Monday, December 18, 2006

Orhan Pamuk's father

had a habit of bringing him a bar of chocolate when he visited. It's an interesting little piece, part of the Nobel acceptance speech--shades of V. S. Naipaul, too...


  1. I quite enjoyed that. I was wondering, on a sidenote, if there were any history or nonfiction books you might recommend? I dipped into some of your 'highlights of the year' fiction but sadly was a bit disappointed. So much of contemporary fiction is so dreadful.

  2. It's hard to say--I don't read that much of it, and it depends so much on your interests. The "Voices From Chernobyl" book really is essential reading. I tend to gravitate to history of science type stuff--did you read Armand-Marie LeRoi's "Mutants"? That was a great book. Dan Kevles's book about eugenics was also a favorite of mine, more history than science & perhaps more your cup of tea in that case? I am also very much looking forward to Daniel Mendelson's book "The Lost," not sure when I'll get to it but will definitely post when the time comes.