May 31, 2005

One way of reading.

Yesterday, I bought five books -- a diverse array. I've been reading them in a sequence, four to twenty pages in one book and then in the next, from Book 1 to Book 5, then starting with Book 1 again. I just noticed I'm following the reading method I use for my pile of exams. I didn't really mean to replicate the exam-reading experience.

20 comments:

Ron said...

I love this way of reading, especially when you get several books on the same topic. It creates a kind of "3D" effect in my mind for the topic to hear several different (and sometimes conflicting) voices speaking about the same thing.

Bully for you, Ann! Hope you enjoy the trip!

Charlie Eklund said...

Ann, surely you know that you can't tell us you're reading five books but not tell us which books they are.

Inquiring minds want to know!

Ann Althouse said...

Charlie: I'd thought you'd guess. Like the what's-in-the-vial from the other day. I'll give a hint: all were on the front tables at Borders and all are hardcover (and so, recent). Two are biography. Both of these are more (in one case) or less (in one case) law-oriented. Two are autobiograpy (and graphic, in the comics sense). One is other nonfiction (and very much a best seller). Okay, now you've got an excellent shot at guessing all five.

Mark said...

Under & Alone
Becoming Justice Blackmun
My Life So Far
A Lotus Grows in the Mud
The World is Flat

Ann Althouse said...

Mark: I'm aghast that you'd think I'd read two of those. You got one right. Two are reasonable choices, except that you missed the "graphic/comics" factor that applied tot he two autobiographies.

This is like playing that game Mastermind.

Mark said...

Um, you watch American Idol...

I don't get the graphic/comics clue. Please elaborate.

Ann Althouse said...

Mark, reading and watching TV are very different. At least for me. A graphic book would involve drawing -- cartooning, comics. Think of "Maus" as an example.

David Manus said...

Off topic, but nominating Ms. Althouse for the cotillian
http://bamapachyderm.com/archives/2005/05/31/presenting-the-cotillion/

Kathleen B. said...

Mastermind was my favorite game! I had forgotten about it!

here are my guesses:
1776
Becoming Justice Blackman
Freakonomics
Embroideries
In the Shadow of No Towers

Ann Althouse said...

Kathleen: Very good! You got three right!

Mom Underground said...

The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana?

Mark said...

America - Jon Stewart
Becoming Justice Blackmun
The Survivor
Embroideries
In the Shadow of No Towers

Ann Althouse said...

Mark: You got 2.

Ann Althouse said...

Anne: Interesting! I hadn't even noticed that book, but I'll look for it now. Thanks! Anyway, the two graphic books are both autobiographical and nonfiction.

Kathleen B. said...
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Kathleen B. said...

ok, I am replacing 1776 with Vindication : A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft
by Lyndall Gordon. how is that? that is sort-of about the law, but less so. (maybe?)

and replacing In the Shadow of No Towers with Epileptic by David B.

Kathleen B. said...

so putting them all together we have:
Vindication
Becoming Justice Blackman
Freakonomics
Embroideries
Epileptic

Ann Althouse said...

Well thought out, Kathleen, but you are still at three!

Mark said...

My Life Among the Serial Killers
Becoming Justice Blackmun
Freakonomics
Embroideries
Persepolis

Ann Althouse said...

MarK: You have three.