Charmed Life


Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Sam M says:

    I recently started re-reading David Shi’s awesome “Simple Life,” which traces America’s tendency to flirt with “austerity” all the way back to the Pilgrims. Seriously. It’s more awesome than it sounds.Report

  2. Avatar Ian M. says:

    Consider Phlebas is a good starting point for The Culture. If you like it though, don’t be afraid to read the rest of them in any order – they barely mention each other.
    I’m reading Anathem by Neal Stephenson right now, which is great but long and a slow starter. That said, it’s recommended.
    On Tuesday the third “Laundry” book by Charles Stross comes out and you might say I’m excited. Laundry books are basically Lovecraft plus Len Deighton or Robert Ludlum. Spies versus the super ancient ones – shortish and excellent. Start with “Atrocity Archive”. You might try “Sweet Silver Blues” by Glen Cook for a good, but fast fantasy – fantasy world private eye basically.Report

  3. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    _Little, Big_ is astonishingly good, but calls to be reread. I’ve only read it once, and have no clue what it’s really about.Report

  4. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    Oh, and my current read is Terry Pratchett’s _Small Gods_, in which we learn, among other things, that

    “Life in the world, is, as it were, a sojourn is a cave. What can we know of reality? For all we see of the true nature of existence is, shall we say, no more than bewildering and amusing shadows cast upon the inner wall of the cave […] and we as troglodyte seekers of wisdom can only lift our voices to the unseen and say humbly “Go on, do the Deformed Rabbit. It’s my favorite.”Report