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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

A Good Death
Christopher R. Cox
The Black Cargo
John P. Marquand
A Highland Christmas
M.C. Beaton
Tales from Moominvalley
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton
Moominland Midwinter
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton
On The Beach (Vintage Classics)
Nevil Shute Norway
The Maltese Falcon
Dashiell Hammett
Obscure Destinies
Willa Cather
A Start in Life (The Michael Cullen Novels)
Alan Sillitoe
Mobilizing Web Sites: Strategies for Mobile Web Implementation
Kristofer Layon

The Thin Man

The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett I have a vague recollection of having seen a Thin Man movie back when I was a kid. So I wanted to read the original. It is pretty good. Basically it seems that the author meticulously copied his style from the character, Guy Noir, from Garrison Keillor (obviously the other way 'round). What I learned from the book is that Asta is a miniature schnauzer (not wirehaired fox terrier as in the movie) and that the "thin man" wasn't a reference to Nick Charles, but to the guy Nick Charles was trying to find, an inventor of some kind.