The Books That Wrote Me 2017

Early January: Kicking Off 2017[PDF] Word Cloud

Topics: packing • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens • Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow • The Hamilton Mixtape


Mid March: Hurrying Up and Waiting[PDF] Word Cloud

Topics: hurrying up and waiting • Elanor Susan • Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow • Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow • Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett • Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds • Death’s End by Cixin Liu • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown • Wollheim’s World’s Best Science Fiction: Series 4 aka The 1975 Annual World’s Best SF edited by Donald A. Wollheim


06 June: A Deplorable Fever[PDF] Word Cloud

Topics: the old office and studio • the new house • our fever • the deplorable left • Driftglass’s angry tribalism • the professional left world view • in a dark place • balanced in the scales and found wanting • never Hillary • why Trump? • Animals by Pink Floyd • the New YorkerRevenger by Alastair Reynolds • Crime and Punishment by Foydor Dostoevsky, translated by Oliver Ready • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling • I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett • Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet by Douglas Adams and James Goss


12 June: Swamp Daze[PDF] Word Cloud

Topics: tall grass • work • sorting and packing • White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America by Joan C. Williams • solidarity and the lack of it • Doctor Who Series Ten


16 June: A Cooling-Off Period[PDF] Word Cloud

Topics: climate change • White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America by Joan C. Williams • Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet by Douglas Adams and James Goss • Pottscast news


17 July: You Should See the Other Guy[PDF] Word Cloud

Topic: our baby daughter Elanor’s open-heart surgery


21 July: Read It, Late July 2017[PDF] Word Cloud

Topics: news • driving • For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver • William Hope Hodgson • My Struggle, Book 5 by Karl Ove Knausgaard • Essentialism by Greg McKeown • shaving


28 Aug: The End of Summer[PDF] Word Cloud

Topics: summer in Michigan • the Blueberry Book Barn • Science Fiction Book Club editions • “The Little Black Bag” by C. M. Kornbluth • The Grace and Paul Pottscast • BBEdit worksheets • the Pottscast feeds • Proxima by Stephen Baxter • Redemption Ark by Alastair Reynolds • A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin • I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling • the Glenn Carrig remastered


25 Sep: The End of my Forties[PDF] Word Cloud

Topics: Pottscast update • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling • Absolution Gap by Alastair Reynolds • “— And He Built a Crooked House —” by Robert A. Heinlein • “The Endochronic Properties of Resublimated Thiotimoline” by Isaac Asimov


09 Oct: Read It, October 2017[PDF] Word Cloud

Topics: Doctor Strange (2016 film) • Deep Navigation by Alastair Reynolds • The Compleat Enchanter by Fletcher Pratt and L. Sprague de Camp • The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White


24 Oct: Blade Runner 2049[PDF] Word Cloud

Topics: Blade Runner 2049 (2017 film): my long-form critical review (spoiler warning: this review discloses pretty much everything that happens in the film!)


13 Nov: Read It and Watched It, November 2017[PDF] Word Cloud

Topics: Deep Navigation by Alastair Reynolds, continued • d’Aulaire’s Book of Norse Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire • Thor: Ragnarok (2017 film)

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