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Jan Reading List

December was a slow reading month for me. I was trying to finish writing a book, went to several Christmas parties and went to my parents’ house for the holidays (and binged on Black Mirror instead). Anyways, I’m back at it.

  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem (Joan Didion): Didion writes from an insider/outsider viewpoint that allows her to critique the world she is from. Great prose (as always), which gives me nostalgia for a California I never lived in
  • Leaving The Atocha Station (Ben Lerner): Short, indie-feeling story about a man in his mid-twenties living and learning in Madrid while on a writing fellowship. My favorite part was when the first-person narrator admits (repeatedly) that he’s lying
  • Less Than Zero (Bret Easton Ellis): Read it cover-to-cover on my flight back from Barcelona. Feels stream of conscious with a flow of drugs, sex and materialism that leaves the reader also wanting to leave the vapid world of LA by the end
  • Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel (Rolf Potts): I’ve read this before, but now it’s more applicable than ever (I now work for a remote company that powers WordPress). Quick read, but got me excited about the prospect of long term travel shortly

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