’s body was like that. If you watched it carefully enough you could see how it moved to the rhythm of the world, the deep rhythm, the music below the music, the truth below the truth.
from The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
I just saw this for the first time this past week. This was originally aired on BET show The 5ive, and I believe (from the CNN spots below) has been aired on the show 106 & Park, a daily top-10 rap video countdown. The song, by poet Bomani Armah, aka D’Mite or notarapper, is a parody/satire of the state of the “urban” black culture. Not surprisingly, people didn’t get it:
Part 1 (From CNN)
Part 2 (From CNN)
I love in the second part of the interview, that the guy doesn’t see how silly his complaints about this animated short are. He keeps trying to make the video out as a PSA, removing it from the context where it was shown. Completely ignoring the fact that it was shown on a show (and channel) that regularly feature music videos that glorify violence and drugs, while at the same time objectifing women.
When accused by the CNN host of being a provocateur, Bomani responds wonderfully: “I didn’t think the idea of reading and hygiene and all these things was controversial”
Last year, my friend Elizabeth and I set out to read a book a week (or the equivalent by the end of the year). The first half of the year, I was doing pretty good, however, with the move to L.A. things slowed down significantly during the second half of the year. My final total for 2007 was 30 books. (The list is here). Elizabeth ended up making it to 52 (Her list is here).
Since I didn’t make it to last years goal, I’m starting anew with my 2008 project. My goal is to at least improve on last years total, while still striving to attain the book a week goal.
To start of this year’s project the following books are on the nightstand queue: The Audacity of Hope by Barak Obama How We Are Hungry by Dave Eggers You Shall Know Our Velocity by Dave Eggers Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra Getting Things Done by David Allen (re-read) What’s Your Poo Telling You? by Josh Richman & Anish Sheth, M.D. (a gift from Elizabeth) The Secret Lives of Men and Women: A Postsecret Book compiled by Frank Warren
That should get me the first few month’s at least.
I’ve also got a few books in mind that I plan to read this year: Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco The Chronicles of Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis (Yes I know its a crime that I’ve not read these yet) People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks