What I Read: August 2014

  • Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls (David Sedaris) //  I'll read anything David Sedaris has written on any topic ever. He's hilariously funny and resonantly truthful at every turn. "The crummy part of swimming is that while you're doing it you can't really see much: the bottom of the pool, certainly, a smudged and fleeting bit of the outside world as you turn your head to breathe. But you can't pick things out -- a man's face, for example, watching from the sidelines when, for the first time in your life, you pull ahead and win."
  • How Did You Get This Number (Sloane Crosley) // "The lies we construct to defend ourselves from humiliation are the strongest, refusing to be torn down." Throughout this collection, you'll find yourself on a crazy fun adventure, enjoying the ride, and then boom! Hit with a truth stick (in the best possible way). My favorite is the final story, entitled "Off the Back of a Truck." It's about romance and a bootleg rug, and it's hands down one of the most elegant, heartfelt, laugh out loud funny pieces I've read.
  • The Drunkard's Walk (Leonard Mlodinow) // This one was challenging at first because it presents a rich and detailed history of randomness and probability theory -- concepts I hadn't quite wrapped my mind around prior to reading. It felt dense. Or, more accurately, I felt dense. Regardless, it then launches into some lively examples and draws conclusions like: "If you want to succeed, double your failure rate." Yup. Also, food for thought: "The ability to evaluate meaningful connections among different phenomena in our environment may be so important that it is worth seeing a few mirages." Just saying.