Of Plymouth Plantation – William Bradford
Decided this year to log each book as I finish it. At the end of last year I was attempting to document all of the books that I had read during the year and I realized I couldn’t. This year I’m going to attempt to log them as I go.
I don’t get a whole lot of time to read, particularly what I call ‘leisure’ books, but I do read as much as I can between family, work, farming etc. is a busy life. It takes me forever to read because first I am a slow reader its brutal – I’ve never really understood the rush in ‘speed reading’. Second, I am constantly looking up additional references as I am reading if it is a ‘leisure’ book its wikipedia. If its a work book its applying what I am learning.
I started reading more classics last year but these tend to take a back seat to the technical driven books I have to consume for my work. Almost everything I read is non-fiction – if I want a good story I can watch Hitchcock.
First leisure book completed this year is Of Plymouth Plantation – William Bradford – I’m cheating a bit here because I actually started reading this in December is a really interesting and often detailed account of the pilgrims and their settlement(s) in the New World.
I’d never really taken the time to learn much about the pilgrims other than the standard superficial it was a rocky voyage they landed there was a tense but cooperative relationship with the natives blah blah blah Thanksgiving.
I was unaware of their ongoing relationships and business with those still in England and Holland etc. Much of the book can be very dry as it reads like a general ledger of the trade in beaver and otter skins but was well worth the time.
Next is Plato’s Republic. In parallel I have a work related book PostGIS In Action already in progress.
Forget it Sam nobody can read 4 ounces a day.
Here is today’s evidence that the country you are leaving your children will be far worse off than the one you inherited. Take solace in knowing that this has been going on since the New Deal. Your parents and grandparents started this snowball. Our generation just gave Chione the HGH … yay Keynesian economics.