- The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life by James Martin
- The Islanders by Christopher Priest
- Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
- This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life by David Foster Wallace
Odd fits and starts in my reading this month, distracted and unattached.
- The Avian Gospels by Adam Novy — started and liked, but didn’t grab my attention and moved on for the time being
- The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life by James Martin — loving this book, as I love the Jesuit philosophy, in preparation for Easter
- The Islanders by Christopher Priest —just started, but very intrigued
- Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace — precious little progress as other shiny things grabbed my attention
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn —I don’t usually like reading “books of the moment,” but I’ll be damned if this book didn’t completely engross me. I haven’t love-hated a book like this in a long time.
- Pavane by Keith Roberts — Perhaps the opposite of Gone Girl, this quiet and intense alternate history is remarkable and sometimes frustrating.
- Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation by Sharon Salzberg —Reading this in preparation for undertaking the 28-day Meditation Challenge in February
- The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks —Banks’ newest Culture novel; I just started this a few nights ago.
Chris Hayes, Victor LaValle, Ayana Mathis, Michael Chabon, and George Saunders discuss the political stories we tell, the construction of artifice, and Saunders’ assertion that trust and authenticity are the only drivers of a voice that works in both poetics and politics.
I’m not sure if it’s new to the application, but it’s new to me: a custom URL scheme in 1Password for iOS 4.1 that allows you to send any web page in Safari directly to the excellent browser within 1Password. So smart.
It’s easy: say you’re on a page in Safari that requires a login—and of course you’re using 1Password (or something like it) to assign unique and strong passwords for every site you belong to.
Just touch up in the URL bar, and make your way to the very front of the URL (where it starts http:// or https://). Simply add op to the beginning. Press Go. You may have to confirm that you want to switch to 1Password. Press Open.
Unlock 1Password when it opens, and you’ll be presented with the page in its built-in browser. Press the login key and select your desired credentials.
“Look at it another way. We’re here. We’re nice guys. We’re doing O.K. But we know that in X number of years, we won’t be here, and between now and then something unpleasant is gonna happen, or at least potentially unpleasant and scary. And when we turn to try and understand that, I don’t really think the humanist verities are quite enough. Because that would be crazy if they were. It would be so weird if we knew just as much as we needed to know to answer all the questions of the universe. Wouldn’t that be freaky? Whereas the probability is high that there is a vast reality that we have no way to perceive, that’s actually bearing down on us now and influencing everything. The idea of saying, ‘Well, we can’t see it, therefore we don’t need to see it,’ seems really weird to me.”
George Saunders, “George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You’ll Read This Year”