If there is a benefit to being shut in by rain and floods this spring, it’s that I spent some time at home reading.
There was “Collapse” by Jared Diamond, which examined environmental collapses in a number of historical societies. I liked it as much for Diamond’s comparative histories as for his defense of environmental conservation.
Then I finally got around to “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini. The movie was okay and turns out to be fairly faithful to the book. The book characters are much, much more complicated. It’s an easy read and a good story.
For something a little lighter, I picked up “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim” by David Sedaris. I’ve read parts of “Me Talk Pretty One Day”, which is really funny. Does he choose titles his books by playing with those refrigerator magnet word puzzles? “Dress Your Family” is funny too, but a little darker than “Me Talk Pretty”. Most of the stories deal with his family relationships, but they are unflattering portraits of a large family with a disproportionate number of underachievers. Sedaris does refer to the fact that his family is wary of telling him anything lest he publish it in a book. I’m not sure I could do that to my folks, which is why I don’t write about them much here.