January 2016

One month down and I’ve read seven books. I didn’t do full posts on most of them (already a bad blogger), but some thoughts below.

The Sound of the Mountain – Yasunari Kawabata

This was my fourth Kawabata book – the other three were Thousand CranesSnow Country, and House of the Sleeping Beauties. 

Ideas Have Consequences – Richard M. Weaver

This is Richard M. Weaver. He probably looks exactly like you thought he would.

This is a book by a man who believed strongly in a great many things that I disagree with. Richard M. Weaver, by all accounts, was a crotchety kind of gentleman, born and raised in the South, who was horrified by the loss of gentility and chivalry and God-fearing that infected the entire United States after the South lost the Civil War.


It’s time for all good bloggers to share their new year’s resolutions. I don’t have a list of resolutions so much as a number of goals based on a common theme: to live more slowly.

I’m currently reading William Powers’ New Slow City.* Powers previously wrote a book about living in a 12 x 12 cabin in the middle of nowhere, where it is very easy to live slowly and deliberately.