Currently Reading and Tabled

I’ve always got several books going at once. Here’s what’s in rotation right now.

Currently Reading

Newport, Cal. Digital Minimalism: Choosing A Focused Life In A Noisy World. New York: Portfolio Penguin, 2019.

I read anything and everything by Newport. Period.

McNamee, Roger. Zucked: Waking Up To The Facebook Catastrophe. New York: Penguin Press, 2019.

Initial thoughts… I’d be more impressed with McNamee if he had divested himself of his holdings in Facebook.

Dreyer, Benjamin. Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style. New York: Random House, 2019.

Benjamin Dreyer is the Copy Chief for Random House. The review for this book in the New York Times sent me racing to order it. Thus far, Dreyer does not disappoint.

UPDATE: I love this book, but I have to take this in small doses. Dreyer is hilarious and the humor is often so subtle I realize five pages later that I’ve missed something. Lots of backtracking but it’s fun.

Friel, Joe. The Cyclist’s Training Bible: The World’s Most Comprehensive Training Guide. Boulder, CO: Velopress, 2018.

Another one I’ll be taking my time reading. There is a lot of information I must absorb prior to my 400+ mile ride in July.

UPDATE: Friel needed a copyeditor in the worst way possible. Not just for typos… but for tone and repetition. I need the information. The prose is standing in the way.

The Tao of Seneca. 3 volumes. PDF format.

Available from the blog of Tim Ferriss. I printed these out and had them spiral bound. This one will be on this list for a while. I’m working on a large project focusing on Seneca’s letters which I’ll be posting on this site when completed. It will consume at least six months.


Korda, Michael. Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia. New York: Harper Collins, 2012.

I’m slogging my way through this one. There’s a ton of minutiae throughout the first half of this book. I’m hoping the narrative picks up… and I’m pretty sure it will based on my viewing of the David Lean movie.

UPDATE: I’ve tabled this one for the time being as I’ve lost interest.

Grumbach, Doris. Fifty Days of Solitude Boston: Beacon Press, 1994.

I’d never heard of Doris Grumbach. I’ve never read a word of hers before this. This slim little volume was discovered languishing in a used bookstore in Chicago this past fall. And it has provoked much thought on every single page. Grumbach decided to spend fifty straight days without speaking to another human being in the middle of a cold Maine winter… which sounds like a lovely way to spend a winter… now doesn’t it?

UPDATE: This book has slipped down in my rotation… and it really shouldn’t. It’s going to require a few quiet nights of focus. Grumbach deserves this out of respect for this subtle yet powerful work.