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What I Read In April


I thoroughly enjoyed my April reading. I finally caught up on back issues of The Sun, Barrelhouse and The Baffler. I also finally read Edward Abbey’s brilliant Desert Solitaire. I’m a big fan of Sparrow, so I was excited to get to read his new book ahead of its release in May. I’m still reading the wonderful manga series Lone Wolf & Cub. And finally I read (and was underwhelmed by) a couple new comics. How about you?

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What I read in March


March was nothing if not eclectic. I read a book about how the Pittsburgh Pirates used data analysis to turn around the team’s fortunes; a collection of samurai manga; and a book about Dogen’s Shobogenzo, one of the seminal texts of Zen Buddhist philosophy.

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What I Read In January 2016


I started reading the Harry Potter series for the second time in January. Finished it in the middle of February. I also read a bunch of stuff about Unitarian Universalism because my partner and I are getting involved in our local UU fellowship. Scott Meyer’s The Authorities is a charming whodunnit, and A Tale Of The I Ching is a lyrical and fictional account of that famous book’s origins.

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What I Read In August & September


Not much. With the start of my new morning show job and the resultant early nights, coupled with my marathon to finish the 26 years of classic Doctor Who, my reading slowed waaaaaay down in August and September. I read and enjoyed a book about film editing (recommended by Mark Kermode); finished two books about various aspects of Doctor Who that I’d begun earlier in the year; read Neil Perryman’s charming book about watching classic Who with his wife; and read a wonderful biography of Syd Barrett, one of the founding members of Pink Floyd.

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What I Read In July


My reading slowed down in July, at least partly because I started working 60-hour weeks. I really enjoyed what I read, though. It was fun to read Dune for the second time, and I think I got even more out of it this time. My acquaintance Jessica Smith’s excellent book of poetry Life-list was both a challenge and a joy to read. As The World Burns is a funny and terrifying graphic novel. Thomas Merton’s selection of Gandhi’s writing is inspiring. And Letters From Yellowstone is a very engaging epistolary novel. I started, and subsequently gave up on, The Watchman’s Rattle. And I’m partway through about five other books.

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What I Read In June


I read 12 books in June, tilted a bit too heavily toward dudes, apparently. The best thing I read was Zen Teachings Of Homeless Kodo, which I found very inspiring and would recommend to anyone interested in Buddhism generally, and Soto Zen in particular. I enjoyed everything I read this month except Night Film, which started strong and ended up very disappointing.

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