Saturday, July 29, 2006

Watching Beirut Die

Watching Beirut Die
Anthony Bourdain

Not a book, but an interesting read nonetheless. An article by Anthony Bourdain on being caught in Beirut as it was being bombed. I must admit to being terribly stereotypically American in being rather ignorant about world news, so it's interesting getting a more personalized view on something I would otherwise have had zero contact with.

(As a side-note, I'm a passive fan of Anthony Bourdain. I really enjoyed reading Kitchen Confidential and when I actually watch television, his show, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations on the Travel Network is cool to catch.)

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen R. Covey

Ironically, I am being more effective and efficient with my time by choosing to discontinue reading this book than to finish it. I got a little past the first chapter.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Metafilter recommended books

http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/42616

Friday, July 07, 2006

The Master of Go

The Master of Go
by Yasunari Kawabata

I really liked this one. It 1) was well-written 2) gave me a deeper respect and understanding of the game Go, and 3) followed the entertaining upstart versus master storyline, sometimes found in sports, albeit at a more peaceful and conscientious pace. Kawabata starts off by jumping around in time, but once the Go game starts, follows the moves of the (multi-month) game in chronological order and even shows diagrams of the board so you can follow the game. I'm unfamiliar with even the most basic of strategies of Go, so some of the moves described and some of the Go terms were slightly lost on me (despite the book even having a glossary). But in the end, this was a rather enjoyable, relaxing and mentally stimulating read.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

The Sound of Waves

The Sound of Waves
By Yukio Mishima

A simple love story that is a quick and entertaining read. This was slightly reminiscent of Old Man and the Sea in its simplicity and its setting, but it was not quite as masterfully put together.

My only complaint was very minor. Some of the narrator's meta comments regarding the main character's inexperience with women seemed a little awkward (perhaps this was due to translation?)

But all in all, this was definitely a good read, one of those books that those of almost any age can pick up and enjoy.