Phil, Queen's Square | May 2, 2018
In January, I made the bold suggestion that together we could become better read. To that end, I suggested titles to read each month, with the intent to help understand issues and to think deeply about the world in which we live.
In April I read and reviewed:
- How to Fix the Future by Andrew Keen
- Hacking the American Mind by Robert Lustig
- World Without Mind by Franklin Foer
- Spinning Magnet by Alanna Mitchell
- Anesthesia by Kate Cole-Adams
In a month, where I read a number of books with mind in the title, Anesthesia was the surprise hit of the bunch. Thoughtful, well written, challenging, a page-turner, and frightening in places, Anesthesia is the most interesting book on consciousness I’ve read, all by trying to identify what it means to be “unconscious”.Wow.
So what’s up for May? This month I’ll be reading Directorate S: the C.I.A. and America's secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Steve Coll. To be honest, I’m a huge fan of his writing so I’m super-excited to dig into this one. I’ll also be reading Ideas Industry by Daniel Drezner. (When you work at Idea Exchange this seems like a must read). To round out the month I’ll also check out In the Enemy's House: the secret saga of the FBI agent and the code breaker who caught the Russian spies by Howard Blum, and Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World by Maya Jasanoff.