What I’ve been reading

1. Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through Spain and its Secret Past, by Giles Tremlett.  An engaging survey of contemporary Spain.

2. Untapped: The Scramble for Africa’s Oil, by John Ghazvinian.  Why Africa is even more messed up than you think; this book has lots of good economics.

3. Roberto Bolaño, The Savage Detectives.  I’ve gone on about him before, but this newly translated work (the translation gets an A+) is one of the major Latin American novels of the twentieth century. 

4. It’s enough to think you are exercising.

5. Persistence running.

6. Thomas McNamee, Alice Waters and Chez Panisse.  A good history of the restaurant, plus it makes you wonder what percent of the female population is motivated primarily by ***ual desire.


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