Currently reading or re-reading:
Dark Ages America by Morris Berman - the thesis of the book is that the US will become marginalized on the world stage within a few decades, with it's hegemony being replaced by either China or the European Union. In addition, he argues that the US is well on the way to becoming a police state.
Consciousness Explained by Daniel C. Dennett - a witty, lucid, and eminently readable analysis of well, consciousness, in which Dennett presents his theories, demolishes that of others who insist on there being something metaphysical/unknowable about how the brain works, supported with solid reasoning from cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence, neuroscience and biology.
The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan translated by Jane Hirshfield and Mariko Aratani - translations of poems written by two ladies of the Heian court of Japan between the 9th and 11th centuries AD. Brief and intense, they describe the authors' longing, fulfillment and disillusion with love. Some examples are on my webpage.
How to Cheat at Everything by Simon Lovell - Witty and detailed descriptions of just about every kind of con, fraud, and hustle.
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger - Though the title suggests a science fiction novel, the book is actually a charming love story. Recommended.
Last edited by shaad; May 12, 2007 at 02:55 PM.