Wednesday, February 25, 2004

courtesy of Jay (my fellow peon grunt over the summer at the Fed):

If an economist and an IRS agent were both drowning and you could only save one of them, would you go to lunch or read the paper?

spending a lot of time reading non-work-related stuff, which is bad, because i have:

(a) 10pg final for Chinese Politics due friday of tenth week;
(b) 4000 word paper on ASEAN due for Duncan's class on the same day; and
(c) 7-10pg final paper due for Little Red Schoolhouse on the monday following that. yay. the draft for THAT, my friends, is due next monday. wish me luck.

so of course, i procrastinate by reading Krugman's latest effort, The Great Unravelling, and also A Passion for Books (eds. Harold Rabinowitz and Rob Kaplan). now, in that great little book of essays about books and reading, i found a piece titled The New Lifetime Reading Plan (Clifton Fadiman and John S. Major) comprising a list of 133 entries that encompass everything you ever need to read, according to the authors. So, like any good geek would, i ran through the list to see (a) how many i've read; and (b) how many names i don't even recognise. in interests of saving space and not blowing everyone's mind, all i list below are the ones i've never even heard of -- tag me if you've read them, and props to you if you have! =)

23. Kalidasa, ca.400, The Cloud Messenger and Sakuntala
25. Hui-neng, 638-713, The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch
26. Firdausi, ca.940-1020, Shah Nameh
50. Matsuo Basho, 1644-1694, The Narrow Road to the Deep North
58. Laurence Sterne, 1713-1768, Tristam Shandy
120. Kawabata Yasunari, 1899-1972, Beauty and Sadness
130. Thomas Kuhn, 1922-1996, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
131. Mishima Yukio, 1925-1970, Confessions of a Mask; The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
133. Chinua Achebe, 1930-, Things Fall Apart

now, i clearly spend entirely too much time not working. and now i am going to compound it by going back to Dan Drezner's blog and browsing around in there, quite happily, for a long time. =) ciao!


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