Links and Books, February 2022

Posted on 28 Feb 2022 by Steve Markham

Links

Books

  • The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, audiobook. Great, like Mistborn. Around 4 or 5 hours I decided to listen to all 45 hours, and around 9 hours I started ignoring my children to listen more, or would get irritated when the storyline would switch between characters, because I wanted to know what happened next to this character. Sadly, it was due back before I finished, so it’s back on my hold list.
  • Woke Racism by John McWhorter. I had high hopes, and was disappointed. The beginning of the book is full of him putting words in other people’s mouths, and phrasing things in a way I can’t possibly believe those other people would agree with. I stopped reading when he said, “Many reviews will dismiss this book as being about something that doesn’t really matter. But if that’s true, why are you reading it?” I mean, I read a little past that to see if he answered the question, but he didn’t. If you don’t already agree with him, he certainly doesn’t try to persuade you.
  • Seeing Like a State by James Scott. I’ve seen it mentioned a million times and I think I already understand the fundamental concept (that some kinds of knowledge are more legible than others), but I decided to buckle down and actually read it. So far so good.
  • The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan. This is the sequel to Eye of the World from June.

Quotes

  • “The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride.” –Zelensky (to Biden)