Stupid White Men

Blimey! I’ve not updated this in ages. I read a couple of books on holiday, which I’ll add soon.

Stupid White MenI’m currently reading Michael Moore’s Stupid White Men. Now there is a book that will get you interested in politics, justice and social action.

Parts of it are funny — it’s a very well written book — but other chapters have made me mad, furious, angry, and desperate to do something about the way that us humans treat other humans, and this amazing planet on which we are living.

Following my series of books about America, I’ve also got lined up to read A People’s History of the United States (1492-Present) by Howard Zinn, and Why Do People Hate America? by Ziauddin Sardar and Merryl Wyn Davies.

The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

I am still slowly plodding through The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien for the second time. Frodo and Sam’s journey took them about a year from the Shire and back again. It took me about a year the first time I read it in St Andrews, this time it’s taking about twice as long. But I’m still enjoying it: Frodo and Sam have just reached the Black Gates.

Douglas Coupland

Life after God by Douglas Coupland
Life after God by Douglas Coupland

A friend of mine, Andrew Howie, recently gave me a book by Douglas Coupland (author of Generation X) called Microserfs. It is brilliant: a search for meaning, relationships and connection the story centres around a group of computer programming geeks at Microsoft’s Redmond base, near Seattle. It made me cry.

So I went out and bought Life After God, which I read in a couple of days on holiday. Another brilliant read with some incredible insights. Next up I’ve got his latest read Hey Nostradamus and after that Generation X is waiting for me in the wings.