Operation 52 – Week 10 and 11!
So once again I found myself more interested in reading the books rather than documenting my progress reading them. I suppose that’s just another stage of advancement in this project of mine. I’ve found my way through two more texts and have marched past the 1/5th mark! The strides will only get larger and the distance crossed will become all the easier with each text.
A sloppy analogy was training in Tae Kwan Do, in the beginning I found myself winded by lifting a leg (I was not a healthy kid) and soon I was sparring for hours without winding. Admittedly I’ve let myself go again and I’m once again going to start fighting that. If I can build myself mentally I can once again build myself physically.
Soon too get a doctor and a dentist and really move on towards a long healthy life. Something I cherish because it gives me more time to learn, it’s a delicate shell we bare and it must be treated with respect otherwise it just might break down like an expensive pickup (oh they do break down and when they do it is very costly).
As for my own personal story, the one I’m writing not the one I’m living (or am I living it by writing it? Philosophical debates about otherwise obvious points! Maybe some other time), is going swimmingly. I’ve begun designing the shins of the story, so to speak, I started with the feet and am working up towards a whole human.
But why start with the feet? It’s nice and far away from the most important part of the body (arguably) and I’d like to think that the most important part of my story will be the end, because hopefully much like the brain it will provide the reader with an avenue to imagine and hope. My goal is to leave the readers wanting more but being utterly satisfied otherwise. Like Clucks ‘n’ Fries at your local Red Robin (which if one is not near you I apologize), it is heaven in a few supple strips and though you’ll likely be full by the end and not immediately wanting more the idea of more right that moment is in no way revolting.
At least I know I’m thinking to myself “I wonder when next we’ll visit for another delicious boneless piece of heaven?” Which reminds me of diets, my fiancé and myself are both using a program called “MyFitnessPal” the name crunched tightly so that the iPhone character Nazi’s won’t leave a … at the end cutting it off. I get pretty grumpy when that happens to folders I make, but that’s another one of those less important stories for the update.
The “Foundation and Earth” is an amazing finale to the story of our Galaxy recovering from a great collapse of the central governing body. The ending decision that I will not spoil brings up an incredibly pertinent point about togetherness and the human appreciation of life. It is a belief that I support and have in the past argued with friends about human nature and the true likelihood of human action when left to its own devises. It’s a powerful book in itself but I still think the entire series is worth a look.
Colbert’s “I Am America (And So Can You!)” is an interesting parody on a view that is very real in our country. It’s so convincing that it is disturbing, he projects a series of beliefs that are all in themselves highly destructive and evil in their ignorance, each time you think “This can’t possibly be an act.” A perfectly executed quip in the margins will jar you from that fear and remind you that this is a precise surgical attack on ideological structures that should be quickly disassembled. It was fun and I read the vast majority today which is a plus (it’s a fluid experience).
Let me update the list below with the next set of books :).
Week 9: Foundations’ Edge – Isaac Asimov (480 Pages / 68 Pages Nightly)
Week 10: Foundation and Earth – Isaac Asimov ( 528 Pages / 75 Pages Nightly)
Week 11: I Am America (And So Can You!) – Stephen Colbert ( 240 Pages / 34 Pages Nightly)
Week 12: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book) Teacher’s Edition – Jon Stewart (240 Pages / 34 Pages Nightly)
Week 9: The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (832 Pages / 119 Pages Nightly)
Week 10: Why Does E=mc2?: (And Why Should We Care?) – Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw (264 Pages / 37 Pages Nightly)
Week 11: The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution – Richard Dawkins (480 Pages / 69 Pages Nightly)
Week 12: The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason – Sam Harris (256 Pages / 36 Pages Nightly)
Week 1: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling (448 Pages / 64 Pages Nightly)
Week 2: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling (752 Pages / 107 Pages Nightly)
Week 3: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling (870 Pages / 125 Pages Nightly)
Week 4: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling (652 Pages / 93 Pages Nightly)
Week 5: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling (784 Pages / 112 Pages Nightly)
Week 6: Under the Dome: A Novel – Stephen King (1074 Pages / 153 Pages Nightly) Week 7: Foundation and Empire – Isaac Asimov (272 Pages / 38 Pages Nightly)
Second Foundation – Isaac Asimov (272 Pages / 38 Pages Nightly)