2009/05/06

Bamboo for the Panda Mind

What I'm eating reading these days. Food for thought.

Last read -

JFK and the Unspeakable - Why he died and why it matters
by James W. Douglass


Now reading -


The Samurai's Garden A novel by Gail Tsukiyama


Next -


A Presidential Energy Policy by Michael C Ruppert (author of Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil)


What are you reading?


20 comments:

Bear Bear said...

I'm interested in The Samurai's Garden. Thanks for the recommendation! ^^

Pandabonium said...

Bear Bear - you're welcome. I like Gail Tsukiyama's books. "The Language of the Threads" is really good too.

K and S said...

I am reading "Toujours Provence" Peter Mayle :) I have some other Gail Tsukiyama books that are waiting for me to read also.

Pandabonium said...

Kat - Sounds like fun.

The Moody Minstrel said...

What are you reading?-

Well, right now I'm reading this comment thread.

(Sheesh...)

Other than that, I still haven't managed to finish cutting through Isaac Asimov's autobiography. It's interesting, but it's also kind of tedious.

Word Verification - lateredo: where the cowboy went after he died in that street in Laredo.

Pandabonium said...

Moody - Asimov's life would be interesting to read about. I noted on the wikipedia entry about him that he "was born sometime between October 4, 1919 and January 2, 1920". His poor mother! That has to be a record for birth labor.

If he were alive today, I would like to ask him, "hey, where's my personal robot servant, Mr. Genius smarty pants?"

ladybug said...

Hi Panda..ok
1-Outliers, The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

2-The Upanishads-translated for the modern ready by Eknath Easwaran (having a difficult time...am a bit bored, either a bad translation, I'm really not in the right frame of mind right now...or both)

3-The Sandman, Endless Nights by Neil Gaiman (Graphic Novel)...awesome, keep going back and re-reading certain sections, studying the illustrations.

-for those not in the know, "The Endless" are not gods/goddesses, but are embodiments of "endless" concepts; They are
DestinyDeathDream (which is mainly what the entire Sandman series is about)
DestructionDespairDesireDelirium formerly Delight, but went kinda crazy from some traumatic event....

ladybug said...

My comment didn't turn out right...there are seven endless

(from oldest to youngest)

Destiny

Death

Dream

Destruction

Despair

Desire

Delirium/Delight

Pandabonium said...

Ladybug - interesting selections.

The Upanishads had quite an influence on western philosophers and writers in the 19th and early 20th centuries (Thoreau and W. Somerset Maugham come to mind) that I've been interested in reading them. The task has always seemed daunting enough for me to set it aside for later.

Don Snabulus said...

I just finished The Telling by Ursula Le Guin and I am now reading Searoad by the same person.

Shoot me an email on the Ruppert book when you get it finished.

Martin J Frid said...

1) "Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles" by Geoff Emerick, the amazing engineer at Abbey Road who at age 21 recorded albums like Revolver and Sgt Pepper (on a 4 track tape recorder no less)

2) "Imaginary Homelands" by Salman Rushdie, who says "to dream is to have power"

3) "The Secret Supper" - a great novel by Javier Sierra set in Milan, 1497 about Leonardo da Vinci and the messages hidden in the painting, The Last Supper

I'm also in the middle of a book of short stories by Haruki Murakami, but I can't find it right now, so I'll have to get back to you about its title ;)

Pandabonium said...

Snabby - coincidentally, K just finished Le Guinn's Left Hand of Darkness.

I'll let you know about Ruppert's book. Cheers.

Martin - Interesting stuff. The book of short stories by Murakami is perhaps "The Elephant Vanishes". I was introduced to his writings while working at a bookstore through a preview edition of Wind Up Bird Chronicle. One of my favorite authors ever since.

Martin J Frid said...

A Presidential Energy Policy by Michael C Ruppert seems very interesting, judging from what I read over at the Amazon reviews (one thing that Amazon does very well, whatever you may think about them, and hoping the will not kill off every small independent book shop in the known universe).

"The current economic implosion will and can only result in the greatest--and longest lasting--economic depression in human history--a new Dark Age, especially if some fundamental sea changes are not made immediately."

Wow. Let's hurry up & make those oceanic changes, then, shall we.

Martin J Frid said...

Haruki Murakami's 24 short stories written between 1981 and 2005 published as Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman - much recommended.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haruki_Murakami

Pandabonium said...

Martin - another thing Amazon does well according to an author I heard from is to pay on time. An author can be sure of receiving income in a timely manner from them, whereas some other marketers of books may make them wait.

Also, for folks like me living far from English language stores, Amazon offers the least expensive shipping options.

As for energy sea changes, we ran out of options about 25 years ago. We don't have time to screw around anymore. I'm afraid I'm not optimistic about my fellow man acting more intelligently than yeast when it comes to managing limited resources, and so am planning and acting for myself, those I care about, and neighbors, as if others will do nothing to mitigate the damage.

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman - a book I don't own. I'll have to order a copy. Thanks!

Olivia said...

That's quite a mix you have there.

I'm just winding up a long and careful read of "Parallel Worlds: The Science of Alternative Universes and Our Future in the Cosmos" by Professor Michio Kaku.

I'm skimming through one of my old books "A Return to Modesty: Rediscovering the Lost Virtue" by Wendy Shalit.

I've put aside Edith Wharton's "Old New York" for next week's commute, and I'm waiting for my next Smithsonian as I finished the last one way too quickly!

Olivia said...

@ Ladybug - I've read Malcolm Gladwell before: "Blink" and enjoyed it. Would definitely recommend him to anyone.

Pandabonium said...

Olivia - I recommend them all.

Interesting mix you have there too.
I used to get Smithsonian - always good material in there.

bonnie said...

So how IS your sailboat?

Pandabonium said...

Bonnie - it's awaiting a custom trailer hitch from the US, then trailer licensing. Still weeks from getting wet.