Posted by: LYF | February 9, 2011

What I’ve been reading…

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these.  So I’ll focus on the good stuff and list the rest at the bottom.

The Brother’s Karamazov

Sometimes I think it’s difficult to understand how you feel about people or relationships, given the current speed of our culture and social media’s ability to generate disposable friends.  I guess I appreciate people more as time goes on.  Anyway, Dostoevsky is fucking good at articulating and capturing the bonds between people, while wrapping them in enough drama to expose their real grit and nature.  The best part about his writing is the subtlety he uses to describe his characters.  He won’t say, “so and so was depressed.”  Instead he’ll describe a Russian town – which is depressing in and of it’s self – how a character walked through it, how long his pace was, whether or not his face was worn, if he clothes had been stained, the way people watched him, if he kept his eyes on the ground or straight ahead etc.  If you want to better understand people, then read this book.

Crime and Punishment

Pretty much the same explanation as above.  Still awesome.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

This book taught me a lot about resolve.

Kafka on the Shore

Haruki Murakami is my favorite author so I like everything he puts out.  This one stood out though.

What I talk when I talk about running, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Barney’s Version, A Tale of Two Cities, The Brother’s Karamazov, Theodore Rex, Liar’s Poker, Kafka on the Shore, The old man and the sea, Assholes Finish First, Eating Animals, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, A Wild Sheep Chase, The Paleo Solution, What do you care what other people think? Crime and Punishment, Dance Dance Dance, Slaughter-house Five, Rules for Radicals, Kingdom Under Glass, Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

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