Saturday, January 14, 2012

New Year, Dark Side, Still Reading!

Yes, I'm still doing work on the Dark Side, future characterized by uncertainty and ambiguity, and the weather is January cold and wet, but that shouldn't stop me from reading and writing about books.

Just finished Ian Frazier's Travels in Siberia, what he describes as the 'greatest horrible country in the world.' Wonderful read, chilling descriptions of Gulag, Russian history, and reading it reminded me of amazing adventures from my past. Frazier visits the places that I visited, Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, and Yakutsk, to name a few, and recounts his trans-Russian auto trek. Some of the passages brought back that slightly headachy, sick-to-my-stomach elation from a few of those good times, marked by emotional nostalgia and fading memories of discomfort.

Also finished was Susan Orlean's biography (?) of Rin Tin Tin, the Life and Legend, as much a history of 20th Century Americana as anything.

And, on the nightstand from an impressive Hannukrist haul, The Harvard Psychedelic Club, Railroaded, Whole Earth Discipline by Stewart Brand, I Have Landed by Stephen Jay Gould, and Last Call a History of Prohibition., by Daniel Okrent.

Lots of non-fiction to read!