Suggested Reading

In the absence of someone else posting today, I submit the following, for your reading pleasure. Inside Job is a Hugo-award-winning story by Connie Willis, who writes rather decent science fiction, to put it mildly. Asimov’s has it available for free right now, (and possibly forever?,) and I’ve been reading over the course of the day. I don’t remember where I ran across the link to it this morning, but it has done an excellent job of distracting me from work and from having real conversations ever since.

Anyway, go, read, enjoy, and begin to idolize H.L. Mencken. He plays a large role in the story, and you will get to enjoy many of his fine, skeptical, cynical quotations, such as these:

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.

Puritanism is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.

That’s it. Really. Go read. I have nothing else to say.

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One Response to Suggested Reading

  1. Dana says:

    In a move that I’m pretty sure Mencken would have appreciated, all of Darwin’s writing is now available on the internet, from two different complimentary projects:

    Darwin Correspondence Project, which archives the many, many letters Darwin sent and recieved from his nearly 2000 correspondents. Don’t we all feel like slackers in the letter-writing dept. now?

    Darwin Online, which contains the complete, (non-letter,) works by Darwin, and many of those about him, too.

    Mmmm, science.

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