What I’ve been reading, not reading, or is in my pile

1. Eyes of God, a novel by Philip Babcock, economist at UC Santa Barbara.  It is about intrigue and Indonesia.

2. By page 200 I got bored of the new Eugenides novel.  The Barbarian Nurseries reaps high praise and is well-written but it feels too ordinary for me.

3. Ladies of Liberty: Women Who Made a Difference in American History, by John Blundell.  Biographical sketches of libertarian and libertarian-themed women in U.S. history.  Includes Rose Wilder Lane, Isabel Patterson, Rose Friedman, Jane Jacobs, others.

4. Michael Nielsen, Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science.  The best book on the potential for open, networked science, looking forward.  Joshua Gans on the book here and here, the latter having a link to Michael’s TEDx talk.

5. Robert Trivers, The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Self-Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life.  Brilliant, insightful, with occasional lapses of taste, quintessential Trivers, now the go-to book on its topic, recommended.


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