Since my County Executive prediction post just ain't getting done today, I'll answer the call of Jim Adams, who asked me what I like to read. But instead of making it just about me, let's all take a minute to share in comments what's on our nightstand or bookmarks folder.
Unfortunately, as I'm sure is the case with most of us, I don't read as many as I'd like. Generally, I'm a fan of books on history, social science, religion, fiction and some memoirs. The books I'm currently reading are:
- The Conservative Soul by Andrew Sullivan.
- The Geography of Opportunity by Xavier N. De Souza Briggs and William Julius Wilson.
- Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (200 pages down, only 500 to go!).
- Chuck Klosterman IV by Chuck Klosterman.
- This Land by Anthny Flint.
- Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer.
- State of Fear by Michael Crichton.
- The Consequences of Growing Up Poor by Greg J. Duncan and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn.
- Silent Spring by Rachel Carson.
- The Corner by David Simon and Edward Burns (the guys who created The Wire).
- And, for some fiction, The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey, which is the source of the Hayduke name.
Most of my reading time is spent with blogs and magazines. Of the magazines, my regular reads are:
- Andrew Sullivan -- a principled conservative
- Matthew Yglesias -- a principled, but pragmatic, young liberal
- Reason: Hit and Run -- ah, libertarians
- Marginal Revolution -- two economists talk economics
- Mac Rumors -- source of all the latest dirt future products from Apple
- Deadspin -- snarky sports commentary