Whatcha Readin’ and Listenin’ To Wednesday
It’s a new feature on this site—and a tribute to one of my favorite bloggers—even if a day late.
Ray over at The Metal Minute is taking a well deserved blogging break to take care of higher priorities, something I greatly respect.
To honor his choice—and to keep alive one of his most entertaining “audience participation” features—today I begin a weekly series both to let you know what I’m reading and listening to and to find out what’s getting your attention. Sometimes I’ll offer my reasons for jumping into these books and CDs as well as insights on the choices to spur some of your own.
This week, I’m finishing up my long listen to my first full-length, unabridged audiobook, Thomas Friedman’s Hot, Flat, and Crowded. This follow-up to the impressive The World Is Flat presents the unique challenges presented by the interaction effects among global climate change, globalization, and demographics but also offers suggestions for making our way out of this mess. I’ve been slow to come around to the topic of global climate change—finding it easier to hide my head in the sand than give it any serious thought—so I’ve found his research and ideas particularly intriguing.
On the music front, I’m still in the Halloween mood, so my car’s six-CD changer retains some of the holiday mood music.
Reading (or having read to me):
Hot, Flat, and Crowded, Thomas Friedman (on CD)
Roma Eterna, Robert Silverberg: A fun alternative history of how the world might have developed during the past two millennia if Christianity had not spread through the Roman Empire and the mighty empire had not fallen.
Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious, Gerd Gigerenzer: All about the power of thoughts that we don’t even know we have.
Um … : Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean, Michael Erard: Why do people fumble for the right word? Are verbal fillers like “um” and “uh” signs of unprofessional speaking? Erard addresses these and other questions in a book that makes “um” much more interesting than it has a right to be.
Nine Inch Nails, The Fragile
Iron Maiden, The Number of the Beast
Soundtrack, The Crow
Genesis, A Trick of the Tail
Eagles of Death Metal, Death By Sexy