I know, some of you are wondering why anyone should care what I’m reading. I don’t even know why anyone should care, but I think it’s really neat when we step out of our stranger selves and act like we are all in this together! So I’ll tell you what I’m reading and if you are reading something wonderful, or striking, or meaningful, please feel free to share it with all of us.
I just finished a book called Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson. I’m not usually big on novels about murder trials, but this one was really written well. Guterson portrayed the characters of his Puget Sound based novel extremely well. Imagine crusty fishermen, Japanese strawberry farmers, and some love stories. Are you finding that hard to do? Well, grab the book. It’s definitely worth the read.
I also just finished a non-fiction book by Jaron Lanier called Who Owns the Future? Wow, he sketched out several scenarios that were pretty high tech as far as I was concerned and the only thing that surprised me is that many of them are close to being part of our current reality. For example, how would you like to sign online and before you do anything, or get your email, or read some local news you have to agree to whatever a large computer company says you have to agree to? Like let’s say businesses hate having customers complain about them, so the legal form you have to click before you read the things that are of interest to you online has some restrictions on your freedom of speech! How do you feel about that?
I think some of the ideas Lanier presents are a little uncomfortable, but I’m a partial luddite! I like computers, but I don’t like advertisers selling my personal information to one another so they can work their magic on my pocketbook! Find out what Siren Servers are…you might find yourself just as anxious as I am.
I’m also reading Mapp and Lucia, a book that was originally published in 1937 that is in my opinion hysterical. I enjoy some of the Brit-coms that you find on PBS, and one of them features a rather nosy woman named Hyacinth Bucket which is pronounced Bu-kay and not like the word bucket. 🙂 After reading Mapp and Lucia I felt like I understood where Hyacinth came from!