Recent reads

Read a couple of good books. Bryson’s Lost Continent is about Bill’s travels through America as he tried to find the perfect small town. He gets close but never finds his ‘Amalgam’. Along the way he mostly finds cheesy tourist traps and sites and sounds that remind him of trips with his father as a boy. Lost Continent wasn’t as engaging as A Walk in the Woods. In the latter his sarcasm is often very funny. In the former, it often comes off as whining.

Last weekend I read the War of Art by Steven Pressfield. It is a short and lively book that’s hard to put down. It’s a series of short, insightful tidbits–almost a meditation–on why we don’t do the things we are “supposed” to do. Resistance is the thing that keeps us from being true to ourselves. The book explains sources of Resistance and offers a firm foot applied to your backside to get you moving. There are a couple of times Steven gets a little too metaphysical but I still enjoyed it.