What I’ve Been Reading

Fiction:

  1. Delphi Complete Works of Anton Chekhov – one of these massive collections of out-of-copyright works available on e-reader for pennies. Chekhov’s short stories are often just sketches of a moment or a state of mind, illuminated in conversation or internal dialogue. But some have sweeping timelines, and their rapid denouements remind me of Maupassant. Compared to Maupassant: somewhat less sex, much less war, more peasants, more deprivation, more authority conflicts.
  2. Home and Beloved by Toni Morrison. Home is a quick read, almost a novella. Beloved is a masterpiece. Elements of magical realism & of postmodern fiction, but completely absorbing and psychologically subtle (and occasionally frightening). Themes of freedom, power, and ownership are central, so a particularly recommended work for libertarians. And I’m not saying this to “signal.”
  3. The Stench of Honolulu by Jack Handey. A silly series of jokes tacked end-to-end into a ridiculous plot. The humor is reminiscent of the Airplane movie and, of course, “Deep Thoughts.”

Nonfiction (considered thoughts to come later on these):

  1. The Order of Public Reason by Gerald Gaus. Doing a “slow read” and discussion with some other classical liberal philosophers and political scientists.
  2. The Little Way of Ruthie Leming by Rod Dreher. Bought this one after reading Damon Linker’s review, haven’t gotten far yet.

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