I could easily skip documenting this past month because I don’t feel like I read much. Preceding St. Patrick’s Day, I came across on article on the top Irish crime writers. I only clicked it to see if Tana French was on it; she was! And to my surprise, she isn’t even Irish. Wut! She relocated to Dublin via Vermont. Anyhow, I ended up tracking down her first crime wherein she introduces her main protagonist. In the Woods. It did not disappoint. It did occupy a solid week of evening reading though, because when I sit down to it already sleepy, I don’t get too far along in one dose.
Tana French’s Dublin Police Squad series uses the procedural to explore macro and micro visions of the Republic, from large societal changes to small human moments.
Settling down in the evening is certainly why I prefer listening; so I can be lying down with my eyes closed 🙂 If you’re a new reader of mine, no, I do not own a t.v. I’m very noncommittal to Netflix too, seeing as I also disdain wasting money on something I don’t use.
Podcasts continue to reign. After listening to an interview on Joe Rogan’s podcast with Italian historian professor Daniele Bolelli, I subscribed to Bolelli’s History on Fire. From The Roman Slave Wars, to Caravaggio, to Native American slaughter, to the wars between the Mayans and the Spaniards in Mexico…it’s definitely not light and dainty. On Fire, as it’s titled. I’ve listened to 8 different episodes; only quibble is his very thick Italian accent.
Still enjoying a few scattered back episodes of Our Fake History, and the most recent on Cleopatra was quite good. Not the usual Cleopatra stories.
The New York Times has a new podcast coming out called Caliphate. The trailer came out March 9th and appears to be an on-the-ground ‘quest to understand the Islamic State.‘ Intrigued.
Tides of History via Wondery began a series on Gutenberg and the Printing Press. We’re on the third episode, having wrapped up The Roman Empire and the Renaissance.
It’s almost a joke but actually very true: one could skip a history degree at university and just plow your way through a number of history podcast. Dan Carlin’s Hard Core History is the most respected podcast to date; and no joke, upwards of 5 hours for ONE EPISODE. In no way are these productions taken lightly. In no way are the narrators under-prepared or short of research. I love having it all at my fingertips.
Wrapping up the month, I decided to pick up a book I started and didn’t finish about 6 months ago. I really do enjoy the cultural backdrop in most procedural crime. Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama
One of the highest grossing books in Japan when it came out: The Crime Thriller That is a Publishing Phenomenon in Japan
If you’ve gotten this far, maybe you’re interested in this What Exactly Does a Librarian Do? Everything apparently! One aspect the author doesn’t touch on is how libraries have become full-service cultural centers, from teaching how to file taxes or write resumes to applying for jobs. Because the computer access is free. She also fails to mention how miscreants and hobos utilize them; at least at the lower socioeconomic branches. If I were homeless, I can certainly imagine worse places to be than a library.
Happy Spring. Hope it’s warming up where you are.