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Reading Slothfully

I was told in elementary school that I only could read at half the speed for success in college. Oh well, one benefit of slow reading is you get to live with the characters a longer period of time. I read in a vain attempt to better understand people. At my other homes, I'm known as a spouse, pop, guy in the choir, physical chemist, computer/web dilettante and child-care provider. In theory, I'm a published author, if you consider stuff like Quenching Cross Sections for Electronic Energy Transfer Reactions Between Metastable Argon Atoms and Noble Gases and Small Molecules to count as publications. I've strewn dozens of such fascinating things to the winds.

Currently reading

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas
Jules Verne
The Spirit of the Border
Zane Grey
Ramona the Brave (Ramona, #3)
Beverly Cleary
The Underground Man (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Ross Macdonald
Delilah of the Snows
Harold Bindloss
Mrs. Miniver
Jan Struther
Betsy-Tacy Treasury (P.S.)
Maud Hart Lovelace
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
The Way Some People Die
Ross Macdonald
Envy of Angels
Matt Wallace

Black Boy

Black Boy - Richard Wright, Jerry W. Ward Jr. This was a difficult book to read. Not because of the writing, the writing was excellent. But because of the subject matter. I don't think I realized quite how bad things were in the south for our black brothers and sisters. I've read Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Autobiography of Frederick Douglass, and a few other things, but the sheer depravity with which white people treated black people wasn't quite so painfully described.

Everyone should read this book. It's only been a generation since the civil right's era, and if anyone really thinks racism can be obliterated in one generation, they're drinking a strange kool aid.