Books

Italo Calvino. If on a winter’s night a traveler [Books about books. Writers writing about writing. Too intellectually cute]
Dan Barber. The Third Plate [Reading about food in the winter makes me feel warm. But I worry about the affordability of The Third Plate]
Richard Zolgin. Hope: Entertainer of the Century. [As AG said, solid appellate brief for overturning negative opinion of Bob Hope]
Plato. Euthyphro, The Apology, Crito, Phaedo
Iris Murdoch. The Sea
Richard Yates,Revolutionary Road
Edwin Abbott. Flatland
Iris Murdoch. The Black Prince
Miranda July, The First Bad Man
Stuart Rojstaczer, The Mathematicians Shive
Jim Bell, The Interstellar Age
Mohsin Hamid, Moth Smoke
Laurie Colwin, Family Happiness [Add Laurie Colwin to the list of wonderful sentence writers. Here is one. “Anxiety, she thought, is like a flock of birds on a telephone line. When people came around, they flopped off, and when the people were away, they hopped back on.”
Apostolos Doxiadis, Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture {This book opens with a great sentence. “Every family has its black sheep-in ours it was Uncle Petros].
Apostolos Doxiadis Logicomix [Bertrand Russell in a comic book-gutsy. I’m not sure how the Oresteia fits in though]
Cédric Villani. Birth of a theorem: A Mathematical adventure
Martin Rudwick. Earth’s deep history: Why it was discovered and how it matters.
Karl Ove Knausgaard. My Struggle-Book 4 [As Willow said, bored now].
Sophia Nikoladau. The Scapegoat
Other Content

Inherent Vice [Solve for x: Thomas Pynchon & Joaquin Phoenix = David Foster Wallace]
The Imitation Game [Massaged and corny version of history].
The Toy [with Jackie Gleason and Richard Pryor-So bad I bailed after 15 minutes]
22 Jump Street [Exceeded my low expectations. Funny riffs on its sequelness]
Dazed and Confused [Title aptly describes high school; movie reenacts it]
Boogie Nights [I would put this in the Criterion Collection]
The Master
Monsieur Beaucaire
Magnolia
Hilarious [not]
Driving Miss Daisy [Tender]
Conan Can’t Stop [See this movie when you’re angry. It will make you angrier]
Safety Last
Chef [Great cast; Very good 2/3rds; Ending too Disney]
Boyhood [This movie was made to be seen when it is no longer contemporary]
Dream Team
Black Narcissus
Proof
Goodfellas
Foxcatcher
Love is Strange [I liked te rough edges of this movie]

 

 

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