Consider this...

"Take away the right to say fuck and you take away the right to say 'fuck the government'." - Lenny Bruce

These are presented in the order in which John read them. This year’s reads included more Richard Powers, more science of various sorts, some excellent novels and Joe Bageant’s wonderful memoire plus analysis of a certain part of the USA.

Read more...

John has finally given in and accepted that “read” can be a noun and not just a verb. These are not necessarily all books published in 2009. In fact, maybe only one of them was. Reading for 2009 included lots of Richard Powers and books on neuroscience, but also a re-read of “Gravity’s Rainbow” and a wonderful Chinese book.

Read more...

(This was first published as a Facebook note.)

These are not necessarily books written in 2008, just ones John read during the year. He has not picked the top ten, just the top ones, and there happen to be ten. Here they are, in no particular order. The list includes some books on evolution, some excellent novels and a wonderful classic John had not yet discovered.

Read more...