@cgrajko Someone mentioned books!

I effing love the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast. Love it. If you are not listening and even vaguely like the stories, you now no longer have any excuse. Go.

Nobody at all will be surprised to know I am a voracious (and relatively omnivorous) reader.

I am on one of my cyclical nonfiction kicks right now. I just finished Stuart Brown’s Play, which presents a fairly good case, IMO, for why we should all give ourselves permission to goof off more often. Especially those of us who are either chronologically or philosophically “adult.” Lots of people feel a big pressure to “be serious” once they reach a certain point in their lives, despite the fact that doing so is actually terribly bad for you on a number of levels. It stifles innovation and, moreover, makes you bored, contributing to a larger-scale loss of interest in things.

Brown is a big proponent of physical play, and while he doesn’t exactly relegate electronic games to “chopped liver” status it’s interesting to hear his concerns about varieties of play that don’t take advantage of physical closeness with other humans or face to face interaction. (He does acknowledge that reading books or writing stories or other sedentary-but-creative activities absolutely count as “play.” So I guess those of you who make fan modules or build stuff in Minecraft get the thumbs-up.)

Next in the queue: Joseph Hallinan’s Why We Make Mistakes. Well, that or The Tigress of Forli, featuring Caterina Sforza. Some of you may remember her from her appearance in a certain popular franchise.

I’m also waiting for the library to dig up the next Nero Wolfe book for me. I have a weakness for detective novels as “brain candy” reading, and I find Archie charming as a narrator. Just a little noir-ish, just a little cozy. Good times.

The Master and Margarita is one of those I have repeatedly almost read; I’m curious about it, but it and I never seem to be in the same place when I’m in the mood, if that makes sense. Glad to hear it’s being well received by persons whose opinions I respect. 😉

And a second “amen” to the joy of free old books on e-readers. (Or new books, if you’ve got an e-reading capable device and a library card.) One of my most frequently used apps on my iPad is the Overdrive app. It is ugly. It is clunky. It also lets me carry around (counts) seven library books at the same time, and I can return them when I’m finished whether the library’s open or not.

@unmanneddrone Woo hoo! New Squad mix!

Also, if you enjoy stories of true adventure in extreme locales, I have two recommendations. Robert Kurson’s Shadow Divers is excellent, and other Squaddies may have heard me recommend it before. It’s still good: American divers discover the wreck of a U-boat off the coast of New Jersey, where it has absolutely no business being. What ensues is a combination of character study of the divers and adventure tale of deep wreck-diving, a horrendously dangerous activity that I’m glad someone has written about in this compelling way so that I don’t necessarily have to go get myself possibly-killed to share in the experience in some way. 😉

For those who prefer their extreme adventure with a more geological spin, James Tabor’s Blind Descent is also pretty darned great. Follow along as two groups of explorers place their bets and go looking for the world’s deepest “supercave.” Again, horrendously dangerous, but an entertaining read.

…I’d better stop, or I’ll be at this all day…