Monday, July 16, 2012

This Week at the Library (16 July)

So, last week was fun. I think I may have overdone it with no less than five reads for Bastille Day, but they certainly put me in the mood for celebrating France. I think it will be a few weeks before I can go somewhere without having accordion strains lingering in my mind!  Food was a pervasive theme, but as I haven't had lunch yet I don't think I should dwell on that!  As fun as last week was,  I'm anticipating more variety for the next few weeks. I've got a science book waiting for me at present -- The Ghosts of Evolution: Nonsensical Fruit, Missing Partners, and Other Ecological Anachronisms.  I also have Food, Inc, but I think I'll let it keep for a while, as I'm burned out on criticism for a while  I'm also well versed with the material from previous readings of Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan, so I will enjoy it more as a refresher later. Reviews are still pending for A People's History of the Civil War and Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong.  I'd figured to post those yesterday, but wound up playing a game of Civilization III as the French instead. (The French focus bled over into everything last week: I wound up watching movies set in Paris, listening to the "Edith Piaf" station on Pandora, and playing French scenario in my various games..)

Books in the's EconTalk features an interview with Gary Taubes on the book, Why We Get Fat.  His interview on Good Calories, Bad Calories absolutely fascinated me, so I'm looking forward to this one.


  1. Wow, you certainly made the most of the French holiday! I try to stay away from books with a food theme, but I should probably take a look at that "Why We Get Fat" volume -- that's something I DO need to know about!

  2. Taubes definitely changed my thinking on the subject!

  3. I know this is not about a book, but as you mentioned Bastille Day, I thought you might be interested in my post about celebrating Bastille Day in Chicago!:


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