About a month ago I asked him what he was reading. His reply:
A couple of weeks ago I finished Behind the Beautiful Forevers, by Katherine Boo, one of the best books I’ve read in a long, long time. It’s an incredibly moving, funny, and harrowing non-fiction account of life in one particular slum in Mumbai – an examination of both global capitalism and the human spirit (every aspect of the human spirit, good and bad).Visit Lou Berney's website and blog, and the Whiplash River Facebook page.
Right now I’m reading The Rules of the Game, by Neil Strauss, one of the preeminent “pick-up artists” in the world. No, I am not reading this book to sharpen my skills at meeting and dating attractive women (I am already happily married to an attractive woman, at least until she discovers that I’m reading The Rules of the Game). The book is interesting to me because of the socio-psychological jambalaya behind the so-called Game, and how it applies to everyday human interaction. Not to get too yoga about it, but I think Strauss’s book – if you read it with the right frame of mind – helps one become more present in the world. (And if that doesn’t work for me, at least I’ll have a lot of useful information to use for a pick-up artist/con-man in a future crime novel.)
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