I don’t know about you guys, and perhaps I am just the most morbid person ever, but I am fascinated by air disasters. FASCINATED.
The Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappearance? Forget it. I was captivated. I ate up every soundbite and possible lead during the 24-hour news cycle immediately following the tragedy. 16 months later, it was oddly comforting to hear that the wing debris that washed up this week was potentially part of Flight 370.
Okay now I sound like the biggest psychopath ever.
It’s not the loss of life. That is tragic and heartbreaking and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.
I think at the heart of my fascination is a) my deep love for transportation. I’ve gone through phases of obsession with model planes, model cars, model ships, etc.
And b) I love a good mystery. Who doesn’t? There’s a reason CSI was one of the most popular shows on TV for almost 15 years.
They say that every air disaster is actually a blessing because it identifies a unique problem that engineers then invest enormous resources in to pinpoint and resolve. That problem should never occur again. And that’s why air travel is so safe.
Well all I had to know about this month’s C&C book club choice is that it centers around several air disasters in the 1950s. I’m sure there’s lots of plot and character development too… blah blah blah. But I can’t wait to get into this one!
In the Unlikely Event
At no other point in human history have we had such easy access to people. We have apps to connect with people, to meet people, to find people. So why are so many of us having trouble finding a romantic relationship?
It all seemed so easy in years gone by when you would meet someone from your neighborhood and settle down. But then again the divorce rate is at 50% as a result of these “convenient” relationships.
I could go on and on because sociology, and especially the study of romantic relationships, fascinates me.
Aziz Ansari and NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg teamed up to help illuminate the landscape of dating, courtship, romance, etc. in a way that only a comedian and a social scientist could.
This book is literally everywhere right now – and there’s good reason.
It’s hilarious and incredibly interesting. So step away from OKCupid, Tinder, and all those other apps and give this a read. You’ll love it.
The Essentials: Modern Romance
This book reco is a drastic departure from my last one.
I went from period romance with some science thrown in – to a sci-fi action adventure… with some science thrown in. I guess I’m a nerd who can’t escape some good science.
The Martian is about a team of astronauts who accidentally leave a man behind on the red planet. Here’s an excerpt from the dust jacket:
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.
Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.
But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
That’s some exciting shit, amiright??
I plowed through this one in just two flights (LA->NYC and back) so it’s the perfect quick read for a day on the beach, etc.
PS – read it before the movie comes out!
Alright, homies – Father’s Day is a mere week away so I’m going to be posting at least once every day leading up to the day of dads with suggestions on gifts that will delight that gent who calls you son / daughter.
Woah how was that for a run-on lead sentence??
In any event, today I bring you two books that are sure to make your dad glad.
First, if your dad is anything like mine, he likes a nice beer now and then. Quench his thirst with some light reading on the best craft beers in the states. The United States of Craft Beer: A Guide to the Best Craft Breweries Across America will help him discover some new faves.
Second, if your dad is a watch connoisseur, gift him with About Time: Celebrating Men’s Watches. It’s okay if you can’t afford to get him that Rolex he’s been eyeing. This will show him that you care… without breaking the bank.
Stay tuned for more ideas tomorrow and every day this week!
If those don’t float your boat, check out some of these choice reads sure to speak to one of your dad’s interests.
If you would ask me to summarize my book club reco this month… I would have a tough time doing so.
But since you asked, I’ll try.
The Signature of All Things is sort of a period novel about a botanist from a unique and colorful lineage. But mixed into this very solid, scientifically minded protagonist there’s an unexpected raunchy plot line… narrated in a proper, turn of the century manner. It’s bizarre!
I’m of a nerdy, inquisitive-type mind so I actually liked reading about all of the trade and empire building that went into this botanist’s acquisition of wealth and fame.
But then out of nowhere this sexually charged stuff was like WOAH. What??
I have to admit, I’m only halfway through the novel but I don’t need to finish it to recommend it to you all.
I think it would make a great beach or plane read. I read the first 200 pages or so on a cross-country flight and it kept my attention the entire time.
Let me know if you have any other good reads on your nightstand!