In response to Mark Safranski’s question, of the books in my overflowing and bizarrely eclectic library that I still have yet to read here are a few notables.
The first is the The Supreme Court Review, 2006. Every Christmas some dear old friends give me the annual edition, published by the University of Chicago, of this series. Reading it enables me to read a little law and get some feel both for what the United States Supreme Court is up to and directions in legal scholarship. It usually takes me the whole year to get around to reading it but I’m always glad I did. And in case you were wondering I read medical books and math books for recreation, too.
The second is the actress Hermione Gingold’s first book, The World is Square. I loved reading her autobiography and I look forward to reading this book, which I gave to my wife for Christmas, too.
The last book is Following Ghosts by John Rice and Suzanne Clothier. This is a book about tracking. Dogs’ sense of smell is acute and so foreign to us that it from our standpoint it amounts to ESP. We can’t even imagine the amount of information they get from scents but I’m sure it includes data like time, space, age, and state of health. I’m quite certain that dogs can identify family relationships by sense of smell alone. Our junior bitch, Nola, has a remarkable gift in this area.
How’s that for varied tastes in reading?
I may as well tag a few others to keep the chain going. How about
So, what’s in your anti-library? Books you own but haven’t read. What do you hope to learn or accomplish by reading them?