We read What The Dog Saw for July. For August, we’re reading Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, the first book in the Southern Vampire Series. The TV show True Blood is based on this series. For September, we’re reading The Botany Of Desire by Michael Pollan. The book for October will be A Game Of Thrones by George Martin, the basis for the TV show of the same name. This book is fairly long, so you might want to get a jump start on it.
Monthly Archive for July, 2011
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I tend to categorize things I read into a couple of broad groups—things I’ll reference in conversation repeatedly over time and items that quickly slip from my cognitive reflection. Malcolm Gladwell’s writing tends to show up in the first category. He’s engaging and stimulating in fascinating ways that make his stuff a frequent topic of discussion with friends, and he’s usually high on my recommendation list. For example, just the other day, I suggested “Tipping Point” and “Outliers” to a motivated student looking for good reads. If you’re open to thinking about the world in new ways, he generally provides compelling narratives in illustrating non-obvious issues.
My first exposure to his writing was his work at the New Yorker, the dozen page articles motivated by interesting questions, the interweaving of different storylines, and the assurance that the topic will give me something to chew on for the rest of the day. The compilation of his New Yorker pieces, What the Dog Saw, is excellent. The individual pieces are short, self-contained essays that lend themselves to short reads on random topics, and I felt as though I’d gotten smarter for my trouble.
I knew that I’d liked his writing style, the easy, intuitive reads. But I gave up my subscription to The New Yorker a long time ago and this seemed to be a particularly good way to capture a lot of his work. In familiar Gladwell style, he’s changed the way I think about mammography, homelessness, ketchup, and investment strategy. Perhaps part of his skill is simply getting me to think about issues, to say nothing of turning conventional wisdom on its head. There’s often an “Ah-ha” moment with it that I don’t really tire of.
If you like his New Yorker work, you’ll love the book, and even though I’d already read some articles from the original periodicals, I found that a re-read still prompted me to reconsider ideas and that’s a fairly good use of my reading time.
Reading Gladwell always changes how I think about the world. I was especially impressed with his description of how authors and artists had the opportunity to produce their craft because they were supported by someone else, essentially a patron. I wonder who out there could have written the next great novel or book of poetry or painted an amazing work of art but didn’t because they were preoccupied with, ya know, having a job.
I also love how Gladwell uses a wide variety of examples to illustrate his point. When he discusses prediction, he references quarterbacks, profilers, financial analysts, and teachers. There is something in there for everyone to relate to, making it much easier for the reader to imagine themselves in situations Gladwell describes.
I can’t say this is my favorite Gladwell book. Since I read many of his columns, a lot of the information wasn’t new too me. I am also not particularly impressed with the book’s organization. I found it to be unclear. Overall, however, another thumbs up for Gladwell from me.
Check out GDNAL’s review as well. Jump into the discussion in the comments.
“I loath Persian luxury.” -Horace
An Iranian friend of mine made this dish for me a few weeks ago and I had to have it. It’s really, really tasty, especially if served with some crunchy bread.
- 6 hot dogs, sliced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 4-5 cups of white potatoes (either 10-12 small or 3-4 large)
- 1 tablespoon turmeric
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ cup water
- Salt and pepper
Bake potatoes at 350F for 20-30 minutes until easy stuck with a fork. Time will vary depending on the size of potatoes. Allow to cool and dice into 1 inch chunks.
Over medium heat, heat olive oil in a pan. Add onions, saute for 1-2 minutes and then add turmeric, curry powder, and salt and pepper. Saute for 5 minutes. Add potatoes and hot dogs and cook for another five minutes. Add tomato paste and ½ cup of water. Allow to simmer until sauce thickens, usually 10-15 minutes. Serve warm.
Substitute any vegetarian or vegan “hot dog” for the hot dogs called for in the recipe. Alternatively, try adding sausage or chorizo for a different flavor.
Add Sriracha or chipotle hot sauce to the tomato paste for an extra kick.