His new book is Jetpack Dreams: One Man's Up and Down (But Mostly Down) Search for the Greatest Invention That Never Was.
This week I asked him what he was reading. His reply:
I've been reading Apples and Oranges, a memoir about her often difficult relationship with her brother by the journalist Marie Brenner. I saw the book on a couple of end-of-year Best Of lists and it looked interesting so I picked it up. It is quite good and well done -- the writing is sharp and the dynamics of the relationships are nuanced and familiar to anyone who has had strained familial experiences, which is everyone, really. I am additionally interested in Brenner's book as I'm thinking about my next project and I am leaning toward trying something closer to this genre than to whatever quirky genre my first book belongs. It's partly for this reason that I am next going to read Hurry Down Sunshine, a memoir by Michael Greenberg. While reading Apples and Oranges, I took a break halfway through to read a short but snappy treatise on the theme of snark by New Yorker critic David Denby. The book is called, naturally, Snark. It's a fun and lively exploration of that voice that has come to dominate not only much of the online discourse but plenty of media of all kinds.Watch the Jetpack Dreams trailer and read an excerpt from the book at the official website.