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I did an interview for NPR's summer reading series where we are supposed to talk about books to read over the summer. I ended up talking mostly about blogs. ;-) It's about a month old.

What do YOU recommend we read this summer?

UPDATE: Here are my notes on Orientalism by Edward Said, thoughts after reading Science In Action by Bruno Latour, and my short review of We the Media by Dan Gillmor.


I think "red" people should read a political book from the "blue" side of things and vice versa. Perhaps they should go to Amazon's top poltiical books and pick the first title they object to and then read it cover to cover.

Just a thought.

The Known World - Edward P. Jones is a great read and thought provoking historical fiction. Something that can lead to intelligent conversations between those who have read it.

The David Suzuki Reader
"A lifetime of ideas from a leading activist and thinker"
Greystone Books

Canada's foremost environmentalist who has distinguished himself in all areas of his life - as a survivor of internment of the Japanese during WWII, as a scientist, journalist, author, activist. The reader is a collection of writings spanning his career as a scientist, activist, host of the show The Nature of Things, and author.

More about Suzuki and his work:

About Suzuki:

The David Suzuki Foundation

God's Debris: A Thought Experiment by Scott Adams

What else than literature via RSS feeds? :-)

The Ingenuity Gap by Thomas Homer-Dixon. A book about how the gap between the world's problems and humanities solutions and understanding is growing larger and some ideas on how to deal with them.

Moneyball by Michael Lewis :: It's summer and baseball and summer just go together.

The Wisdom of Crowds Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations Written by James Surowiecki :: I just finished this book and it is an amazing look at how society interacts.

The Great Good Place by Ray Oldenburg :: another book on how humans interact and the places we grow to love.

I recommend "Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It is set in the 1920s-1950s in Barcelona during and after the Spanish Civil War. It is a love story but also a story about friends tested by the allegiances and betrayals of that period. Anyone who has been to Barcelona and loves that city will love this book. The original version is in Spanish but the translator, Lucia Graves, did a magnificent job. Lucia is the daughter of English poet Robert Graves and is a writer. Her memoir about her life in Spain (A Woman Unknown: Voices from a Spanish Life) is a compelling book that I also recommend.

I just heard the interview that you did with NPR on the way into work this morning. It piqued my interest, having just started on my own blog. As for reading, I'm a hard core science fiction fan and would recommend the ENTIRE Dune series by Frank Herbert. While not having any basis in the now, his insights on what makes humanity tick are compelling.

I recommended Birth of the Chess Queen a while ago on my blog, and more recently the FT Summer school section for entrepreneurs.

You can always combine the two. :)

Ulysses in a blog. One page each day.

"Counting books and puzzle pieces, my family has a few thousand objects in our house, divided among nine rooms. Over time, the distribution of those objects tends toward a random one, including such possibilities as Popsicle sticks in the disk drive and stuffed animals in the oven. But my wife and I find only a few of the several trillion possible arrangements of these objects acceptable, so we routinely invest energy to attain and maintain order and structure. We are locked in a struggle with the forces (however lovable) of disorder. We can prevail while our energy lasts, but not forever and always at a cost: the energy applied to tidying up cannot be applied elsewhere. This is approximately the story of the universe, of life, and of human history"
Incipit of the last chapter of father and son McNeill's "The Human Web", a bird'seye view of world history (Norton, 2003)

Weird, the web page on NPR disappeared. Is that standard?

Bruno Latour's Research Group will host the Joint 4S & EASST Conference 2004 at the end of the month in Paris, from august 25th to august 28th, in the Ecole des Mines de Paris, 60 boulevard Saint Michel, 6ème.

As with previous 4S/EASST conferences, the conference welcomes contributions on all topics related to the social studies of science and technology.

This year the conference is organised around the specific 2004 theme "PUBLIC PROOFS - SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND DEMOCRACY".This meeting corresponds to the urgency of the day: science and technical expertise is everywhere needed but everywhere under suspicion.

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