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If I’m going to take your time by blogging at all, then i want these logs to go well beyond technology and give you a sense of what I’m up to and what I’m interested in.
Most (many?) of the blog entries will be about what I’m working on and/or about what I’m discovering in .NET and Whidbey, but at lesat some of them will be about other topics, including my very bizzarre politics.
Today, I’d like to let you know what I’ve been reading, because what I read inevitably makes an impact on what (and how) I write.
I also tend to obsess on a given topic (more on that some other time). Over the past year or so I’ve been focused on three non-technical topics:
* Ancient Civilizations
* Stephen King
* GLBT issues
I read 19 SK books in the past year:
From A Buick 8
Hearts In Atlantis
The girl who loved Tom Gordon
The Gunslinger: Dark Tower 1
The Drawing of the Three: Dark Tower 2
The Waste Lands: Dark Tower 3
Wizard and Glass: Dark Tower 4
Wolves of the Calla: Dark Tower 5
The Black House
His books range from quite good, to truly great, and there is a wonderful snobbery in how he is relegated to “popular fiction” because of his choice of (admittedly silly) horror.
His best work (in my opinion, but this piece is entirely my opinion) is the Dark Tower series. If you read this, be sure to get the revised first book, much better than the original. Aligned with the Dark Tower series are a bunch of books that are more or less part of the same universe. The strongest association is in The Talisman and its (even better) sequal The Black House, but you also see it in many other books as well (e.g., Hearts in Atlantis, Insomnia, etc.)
On GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender) issues, I’ve recently read Homosexuality and Civilization which is a fascinating book and, while somewhat academic, highly readable and enjoyable.
I also read The Gay Rights Question in Contemporary American Law” which, while slightly dated (even though it is only 18 months old) was very well reasoned and very interesting.
Finally, I’m just now in the middle of Marriage and Same-Sex Unions: A Debate which is the best attempt I’ve seen to cover both sides of the issue. Each chapter consists of an essay, a rebuttal, a counter essay and a counter rebuttal. The people involved are the leading national voices on the issue. Great book, very well put together.
Feel free to recommend other, related books