1. The Future of the Internet — and How to Stop It, by Jonathan Zittrain. The main claim is that everything will be sterile, tethered appliances. The opening up of the iPhone would seem to bely this message plus competition usually works in giving consumers what they want. A smart book (that is rare for internet books, oddly) but I suspect it will prove to be wrong.
2. Paul Auster, Man in the Dark. Reviews for this work have a bimodal distribution. I like most of Auster’s books but I vote no.
3. The Gargoyle, by Andrew Davidson. So far this is excellent junk reading.
4. Epilogue, by Anne Roiphe. Ideally this book deserves its own post but it is difficult to excerpt. It’s about why the author, now a widow, finds it hard to fall in love again. Definitely recommended.
5. The Boy with Two Belly Buttons, by Stephen Dubner. It’s a children’s book. I haven’t read so many of these since Mr. Pines Paints a Purple House — my favorite as a tot — but to me it seemed very good. Ages 4-8.