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veen  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What books are you reading hubski?

Three, actually! I'm slowly going through A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel. Yesterday I almost finished reading Ezra Klein's book Why We're Polarized. Which didn't do much for me; I'm not sure if it's because I am still not quite ready for more dense pay-attention-nonfiction (I haven't been reading any since last March) or because I'm just not quite the target audience. He makes a few good points, but mostly jumps from topic to topic seeming more eager to string other people's interesting work together than to help people follow it all. Or maybe I am just too easily distracted listening to him, as I am used to listening to his podcast where I can half-hear things and still follow along.

My light fiction read right now is Hank Green's A Beautifully Follish Endeavor, because I finished the first book yesterday. It's alright, it's basically YA scifi and he tries a bit too hard at times. I'm hooked on the mystery though so I want to read on.





elizabeth  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I liked Hank's books - they're an easy light read, and it's refreshing to read something about young people written by someone with an understanding of social media and the internet.

The whole mysterious obelisks recently reminded me of this series.

veen  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm now about halfway through the second book. It's not only much better because it does not suffer from April as the LOLuWuZOMG narrator voice, but it also feels super relevant now, partly because the characters tell things I really need to hear, but partly because it helps me understand/cope with what's happening right now. He wrote it just before the pandemic, but he intended the Carl event to be reminiscent of any large global event, so it's hard not to read it as trying to predict online discourse around Covid. Reading the second book play out a year after the Big Event whilst us living a year after 'our' Big Event resonates much more than I'd expected.

elizabeth  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yes, the way he describes polarization of discourse on the internet around a « big event », with rich people taking advantage of scared people that get radicalized rings very true.