This week, the Artsy Reader Girl inquires: whaddya reading at the beach? Or this summer, anyway. This was to have gone up yesterday, but what’s 24 hours between friends?
1. Something in American lit, because I’m…a little behind on my Classics Club participation, and I like to do something to celebrate Independence Day. I’ll probably finish The Sun Also Rises, which I’ve been grudgingly picking my way through.
2. The Invaders, some speculative anthropological history that posits the Neanderthals fell because we had man’s best friend and they didn’t.
3. How to Watch TV News, Neil Postman. I ordered the “updated” version of 2008, with a supplement by another author.
4. The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future . At the beginning of the year I posted a list of ten titles I hoped to read in 2018, and the rest were finished by April.
5. The Essential Russell Kirk. Kirk is an extraordinary author, who I first read in disagreement but quickly realized had an intelligent, principled perspective that I could learn from even if I remained unconvinced.
6. The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology. Robert Wright.
7. How the Post Office Created America, Winifred Gallagher. This one is intended as one of my ‘celebrating America’ books, set for around Independence Day.
8. Seeing Further: The Story of Science and the Royal Society, Bill Bryson. History of science and Bill Bryson? Say no more.
9. Forgotten Founders, ed. Gary L. Gregg II, Mark David Hall. Biographical articles about long-forgotten founding figures of the former federation (sorry), including women and at least one native American. Also Indendence Day reading, but continuing in a series that I’ve been reading the last few Independence Days. Full works in this series have included: American Cicero, Forgotten Founder & Drunken Prophet, The Cost of Liberty, and (almost) Founding Federalist. I didn’t finish that last one last year because I was reading too much about the Constitutional Convention all at once.
10. The Network: The Battle for the Airwaves and the Birth of the Communications Age, Scott Woolley.